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African American Studies: Special Collections

Primary and selected secondary sources for research in African American Studies at Princeton University.

African American Materials

According to Don Skemer, Curator of Manuscripts, “the best materials that we have are the legal files of an African American freed slave—the files about which a history graduate student, Mitra Sharafi, has written a fine article that will appear in the Princeton University Library Chronicle."  Correspondence by prominent African American authors is represented in the publishers' archives of Harper Bros., and Charles Scribner & Son.

The Cotsen Children's Library houses many books by and about African Americans.  

Graphic Arts


Slavery, p. 1

Slavery, p. 2

Assistance with Special Collections

For assistance starting your research in Special Collections, please contact Gabriel Swift.  

Librarian for History and African American Studies