Cincinnati's African American History: Learn More with our Online Guide
Posted On: 07/03/2017 - 9:53am, Posted By: Anne Kling: Manager, Collections Databases
Would you like to know more about Cincinnati's African American history? The Cincinnati History Library and Archives' website is a great place to start. For the past 16 years, the library's website has been a growing resource for anyone interested in history of the Greater Cincinnati area. The website debuted on the Internet in 2001 with just one database, the library's online catalog. Today there are six databases available, plus several online exhibits and research guides.
The Guide to African American Resources ranks as one of the most heavily visited areas of the library's website with over 13,000 visits in 2016. It's extremely helpful to researchers who wish to learn more about our African American collections. Designed for use by everyone - from high school students and the general public to professional historians and authors - the guide is arranged into 15 subject categories:
- General Resources
- Anti-Slavery and Abolitionism
- Art, Literature and Music
- Civil Rights and Race Relations
- Community Leaders
- Health and Medicine
- Housing and Neighborhoods
- Military Service
- Organizations and Associations
- Social Conditions
Each of these categories provides information about specific resources (such as books, archival collections, journal articles, and photo collections) related to the history of African Americans in Cincinnati in the 19th and 20th centuries. And unlike a traditional library database which may only give the title, author, and other basic information about an item, this guide attempts to also provide some explanation or insight into why this item may be helpful to you.
The 15 categories also link to more detailed pages about specific individuals. Twenty-seven people are highlighted in the guide, each with a short biographical sketch. These include Ted Berry (mayor), Peter H. Clark (educator), Raymond Dandridge (poet), and Robert Duncanson (artist). Sports figures, such as DeHart Hubbard (Olympian), Ezzard Charles (boxer), and Oscar Robertson (basketball player) are quite popular with our Internet visitors.
Plus, the guide contains brief histories for over 20 organizations. For example, you may wish to learn more about the Black Brigade, Douglas School, or the Cincinnati Branch of the NAACP.
No matter your previous background or knowledge, the Guide to African American Resources will help you delve deeper into Cincinnati's rich African American history.