The Black Studies Center
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
is closed for a three-year modernization.
During this time, the Black Studies Collection is undergoing
a major collection maintenance to improve access to resources.
As a result, some materials will be unavailable.
Use your library card and PIN number to log in from a home or school PC via the links below.
- Accessible Archives - A searchable collection of African American Newspapers from 19th Century that includes Washington, D.C. resources.
- African American Experience - Contains 500 full-text reference and scholarly articles and over 4,000 slave narratives. Includes primary documents, maps and images, lesson plans, searchable timelines and Web links.
- African American Studies Center - Contains more than 5,000 biographies, 7,500 articles, and hundreds of maps, documents, images, timelines, Web sites and charts and tables of African-American life, history and culture.
- Black Studies – DCPL Virtual Reference Collection - Searchable eBooks that are good resources for school age students through high school.
- Black Studies Center: In Library Only - Includes Abolitionist Papers, Historic Black Newspapers, History Makers, Dissertations, The International Index to Black Periodicals and the Index to Black Literature and other full-text journals and newspapers.
- Ethnic News Watch - Provides full-text coverage of more than 250 publications from the ethnic and minority press.
- Federal Surveillance of African Americans 1920-1984 - Search more than 88,000 images dealing with the Justice Department's and its Federal Bureau of Investigation's widespread investigation of those deemed politically suspect.
- Fight for Racial Justice And the Civil Rights Congress - Search more than 56,000 pages of the Civil Rights Congress (CRC) involvement in notable civil rights and civil liberties issues such as Willie McGee, the Trenton Six, Martinsville Seven and many others.
- Historic Black Newspapers - These same publications are also available via the Black Studies Center database that is linked above.
- Ralph J. Bunche Oral Histories Collection on the Civil Rights Movement - Search more than 700 transcriptions of interviews of individuals who made history in the struggles for voting rights, against discrimination in housing, for the desegregation of the schools, to expose racism in hiring, in defiance of police brutality and to address poverty in the African American communities.
- See also Black Studies Online Research for an annotated list of all Library holdings