Other African American Resources

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Other African American Resources in the Missouri Valley Room

This is not a comprehensive list of materials, but a sampling. Most of the items included are not found in the Library’s online catalog or the Local History Index.

Joe Louis Mattox Special Collection

Joe Louis Mattox, Kansas City businessman, historian and writer, amassed a collection of articles, periodicals, and other materials that documents all aspects of black life and culture from the 1960s to the present. Mr. Mattox was a regular columnist for The Call and Kansas City Globe, and his columns also appeared in many other publications. This unprocessed collection complements the Ramos Collection and is particularly important in documenting the concerns of the African American community in Kansas City in the post-Civil Rights period.

Black Archives Oral History Collection

A grant-funded collaboration between the Kansas City Public Library and the Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc., produced these 56 individual oral histories, primarily from members of the area’s African American community. The interviews were conducted between mid-1975 through the end of 1976. Subjects interviewed include many political, business, and community leaders. Researchers may listen to the interview in the Missouri Valley Room.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Files (on microfilm)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) File on the National Negro Congress, May 1936-Mar 1952. Files on this coalition of white and black leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. (2 reels of microfilm)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) File on the Black Panther Party in North Carolina. These files trace the efforts of the Black Panther Party to establish chapters in North Carolina, spanning 1968-1976. (2 reels of microfilm)

They include data about these organizations as well:

  • National Committee to Combat Fascism
  • United Front Against Fascism
  • Young Patriots
  • Progressive Labor Party
  • Southern Student Organizing Committee
  • Student Nonviolent Coordinating
  • Committee Organization of Afro-American Unity
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Students for a Democratic Society
  • Southern Conference Education Fund

In addition, the files detail activities at the following campuses:

  • University of North Carolina
  • Duke University
  • North Carolina A&T
  • University of California “ Berkeley

Freedmen's Aid Society (on microfilm)

This set of 120 reels of microfilm contains records of The Freedmen’s Aid Society, an agency created by the Methodist Episcopal Church after the Civil War to establish schools and colleges for African Americans in the South. The original documents are housed at the Woodruff Library at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to documenting the work and publications of the Society, the collection contains information about 22 educational institutions that it established.

Military Records (on microfilm)

  • The Negro in the Military Service of the United States, 1639-1886. (M858, 5 Reels)
  • Documents Relating to the Military and Naval Service of Blacks Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor from the Civil War to the Spanish-American War. (M929, 4 Reels)

Newspapers (on microfilm)

  • American Citizen. (Kansas City, Kansas) July 26, 1889 - Aug. 2, 1907
  • Rising Son. Jan. 16, 1903 - Dec. 28, 1907
  • The Call. (Kansas City, Missouri) Nov. 1, 1919 - present (located in the Reference Department)

Newspapers, Miscellaneous Negro (on microfilm)

Many only one day. Listed in the order they appear on the reels:

Reel 106:

  • American Eagle (Dec. 17, 1905)
  • Virginia Star (Dec. 14, 1878; Mar. 27, 1880; Apr. 30, 1881, Nov. 11, 1882; Dec. 9, 23, 1882 )
  • National Baptist World (Aug. 31, 1894 “ Nov. 23, 1894)
  • Wichita Tribune (July 23, 1898 “ Mar. 14, 1899 )
  • Peoples Friend (May 24, 1894 “ Sept. 28, 1984)
  • Rams Horn (Nov. 18, 1882 )
  • Conservator (Nov. 18, 1882 “ Dec. 23, 1882; Sept. 8, 1883; Dec. 18, 1886)
  • Progress (June 21, 1890)
  • Weekly Avalanche (Jan. 20, 1893)
  • Iowa Baptist Standard (May 21, 1897)

Reel 107:

  • Wide Awake (Jan. 24, 1900)
  • Huntsville Star (Jan. 26, 1900)
  • Montgomery Enterprise (Jan. 26, 1900)
  • Reporter (Feb. 1, 1900)
  • American Guide (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Western Outlook (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Western Enterprise (Jan. 6, 27, 1900)
  • Colorado Statesman (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Statesman (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Florida Evangelist (Jan. 20, 1900)
  • Paul Quinn Weekly (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • National Pilot (Feb. 1, 1900)
  • Reformer (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Seattle Republican (Jan. 19, 1900)
  • World (Jan. 4, 1899)
  • Florida Sentinel (Jan. 6, 1900)
  • Atlanta Age (Jan. 13, 1900)
  • Voice of Missions (Feb. 1, 1900)
  • Augusta Union (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Columbus Chronical [sic] (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Macon Sentinel (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Gazette & Land Bulletin (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Chicago World (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Parson Weekly Blade (Jan. 26, 1900)
  • Plaindealer (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Lexington Standard (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Republican Courier (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Southern Republican (Feb. 8, 1900)
  • Negro Appeal (Feb. 16, 1900)
  • Boston Advanced (Feb. 17, 1900)
  • Boston Courant (Jan. 6, 1900)
  • Detroit Informer (Jan. 13, 1900)
  • Golden Rule (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Light (Jan. 18, 1900)
  • Kansas City Observer (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Rising Son (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Missouri Messenger (Jan. 26, 1900)
  • Enterprise (Jan. 12, 1900)
  • Progress (Jan. 26, 1900)
  • Afro-American Presbyterian (Dec. 21, 1900)
  • Gazette (Jan. 13, 1900; Apr. 6, 13, 1900)
  • Ohio Standard (Jan. 27, 1901)
  • Langston City Herald (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Christian Banner (Jan. 12, 1900)
  • Odd Fellows Journal (Jan. 11, 1900)
  • Defender (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Afro-American Citizen (Jan. 17, 1900)
  • Peoples Recorder (Jan. 13, 27, 1900)
  • Rockhill Messenger (Jan. 26, 1900)
  • Jackson Headlight (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Oil City Afro-American (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Dallas Express (Jan. 13, 1900)
  • Item (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Independent (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Western Star (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Pine Bluff Weekly Herald (Jan. 27, 1900)
  • Gazette (Apr. 17, 1897)

Other Resources

  • American Council of Learned Societies. Committee on Negro Studies. (on microfilm)
  • Guide to Negro Periodical Literature, (V.1-4) Feb. 1941-Sept. 1946. (on microfilm)
  • McCone Commission Report on the Los Angeles Riots [Summer, 1965], Feb. 25, 1966. (6 reels of microfilm)
  • Negro Exodus Papers,1879 [From the Kansas State Historical Society]. (1 reel of microfilm)
  • Schomburg, Arthur A. Papers, Arthur A. Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and Art, 1932-1938. (12 reels of microfilm)
  • Schomburg, Arthur, Center for Research in Black Culture from New York Public Library.
    • Black Academy of Arts and Letters records, 1968-1980. (10 reels of microfilm)
    • Blacks in the Railroad Industry Collection, 1946-1954. -- Compilation of materials documenting labor struggles of Black railroad workers. (1 reel of microfilm)
  • Slave Narratives. Federal Writers Project, 1936-1938. (5 reels of microfilm)
  • Slavery Pamphlets. -- Virtually every aspect of slavery is covered. Primary sources on American slavery, from Colonial Era through emancipation, as well as titles on Latin American and Caribbean slavery, and the British and French slave trades from sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. The 5,914 titles can be searched in the online catalog. (6,720 microfiche)
  • Tuskegee Institute News Clipping File. -- Between 1899 and 1966 staff in the Department of Records and Research at the Tuskegee Institute clipped articles from over 300 newspapers and magazines about African Americans in the United States, Africa, and elsewhere. The result, 252 reels of microfilm, constitutes an invaluable source of information for researchers on all aspects of the African American experience.
  • Writers’ Program. Motion Pictures & Negro Actors; Negro Inventors, Architects, and Engineers. -- Compiled by workers of the Writers Program of the WPA for "Negroes of New York," 1936-1940. (on microfilm)

Theses (on microfilm) not in the online catalog

  • Bellamy, Donnie D. Slavery, Emancipation, and Racism in Missouri, 1850-1865, 1971.
  • Fisher, Jerilyn Beth. Minority Woman’s Voice: A Cultural Study of Black and Chicano Fiction, 1978.