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African and African Diaspora Studies/African American Studies

African and African Diaspora Studies/African American Studies

The African and African Diaspora Studies / African American Studies collections at the University of Texas at Austin include materials in print, online, microform and other formats. Strengths of the UT Library collections include civil rights, human rights, slavery and Southern and Latin American and Caribbean history.

The materials in the University of Texas Libraries (Perry-Castaneda Library and Benson Latin American Collection) are augmented by the collections of the Harry Ransom Center, The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and the LBJ Presidential Library on campus. African American art is included in the collections of the Blanton Museum of Art.

Extensive collections of U.S. and Southern History have been funded since 1914 by the Littlefield Fund for Southern History in addition to other sources. UT Libraries owns the Papers of the NAACP, records of the Black Freedom Struggle and other primary sources online. Plantation records are owned both online and on microfilm and are supplemented by original documents in the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History (notably the Natchez Trace Collection).

Historical newspapers have been purchased in print format for more than 100 years. Online African American (and African) newspapers are also owned by the library. Unique holdings of African American newspapers are included in our microform collections. A unique collection which continues to be developed is the Black Queer Studies Collection.

The African collections, due to recent course development have less depth of coverage than other parts of the collection. Included are works by major and academic publishers along with sub-collections built in consultation with faculty. South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Algeria are more developed collecting areas. Among our important African collections, are the online African Maps, part of the Perry-Castaneda Map Collection. It is the largest online collection of public domain maps and includes all African countries. The Historical Census Collection, formerly in the Population Research Center, includes census publications from a number of African countries. Census publications for Latin America and the Caribbean are in the Benson Latin American Collection.

The African and African American collections of the UT Libraries supports and works with African & African Diaspora Studies Department and John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies.

For more information about researching on the African and African American collections at UT go to African and African Diaspora Studies and African American Studies Research Guide.

Collection Highlight: Plantation Records

Drawn from major repositories throughout the South, Plantations Records, Parts 1 and 2, include two major collections of primary sources:

Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations From The Revolution Through The Civil War:

  • Series A: Selections from the South Carolina Library, University of South Carolina:
    • Part 1: The Papers of James Henry Hammond, 1795–1865
    • Part 2: Miscellaneous Collections
  • Series D: Selections from the Maryland Historical Society
  • Series E: Selections from the University of Virginia Library:
    • Part 1: Virginia Plantations
    • Part 2: Virginia Plantations
    • Part 3: Virginia Plantations
    • Part 4: Cocke Family Papers
    • Part 5: Ambler Family Papers
    • Part 6: Virginia Plantations
  • Series F: Selections from the Manuscript Department, Duke University Library: 
    • Part 1: The Deep South
    • Part 2: South Carolina and Georgia
    • Part 3: North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia
    • Part 4: North Carolina and Virginia
    • Part 5: William Patterson Smith Collection
  • Series H: Tulane and Louisiana State Museum
  • Series I: Selections from Louisiana State University:
    • Part 1: Louisiana Sugar Plantations
    • Part 2: Louisiana and Miscellaneous Southern Cotton Plantations
    • Part 3: The Natchez Area
    • Part 4: Barrow, Bisland, Bowman, and Other Collections
    • Part 5: Butler Family Collections
    • Part 6: David Weeks and Family Collection
  • Series M: Selections from the Virginia Historical Society:
    • Part 1: Tayloe Family, 1650–1970
    • Part 2: Northern Neck of Virginia; also Maryland
    • Part 3: Other Tidewater Virginia
    • Part 4: Central Piedmont Virginia
    • Part 5: Southside Virginia
    • Part 6: Northern Virginia and Valley

Records of Southern Plantations From Emancipation To The Great Migration:

  • Series A: Selections from the Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library, Duke University: 
    • Part 1: Alabama and South Carolina Plantations
    • Part 2: North Carolina and Virginia Plantations
    • Part 3: Georgia and Florida Plantations 
  • Series B: Selections from the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Louisiana State University Libraries:
    • Part 1: Louisiana Sugar Plantations
    • Part 2: Louisiana Cotton Plantations
    • Part 3: Louisiana Sugar Plantations (Bayou Lafourche and Bayou Teche)
    • Part 4: Mississippi Cotton Plantations
    • Part 5: Albert Batchelor Papers
    • Part 6: Weeks Family Papers
  • Series C: Selections from the South Carolina Library, University of South Carolina:
    • Part 1: The Hammond Family Papers
    • Part 2: Selected Collections

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