Celebrating African American History and Culture

COLORED MEN WHO SERVED IN THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES. Image sourced from The Negro in American History; men and women eminent in the evolution of the American of African descent by John Wesley Cromwell, 1914.

This collection contains material from almost every branch of the Libraries, including our new location in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. We've put this together to celebrate the opening of our newest Smithsonian museum in September 2016 and to showcase some of the public domain material we hold that supports research on the African American experience.


Cover of An inside view of slavery

An inside view of slavery

Parsons, C. G.; Stowe, Harriet Beecher
J.P. Jewett and Co.
Cover of Folks from Dixie

Folks from Dixie

Dunbar, Paul Laurence
Dodd, Mead
1922, ©1898
Cover of Harriet, the Moses of her people

Harriet, the Moses of her people

Bradford, Sarah H.
for the Author by G.R. Lockwood & Son
Cover of Leaven for doughfaces

Leaven for doughfaces

Lyman, Darius
Bangs and Company
Cover of Liberty or slavery; the great national question

Liberty or slavery; the great national question

Thurston, R. B.; Baldwin, A. C.; Williston, Timothy; Congregational Board of Publication
Congregational Board of Publications
Cover of Life of Charles Sumner

Life of Charles Sumner

Shotwell, Walter Gaston
T.Y. Crowell & Co.
Cover of The American Negro

The American Negro

Thomas, William Hannibal
The Macmillan Company