VCU Libraries

Research Guides

African American Studies

Finding Primary Sources

Primary sources are the evidence of history, commonly left behind by eyewitnesses or people very close to events. This includes everything from letters to photographs to government documents to inscriptions to advertisements, depending on what you are researching. Try searching the VCU Libraries Search by combining your subject of interest with a kind of evidence (e.g. "african american" AND diary).

For more information on finding images, take a look at the Images guide.

African American Sources

These collections are specifically oriented to African American Studies and related historical research. Some are subscription-only resources paid for by VCU and some are free online resources.

Civil War, Richmond, and Virginia Resources

These collections cover historical topics often researched by the VCU community.

American and General Resources

These collections cover a range of general and American subjects researched by the VCU community. Some are subscription-only resources paid for by VCU and some are free online resources.