African American History Resources – Microtext

African-American History History
Resources in the
UW-Milwaukee Libraries Microtext Research Collection

depthThe Depth by Allan Rohan Crite
Opportunity, A Journal of Negro Life
(MF) E 15 (6 reels)
(MFC) E 185.5 .06. Cumulative index. V. 1-27, 1923-1949.

Opportunity , published by the National Urban League, was intimately associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Its contents ranged from poetry and short stories, to opera and book reviews, as well as editorials and essays on topical events. Contributors included well-known artists such as poet Langston Hughes, illustrator Aaron Douglas, and community leaders Jesse O. Thomas and T. Arnold Hill.

Illustration : “The Depth” by Allan Rohan Crite
American Missionary Association Archives.
Author and added entry catalog. Amistad Research Center
(MC) Z 4 (27 fiche)

This three-volume bibliography provides a brief introduction to the extensive archive of the American Missionary Association. To learn more about the A.M.A. visit the Amistad Research Center “The American Missionary Association and the Promise of a Multicultural America: 1839-1954”

Barbee, Lloyd A., 1925-2002. Papers, 1933-1982.
Milwaukee Micro Collection 42 (4 reels)
Milwaukee Manuscript Collection 16 (Print items located in Archives)

Papers of a prominent African American civil rights activist, lawyer, and Wisconsin state legislator from Milwaukee.

Background Materials of the Kerner Report.
(Prepared by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders; published in 1968.)
(MF) E 25 (411 reels)

This collection consists of 32 U.S. newspapers from across the country arranged in alphabetical order by title and sub arranged chronologically from March to September 1967. Learn more about how the Kerner Report assessed media coverage of the 1967 civil disturbances and race relations in general at

Black Milwaukee: The Making of an Industrial Proletariat, 1915-1945.
Joe William Trotter, Jr., Thesis (Ph.D.) University of Minnesota, 1980.
(MF) E 175.

Diplomatic Instructions of the Department of State, 1801-1906. Liberia .
National Archives (Liberia–Foreign relations– United States–History–Sources)
(MF) CD 01 Ser.M77 r.110. See also Virginia Emigrants to Liberia at the Virginia Center for Digital History.

Impact of school desegregation in Milwaukee public schools on quality education for minorities — 15 years later .
United States Commission on Civil Rights. Wisconsin Advisory Committee. [1992] (MC) LC 3
PDF Document

Invisible Cryptologists: African Americans, WWII to 1956.
D 1.2:C 88/3 (1 fiche)
Superintendent of Documents/Government Printing Office

This book relates the little-known story of the first African Americans to work for the Signals Intelligence Service (SIS). An online version of the publication is available at the United States National Security Agency:

List of Black Servicemen Compiled from the War Department Collection of Revolutionary Ward Records. . . (MC) E 36.

List of Free Black Heads of Families in the First Census of the United States 1790. . . (MC) E 35

Martin Luther King, Jr., FBI file.
(MF) E 194 (16 reels)
(MFC) E185.97 .K5 L43x 1984. Guide to the collection.

This set is the first part in an extensive record of the FBI’s surveillance of Dr. King beginning in the late 1950s. A segment of Martin Luther King’s 16,659-page file can be viewed at the FBI website.,%20Jr./Martin%20Luther%20King,%20Jr.%20Part%201%20of%202

Milwaukee Citizens For Equal Opportunity. Records, 1960-1966.
Milwaukee Micro Collection 16 (1 reel)

Records of a community organization formed to promote civil rights, school integration, and fair housing.

Milwaukee Urban League. Records, 1919-1979.
Milwaukee Micro Collection 20 (4 reels)
Milwaukee Manuscript Collection EZ and Milwaukee Tape 6
(Print items located in Archives)

Administrative files, primarily from the tenure of executive director Wesley L. Scott (1959-1981.)

National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses Records, 1908-1951.
(MF) RT 11 (2 reels)
(MFC) E185.5 M36x 1995. Printed guide to the microfilm.

This collection fully documents the origins of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses. Included are minutes from their meetings; correspondence; memoranda; and publications of the NACGN, including issues of the association’s newsletter.

Negro in America: research memoranda for use in the preparation of Dr. Gunnar Myrdal’s “An American Dilemma”. 1940. (Carnegie-Myrdal Study)
(MF) E 94 (13 reels)

This well-known study led to Myrdal’s book, An American Dilemma: the Negro Problem and Modern Democracy, first published in 1944. The Libraries own several editions of the book including, The Negro in America; the Condensed Version of Gunnar Myrdal’s an American Dilemma, by Dr. Myrdal’s colleague, Arnold Rose.

Negro in the Military Service of the United States, 1639-1886
Washington , D.C. : National Archives and Records Service, General Services
(MF) CD 01 Ser. T 823 (5 microfilm reels)

From the original title page: A compilation of official records, state papers, historical extracts, etc. relating to his military status and service, from the date of his introduction into the British North American colonies. Prepared under the direction of Brigadier Gen. Richard C. Drum by Elon A. Woodward, chief of the Colored Troops Div., Adjutant General’s Office. 1888.

Papers of the NAACP part 1, 1909-1950.
(MF) E 176 (28 reels)
(MFC) E 185.5 .N 276 G95x. Guide to Papers of the NAACP. Part I, 1909-1950: meetings of the board of directors, records of annual conferences, major speeches and special reports.

This collection offers the core materials of the papers of the NAACP from 1909 through 1950 held in the manuscript division of the Library of Congress. Although this collection covers no more than a small fraction of the entire holdings (which run to thousands of file boxes), these materials are considered the core element of the collection.

Right Wing Collection of the University of Iowa Libraries, 1918-1977.
(MF) JC 26 (177 reels)
(MFC) JC 571.I69x. Guide to the microfilm collection.

The collection includes various publications and ephemerae organized by subject headings such as Anti-Semitic, Anti-black, and Anti-Communist, written from the viewpoint of the radical right wing of the American political spectrum.

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938

Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews With Former Slaves, v. 1-17.
(MC) E 9 (168 fiche)

The collection is arranged by state, with a list of storytellers at the beginning of each volume. The narratives were gathered in the 1930s under the auspices of the Works Project Administration (WPA). An online version of the Slave Narratives is available at the Library of Congress, American Memory Project:

The Law of Retribution…God’s Temporal Vengeance Against Tyrants, Slave-holders, and Oppressors.

Slave Trade Book and Pamphlet Collection, 1680-1865.
Collection at the Royal Commonwealth Society, London.
(MF) HT 29 (21 reels)
(MFC) HT 975 .S53x 1985. List of contents of reels.

This collection consists of documents related to the British slave trade including pamphlets, speeches, and Parliamentary debates. The example above, The Law of Retribution . . . God’s Temporal Vengeance Against Tyrants, Slave-holders, and Oppressors, was written by Granville Sharp, 18th century abolitionist.

Slavery Source Materials: books and pamphlets written before the Civil War, by and about slavery and anti-slavery.
(MC) E 23 (967 fiche)
(MFC) E 185 .S53x 1988. Guide to the collection.

This collection assembles key documents about slavery in America from its beginnings through the Civil War. Topics include the abolition movement, living and working conditions, the slave trade, the Fugitive Slave Act, travelers’ reports, religious debates, and more.

Southern Women’s Diaries.
(MF) CT 4 (34 reels)
(MFC) CT 3260.G84x. Guide and index to women’s diaries.
Segment II. Southern Women

The diaries in this set examine life in the South before, during and after the Civil War, and leading up to World War I. Religion, education, careers, reactions to slavery and the abolitionists are all reported on by women who experienced them firsthand and kept detailed diaries.

State Slavery Statutes.
(MC) KF 12 (354 fiche)
(MFC) KF4545.S5 A127 1989. Guide to collection.

Materials in the collection cover virtually every aspect of the regulation of blacks of the period, including issues such as ownership, education, employment, migration, and punishment of slaves. Included are more that 7,000 slavery related items from 1789-1865.

Transcripts, Depositions, Consultants Reports, and Selected Documents of the Governor’s Commission on the Los Angeles Riots.
(MF) F 5 (5 microfilm reels)

Subjects: Watts Riots, Los Angeles, Calif., 1965. African Americans — California — Los Angeles.

Newspapers & Periodicals

American Periodicals, 1741-1900. Also available online via American Periodicals Series Online 1740-1900 – UWM only.
(MF) AP 1. Series I, II & III (2,800 reels)
(MFC) Z 6951 .A4x. Index.

The collection includes periodicals listed under the subject headings: Abolitionists; Liberia; Negroes-Colonization; Colonization-Africa; Slavery-Justification; and Slavery in the U.S.

Milwaukee Newspapers

    • Milwaukee Courier

(MF)F 06, v.1 (1964)-v.14 (1978)

    • Northwestern Recorder/Wisconsin Afro-American

(MF)E 07, Reel 6 1892-1893 (inc)

    • Wisconsin Weekly Advocate

(MF)E 07, Reel 177-180, 1898-1907

Negro Newspapers on Microfilm.
(MF) E 07 (180 reels)
(MFC) Z 6944.N39 P7. Negro Newspapers on Microfilm, a selected list.

This historic collection consists of approximately 200 African-American newspapers dating from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries, with the majority published around the turn of the century. Included are papers representing 35 states and the District of Columbia.

Pittsburgh Courier. (National Edition)
(MF) AN 08, 1910-1985

Selected Newspapers from the Collection of the New York Public Library

    • Colored American (New York)

(MF) E 12, March,1840 – March,1841

    • Douglass’ Monthly (Rochester)

Edited by Frederick Douglass.
(MF) E 03, v.1:no.8 (1859)-v.5 (1863)

    • Freedom’s Journal (New York)

(MF) E 18, no.1 (1827)-no.104 (1829)

    • Liberator (Boston, Mass.: 1831)

Published by William Garrison Lloyd, American abolitionist
(MF) AP 1 Ser. 2 Reel 391- 399, v.1 (1831)-v.35 (1865)

    • Liberator (New York: American Negro Labor Congress)

(MF) E 17, v.1:no.34 (1929)- v.3:no.46 (1932)

    • Muhammad Speaks (Chicago: Muhammad’s Mosque No. 2)

(MF) E 04, v.1 (1961)-v.15:no.8 (1975)

    • National Anti-slavery Standard (New York)

(MF) E 16, 1840-1871 (inc.)

    • Negro Worker (Paris, France)

Official organ of the Int’l. Trade Union Comm. of Negro Workers

(MF) E 21, v.20:no.21 (1926)-v.32:no.4 (1933)

    • New York Age (New York)

(MF) E 14 , v.77:no.14(1957Jun.15)-v.79:no.50 (1960:Feb.27)

    • Voice of the Negro (Atlanta)

(MF) E 20, v.1 (1904)-v.3:no.10 (1906:Oct.)
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) publications.
(MF) J 02 Life with Lyndon in the Great Society (1 reel)
(MF) J 02 Key List Mailing (1 reel)

Underground Press Collections, 1963-1985.
(MF) AN 014 (476 reels)
(MFC)AI1.U5x. Listing of contents, 1963/85.

Underground Press Collection, Hoover Institution Supplement.
(MF) AN 036 (16 reels)
(MFC) AI 1 .U52x 1988. Guide to the microfilm collection.

These collections consist primarily of 1960s and 70s newspapers from a wide range of the era’s underground and radical movements, including civil rights papers such as Black Panther (San Francisco) and Black Politics: A Journal of Liberation (Berkeley). Each title is listed separately in the online catalog.

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