African American Material Culture and Visual Culture Online


Overview: This site offers many resources covering African-American material ranging databases, projects, museums, repositories. We also provide tips on how to search for material/concepts across the internet.

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Sound Resources

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Expressive Culture




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Language and Speech

Additional Resources


Digital Humanities Projects online Databases and ProjectsQuick Tip

  • Colored Conventions Project– The Colored Conventions Project (CCP) is an interdisciplinary research hub that uses digital tools to bring the buried history of nineteenth-century Black organizing to life.
  • Slave Voyages – The Trans-Atlantic and Intra-American slave trade databases – “This digital memorial raises questions about the largest slave trades in history and offers access to the documentation available to answer them. European colonizers turned to Africa for enslaved laborers to build the cities and extract the resources of the Americas. They forced millions of mostly unnamed Africans across the Atlantic to the Americas, and from one part of the Americas to another. Analyze these slave trades and view interactive maps, timelines, and animations to see the dispersal in action.”
  • Valley of the Shadow Project– details life in two American communities one Northern and one Southern from the time of John Brown’s raid in the reconstruction era. 




Research Centers in African American Studies


Afro Latinx


 Museums and Repositories

African American Collections at Historical Societies and Libraries

African American Cultural Landscapes

African American Historical Housing

Historic Preservation


Original Black Communities

Credits: Tierra Watson, an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland College Park, Dept of Philosophy, and Psyche Williams-Forson, Associate Professor and Chair, Mary Corbin Sies, Associate Professor, and Jason Farman, Professor, Department of American Studies. Originally created by Williams-Forson, Sies, and Eric Lindquist, University of Maryland McKeldin Library.