Huge Digital Archive of African American History Now Available Online

Students at Alabama A&M University

The Sheridan Libraries’ Center for Educational Resources at Johns Hopkins University has announced the availability of an online database of archival materials from the Afro-American newspaper. Founded in 1892, the newspaper has amassed a vast archive of documents and photographs documenting African American history. The documents and photographs are from the newspaper’s “morgue” or backup files that were used by reporters and editors of the paper when compiling their stories. The materials include more than 150,000 subject files from 2,000 boxes of materials. The most interesting items from these files will be posted online and made available to researchers. Many of the items are related to higher education, including the photograph seen here.

The archival project, jointly administered by the university’s Center for Educational Resources and the Center for Africana Studies, was financed by a $476,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“The Afro holds an amazing collection of historical documents and images related to 20th century African American history,” said Moira Hinderer, who served as the project manager and is a lecturer in the university’s Center for Africana Studies. “The partnership between the Afro and Johns Hopkins makes these materials more accessible to scholars, students, and the public. With historic photographs of everything from Tuskegee Airmen to civil rights protests to local weddings and graduations, the database has something for everyone interested in history.”

The archives can be accessed here.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Higher Education Gifts or Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants or gifts to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Elizabeth City State University Establishes Transfer Agreements With a Local Community College

Through three recently signed agreements, students at the College of the Albemarle now have the opportunity for a seamless transfer to Elizabeth City State University upon completion of their associate's degree.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Reports on Demographic Disparities Within American Public Workforce

The report found that Black workers in overrepresented occupations make about $20,000 to $30,000 less than the compensation of White workers in overrepresented fields. African Americans were also found to be more likely than White Americans to work in a lower-wage, segregated occupations.

Christon Arthur Named First Black President of La Sierra University in California

Upon assuming his new role on July 1, Dr. Arthur will become the first Black president of La Sierra University. He has served as provost of Andrews University in Michigan for the past eight years.

Featured Jobs