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Several prominent organizations are represented, including:

  • Institute for Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Colored Youth of the State of Texas
  • Gammon Theological Seminary
  • Institute for Colored Youths
  • Home for Aged and Infirm Colored Persons

Content featuring multiple religious denominations are represented,
such as:

  • The African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • The African Methodist Zion Church
  • Numerous Baptist churches

This collection was developed in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) as part of an effort to preserve endangered serials related to African American religious life and culture.

The product of more than 10 years of organizing and collecting materials, the African American Historical Serials Collection is a complete, centralized and accessible resource of formerly fragmentary, widely-dispersed and endangered materials—titles were collected from 75 institutions, including small institutions that had not previously participated in preservation projects.

Now compiled and accessible to researchers in one digital collection, this unique resource documents the history of African American life and religious organizations from materials published between 1829 and 1922.

Collection content includes:

  • More than 170  unique titles related to African American life and culture
  • Approximately 60,000 pages of searchable primary source content
  • Reports and annuals from African American religious organizations and social service agencies, as well as African American periodicals
  • Extensive coverage of African American religious organizations, churches and institutions
"African American Historical Serials Collection is a fantastic primary source tool for understanding a specific epoch from a unique perspective. Both neophyte undergraduate students and advanced researchers will appreciate its robustness and ease of use."
Choice Magazine, October 2012

Title Lists:


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Annual Report of the Lincoln Hospital & Home

January 1, 1915

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Southern Christian Recorder

June 5, 1902

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Star of Zion

July 26, 1894