Until further notice, the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only and appointments are limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit to enable us to page and quarantine collection materials before use.

Please contact ascref@umn.edu for assistance or, if known, the curator of the collecting area you wish to use. We will continue to provide scans of requested research materials whenever possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.


Umbra: Search African American History
Umbra Search African American History is a free online search tool that brings together hundreds of thousands of digitized primary source materials documenting African American cultural history from institutions and repositories across the country.

The Givens Foundation for African American Literature
The Minneapolis-based foundation seeks to enrich cultural understanding through programs that advance and celebrate African American literature and writers.

Penumbra Theatre Company
Founded in 1976 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Penumbra Theatre creates professional productions that are artistically excellent, thought provoking, relevant, and illuminate the human condition through the prism of the African American experience.

African-American Studies
Subject resources related to African-American Studies compiled by the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Special Collections at the Minneapolis Public Library
This is a unique array of materials including books, maps, photographs, manuscripts, and other treasures. (from brochure)

Amistad Research Center
The Amistad Research Center is dedicated to preserving America's ethnic heritage by providing a home to the manuscripts, photographs, oral histories, books, periodicals and works of art that contain the history of peoples, of nations, of beliefs and dreams, of a past worth sharing with the future. (from the Amistad Website)

Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Howard University's Moorland-Springarn Research Center is recognized as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive repositories for the documentation of the history and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a national research library devoted to collecting, preserving and providing access to resources documenting the experiences of peoples of African descent throughout the world. 

Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature
The largest African American history and literature collection in the Midwest, the Harsh Collection contains a wealth of precious documentation of the Black experience. The strength of the collection is concentrated in African American history in Illinois. 

MystNoir: African-American Mysteries

MystNoir features mysteries, thrillers, and suspense novels written by or featuring African-Americans. 

Clarence Major
Official website for the author and artist.

E. Ethelbert Miller
Official website of author E. Ethelbert Miller.