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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The 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.
Compiled by the Office of Library Communications
Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications
Published February 1, 2021