Black Women's History Features
and Resources

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Studio portrait, ca. 1890. Austin/Thompson Collection


African-American Women
On-line Archival Collections, Special Collections Library, Duke University
This site contains some fascinating primary documents online, including rare slave letters and a personal memoir.

African American Women Writers of the Nineteenth Century, The New York Public Library Digital Schomburg
Read the actual words of Black women in the years before, during, and just after slavery.

Ann Arbor: A Woman's Town
Lola Jones and her daughter Carole Gibson interviewed Black women in Ann Arbor and produced two documentary films from the interviews. Excerpts from the films are on this site."Ann Arbor: A Woman's Town" covers the first half of the twentieth century. The second film, "A Change Was in the Air" chronicles the tumultuous Civil Rights Era in Ann Arbor, from the 1950s-1975.

Black Women in Mathematics
This site, sponsored by the mathematics department of the State University of New York at Buffalo, offers a timeline of black women in mathematics and detailed, respectful biographies of more than 100 of these women. There are also interesting articles.

Women Scientists Profiled in "The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences."
There is a handful of biographies here of Black women scientists.

Voices From the Gap
If you need biographical information about women of color who are writers, this is the place to go. Often there are also links to excerpts from their writing.

OneHistory Features

Black Women's Biographical Quick Reference

Bibliography of Black Women's Autobiographies and Biographies

Bibliography of Black Women's History

Stories about Black Women

Quotations by Black Women


Organizations concerned with Black Women's History

Association of Black Women Historians

Women of Color Caucus of the National Women's Studies Association

Check out our guide to Image Research Online to find sites with digitized images of black women.