National Archives at Kansas City

African-American Resources on Microfilm at the National Archives at Kansas City

Select the publication number for each microfilm publication listed below to access a descriptive pamphlet containing a description of the types of records found in the microfilm publication and a roll list.​


Freedmen’s Bureau Records

  • Marriage Records of the Commissioner’s Office, Washington HQ, Freedmen’s Bureau, 1861-1869 (M1875)
  • Records of the Field Offices of the Freedmen's Branch, Office of the Adjutant General, 1872-1878 (M2029)
  • Registers and Letters Received by the Commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872 (M752)
  • Selected Series of Records Issued by the Commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau, 1865-1872 (M742)


Freedmen’s Bureau Field Office Records


Freedmen’s Bank

  • Indexes to Deposit Ledgers in Branches of the Freedmen’s Savings and Trust Co. 1865-1874 (M817)
  • Registers of Signatures of Depositors in Branches of the Freedman's Saving and Trust Company, 1865-1874 (M816)

Descriptive pamphlets are not available for these microfilm publications. However, please see this notice regarding their contents. We also have the CD-ROM index to these records created by the LDS.


U.S. Colored Troops

Descriptive Lists of the U.S. Colored Troops for the State of Missouri, 1863-1865 (M1894)


Slave Manifests

Slave Manifests of Coastwise Vessels Filed at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1807-1860 (M1895)



  • List of Selected African-Americans from the 1890 and 1900 Censuses of Delaware, and Related Census Publications, Agriculture in the State of Delaware (1901) and Negroes in the United States (1904). (M1919)
  • Negroes in the Military Service of the United States, 1639-1886 (M858)


Slave Compensation Records (Original Records)

Records of the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas pertaining to former Missouri slave-owners loyal to the Union who applied for compensation after their slaves joined the military. About 5 linear inches of material exist.

This series has been digitized and is now fully available online in the National Archives Catalog.