Honnold/Mudd and Denison Special Collections are treasure houses of primary historical materials for all types of history and almost all periods. Please visit our website to register as a reader and request items.
University of California freely available digitized archive of California History. Includes all types of primary source materials including images. This is an example of a collection that is part of the Online Archive of California.
The Freedom Archives contains over 10,000 hours of audio and video tapes which date from the late-1960s to the mid-90s and chronicle the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international movements.
"American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience."
"The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses."
Finding Primary Sources in our Databases
Below is a selected list of our primary source databases. For more primary source databases the Claremont Colleges Library subscribes to, go to this list of databases.
Features content that provides a first-hand view into the association’s work on crucial issues: lynching, school desegregation, and discrimination in the military, the criminal justice system, employment, and housing, among others. Also documents work from local NAACP branches which give additional depth into the activities at the neighborhood level and provides an intimate look at the social conditions of communities during that time.
Stories and folklore from Africa and the African Diaspora. Over 11,700 short stories and folktales ranging from oral traditions to contemporary tales of modern life. Includes complete runs of selected literary magazines such as Kyk-Over-Al and The Beacon.
Includes collections on the transatlantic slave trade, the global movement for the abolition of slavery, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S. as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions.
Locating Other Primary Sources for Africana Studies
Michigan State University hosts this online archive that preserves and makes available the records of activism in the United States to support the struggles of African peoples against colonialism, apartheid, and social
injustice from the 1950s through the 1990s.
From the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive. Local newsfilm and privately produced footage relating mainly - but not exclusively - to the Black Panther Party's Oakland Chapter, from the 1960s and 1970s.
A travel guide series published from 1936 to 1964 by Victor H. Green. It was intended to provide African American motorists and tourists with the information necessary to board, dine, and sight-see comfortably and safely during the era of segregation.