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African American Studies

This guide features resources relevant to research in African American history and culture, race and identity, and the African diaspora.

Searching the Catalog by Subject

Items in the WRLC catalog are organized by Library of Congress Subject Heading in addition to author, title, and call number. Subjects are broken down in hierarchies, from broad to specific. Some items are cataloged under more than one subject heading. Below are some general subject terms related to Washington, D.C. history and Black Washingtoniana:

  • African Americans --Social conditions --Washington (D.C.)
  • African Americans --Washington (D.C.) --History
  • African Americans--Washington (D.C.)--Social life and customs
  • Free African Americans--Washington (D.C.)--History
  • Gentrification--Washington (D.C.)
  • Slavery--Washington (D.C.)--History
  • Washington (D.C.)--History
  • Washington (D.C.)--Race relations
  • Washington (D.C.)--Race relations--History


From the catalog home page, select "Subject Heading" from the drop down menu. You may enter the search terms as they appear above or insert your own. Happy searching!

Browsing the Shelves

Texts relating to Washington, D.C. history may be located in the following call number ranges:

  • F106 United States, local history -- Atlantic coast. Middle Atlantic States 
  • F191-205 District of Columbia. Washington 

Internet Resources and Databases

Newspapers & Periodicals

Visual Media

19th and 20th Century History

Race Relations

Popular Culture