A guide to the holdings of the African-American Resource Center of the Tulsa City-County Library.
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2017
This deep web resource is exclusively devoted to African American family history research.
It provides users a dedicated resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research; but also connects them to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently lead to research success.
Available only for TCCL library card-holders at the Rudisill Regional Library- 1520 N.Hartford, Tulsa, Oklahoma (918)549-7645
- Aboard the Underground Railroad Introduces travelers, researchers, historians, preservationists, and anyone interested in African American history to the fascinating people and places associated with the Underground Railroad. The itinerary currently provides descriptions and photographs on 60 historic places that are listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places, America's official list of places important in our history and worthy of preservation. It also includes a map of the most common directions of escape taken on the Underground Railroad and maps of individual states that mark the location of the historic properties.
- African American Civil War Memorial The mission of the African American Civil War Museum is to preserve and tell the stories of the United States Colored Troops and African American involvement in the American Civil War. We utilize a rich collection of primary resources, educational programming and technology to create a meaningful learning experience focused on this pivotal time in American history.
- AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE Family Research Database! (COME TO RUDISILL REGIONAL LIBRARY TO SEARCH YOUR FAMILY HISTORY!)
Search essential historical records for African-Americans, including Federal Census, Marriage and Cohabitation Records, Military Draft and Service Records. Registers of Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color, Freedman’s Bank and more. Note: This database may only be accessed on site at the Rudisill Regional Library)
- The African-American Mosaic
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of African-American History & Culture
- African-American Odyssey showcases the incomparable African American collections of the Library of Congress. Displaying more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings, this is the largest black history exhibit ever held at the Library, and the first exhibition of any kind to feature presentations in all three of the Library's buildings.
- African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920: Selected from the Collections of Brown University
Over 1,300 pieces of music associated with antebellum black face minstrelsy, the abolitionist movement, the Civil War, and on into the twentieth century. Composers include James Bland, Ernest Hogan, Bob Cole, James Reese Europe, and Will Marion Cook. "Particularly significant in this collection are the visual depictions of African Americans which provide much information about racial attitudes over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." From the American Memory Project, Library of Congress.
- African Ceremonies: Photographs of Sacred Rituals in Tribal Cultures
"Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher's lifelong commitment to photographing the vanishing rituals and customs of tribal African cultures culminates in their monumental masterwork, African Ceremonies." This site features a gallery of photos from the book, as well as information about related African charities and foundations "developed by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher to assist nomadic pastoral peoples during times of drought" and to fund research about African ceremonies.
- American Slave Narratives These narratives capture the very voices of American slavery, revealing the texture of life as it was experienced and remembered. Each narrative taken alone offers a fragmentary, microcosmic representation of slave life. Read together, they offer a sweeping composite view of slavery in North America, allowing us to explore some of the most compelling themes of nineteenth-century slavery, including labor, resistance and flight, family life, relations with masters, and religious belief.
- Book Remarks A Website that promotes books by or about African-Americans.
- "I Will Be Heard!" Abolitionism in America
A well-organized, content-rich site with a wide range of authoritative information. Includes profiles of prominent abolitionists, slave narratives, background on the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment, critical resources on Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin,"and much more. From Cornell University, Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections.
- National Underground Railroad Freedom Center The exhibitions and programs of the Freedom Center celebrate freedom's heroes, those brave men and women who came together to create a secret network through which the enslaved could escape to freedom. From their example of courage, cooperation and perseverance, we relate this uniquely American history to contemporary issues, inspiring everyone to take steps for freedom today.
This site presents a brief narrative of the development of spirituals sung by blacks in the United States along with information about singers, songs, and composers. It includes a searchable and browsable list of songs with lyrics. Also includes related links.
- River Road African-American Museum The River Road African American Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting art, artifacts and buildings for the purpose of educating visitors about the history and culture of African Americans in the rural communities between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.