PUL honors Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, Princeton University Library (PUL) highlights the following e-resources and research guides that speak to the contributions of Black leaders and communities.

The HistoryMakers

Screenshot of the history makers website

PUL provides faculty, students, and staff access to The HistoryMakers, a database of oral history interviews with more than 2,600 historically significant African Americans in fields such as the arts, business, education, entertainment, the law, the military, politics, religion, and science. This primary source collection provides access to the testimonies of leaders such as civil rights leader John Lewis, actress Whoopie Goldberg, and mathematician Katherine Johnson of "Hidden Figures." Interviews are provided through video with transcripts available.

Featured E-Resource: Black Arts Research Guide 

Malvin Gray Johnson. Nat Turner, 1934. New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art & Artifacts

This guide highlights resources related to Black arts from the 1800s up to the present and compiles databases and primary source materials, including the Princeton University Art Museum's African American Print Collection, a digital library of published works documenting the history of the Americas from 1492 to the mid-1800s, as well as several collections on the history of the Atlantic world, from British archives.

Featured E-Resource: Black Lives Matter research guide for systemic racism and activism

 Black Lives matter sign in minneapolis

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.

To support research related to the Black Lives Matter movement, this Princeton University Library research guide features information about systemic racism and activism. Resource categories include recent books by Princeton faculty members, race and antiracism, Princeton students and librarians recommend, environmental racism, science and racism, web-based resources, and reporting bias or harassment. 

A visual record of the civil rights movement at Marquand Library

  congressman john lewis stands at a podium

Congressman John Lewis. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.

In honor of congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis (1940-2020), Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology has created a collection of books that visually document the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Among other items, this list features art and photography books that include events like the 1963 March on Washington, which Lewis helped to organize, and the 1965 march for voters’ rights from Selma to Montgomery, during which (on Mar. 7 - Bloody Sunday) Lewis and his fellow demonstrators were beaten by Alabama police.

Notable books on systemic racism, racial justice, and anti-racism, available at PUL

 michelle obama stands in a crowd

Michelle Obama, Class of 1985. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.

To encourage learning and research in systemic racism, racial justice, and anti-racism, Princeton University Library staff highlight the following notable books available at the Library.

PUL builds a nearly comprehensive collection of newspapers published for African American audiences 

collection of african american newspapers

Princeton University Library has begun a nearly comprehensive collection of current newspapers published for African American audiences.
Photo by Steven Knowlton, Princeton University Library.

PUL has begun a nearly comprehensive collection of current newspapers published for African American audiences throughout the United States, featuring 72 newspapers from cities and towns in 32 states, ranging from New York City to Eutaw, Alabama.

Highlighting archival materials about and by Black and Latinx communities: Selections from the Mudd Library blog

James Ward and Arthur Wilson outside of Laughlin Hall in 1946

James Everett Ward ‘47 (left) and Arthur Jewell Wilson ‘47 (right) were two of the first four known African American undergraduates to enroll at Princeton University, photographed outside their dorm in 1946. An unknown number of African American graduate students attended the University in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box MP215, Image No. 5644.

This page is a selection of blog posts written by staff at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library highlighting materials of Black and Latinx people in the Princeton University Archives.

Celebrating Black LGBTQIA Stories: Selections from the Gender and Sexuality Studies Collection


PUL highlights a number of books written by Black LGBTQIA authors or about Black LGBTQIA lives, stories, and histories, selected from the Gender & Sexuality Studies Collection at Firestone Library. PUL is committed to preserving, featuring, and supporting these historically underrepresented voices in the collections. 

Notable movies on systemic racism, racial justice, and anti-racism, available at PUL

Spike Lee

Spike Lee, film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

PUL has compiled a list of movies related to systemic racism, racial justice, and anti-racism available through Video Services. Learn more about pick-up requests at Firestone Library. 

Featured E-Resource: Black Lives Matter research guide for policing and incarceration

squad carThe guide includes links to primary documents including Documenting Ferguson, A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, and Campaign Zero platform. Additionally, the guide includes links to statistics and data resources, as well as a list of books that explore issues of race, policing, and incarceration.

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PUL's Anti-Racism & Social Justice series

More information: 

Access our African American Studies research guide, or contact Steve Knowlton, Librarian for History and African American Studies. 


Compiled by the Office of Library Communications

Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications

Published February 1, 2021