African Americans have played a vital role in the history of
Greater Cincinnati. Their struggles for freedom, equality, justice,
opportunity and recognition have taken place and continue to take
place in our streets, homes, churches, schools, governments and
workplaces. African Americans are woven into every fabric of Cincinnati’s
rich historical tapestry; however, their part in our region’s
history is seldom told or heard. The Guide to African
American Resources at the Cincinnati History Library and Archives
is a preliminary research tool to help uncover the important part
played by African Americans in Greater Cincinnati’s history.
The Guide covers selected 19th and 20th century resources
held by the Cincinnati History Library and Archives dealing with African
Americans in the Greater Cincinnati area. Included are many books,
periodicals, theses, photographs, manuscript collections and historical
objects. For complete holdings, researchers should visit the Library
and consult the online
and card catalogs for additional items. The Library’s collections
contain more resources on African Americans than was practical to
incorporate here. For example, the Library also has materials that discuss African American issues
on the state and national level.
Description of the Guide
The Guide is organized by subject
categories, such as education, housing, and sports. Within these
categories, the Guide provides basic information about
numerous individuals and institutions in brief sketches and then
goes on to list resources available for further research. Links
to the Library's online catalog records give specific information
about the resources. Some of the resources overlap subject areas
and may be found in more than one category.
index will assist in quickly finding a specific name, organization,
or place, while the
chronological index will direct the researcher to resources from
a particular year or span of years.
Researchers are encouraged to consult the sources listed in this
Guide to learn more about a particular person or topic. Access
to these resources is available through the Cincinnati
History Library and Archives.
and college students will find this Guide an excellent
place to begin their quest for knowledge about Greater Cincinnati's
African American history. The Guide will also assist general
researchers working on a variety of historical projects.
Conditions of Use
their use of these texts and images, users agree to the following
1. These texts and images may not be reproduced or redistributed
without the written permission of the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. This restriction
applies to all reproduction or redistribution for public or commercial
use. Permission to publish must be requested in writing.
2. Individual images may be protected by copyright. Users who contemplate
reproducing these materials should make an additional effort to
Because the Guide is a web-based product, it is designed
to be updated on a regular basis. Researchers are encouraged to
check back often for additional entries and information.
was made possible by a generous grant from the KnowledgeWorks
Foundation, whose vision and mission is to further “universal
access to educational opportunities for individuals to achieve success
and for the betterment of society” and “increase the
number of people who value and access education by removing barriers
to educational opportunity.” Grant support for projects such
as this Guide is one way the Foundation carries out its
This Guide has been created and updated through the work of many
dedicated people at the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, Cincinnati
Museum Center at Union Terminal. They include:
Mary Jane Neely
Mary Ellen Wittekind