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The Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience, and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media.

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Highlights from the Records

Featured Blogs, Articles, and Videos



Online Resources

Overview of our online resources

Research Our Records

Guide to Black History

Freedmen's Bureau Records

African American Research: Highlights from Our Collection

African Americans - Reference Reports

Black Family Research: Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives

Black Power Subject Portal

Findings on the MLK Assassination

The Modern Civil Rights Movement (National Archives at Chicago)

Checklist of Records Available for Research on African-American History at the National Archives at Atlanta

Researching Slavery and Freedom in the National Archives at Philadelphia

NARA Flickr: Civil Rights March on Washington, DC, August 28, 1963


African Americans and the Military

Military Resources: Blacks in the Military

Records of Military Agencies Relating to African Americans from the Post-World War I Period to the Korean War

Pictures of African Americans During World War II


From the Center for Legislative Archives

Benjamin Franklin's Petition to Congress asking for the Abolition of Slavery

Petition for Universal Suffrage

Claim of Harriet Tubman

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Congress and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Congress and the Voting Rights Act of 1965


Presidential Libraries

William J. Clinton Library

Remarks by Vice President Al Gore on Martin Luther King Day, 1/17/00

George W. Bush Library

George W. Bush Library - African American History Archive

President Discusses Black History Month in Radio Address

George H.W. Bush Library

Civil Rights (Bush Presidential)

Civil Rights (Bush Vice Presidential)

Civil Rights (Rev. Thaddeus Garrett Files)

George H.W. Bush Library - Justice Clarence Thomas Nomination.

Ronald Reagan Library

Reagan Library - Proclamation 5431: Establishing Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, 1/18/86

President Reagan's remarks at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday Signing, 11/2/83

President Reagan's Remarks at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School on 1/15/86

President Reagan's Radio Address to the Nation on Martin Luther King, Jr., on 1/18/86

President Reagan's Address on Martin Luther King's Birthday from the Oval Office, 1/15/87

Ronald Reagan Library Topic Guide: Martin Luther King, Jr., Day

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

A Conversation between LBJ and Martin Luther King, Jr., 11/25/63

Documents Relating to the movie Selma

John F. Kennedy Library

Robert F. Kennedy’s Statement (with audio) on Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Correspondence between Martin Luther King, Jr., and the White House

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

Eisenhower Library images on Civil Rights

Marian Anderson sings the National Anthem at the 1957 Inauguration

Eisenhower’s Civil Rights Legacy program, 9/24/2011

Civil Rights Act of 1957

Brown v. Board of Education

Citizens' Letters on the Little Rock Crisis

Civil Rights and the Little Rock Integration Crisis

Civil Rights and the Eisenhower Administration

Civil Rights and the Emmett Till Case

Harry S. Truman Library

The President’s Committee on Civil Rights

Harry S. Truman and Civil Rights

Harry S. Truman Desegregation of the Armed Forces 

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Tuskegee Airmen

Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson

Herbert Hoover Library

“Echoes of the Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. Live with and Speak to Us” 2013

“Civil Rights Under Three Hats: The Photography of Matt Heron” 2014

“A Soldier’s Story” 2013

“Harriet Tubman” 2013

"Ike's Final Battle: The Road to Little Rock and the Challenge of Equality by Kasey S. Pipes"  2008

“African-America: One Collector’s Experience” 2004



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