Black History Month
Black History Month is an opportunity for us all to learn about the many contributions that Black Canadians and their communities have made to this country, and are continuing to make today. This year's theme "The Future Is Now", is a call to action for Canadians to build on the legacy of those who came before us.
In honour of February being Black History Month, we have created a Gallery of Ebooks highlighting Black History that can be accessed at home and a libguide on Black History and STEM! In addition, we are highlighting a selection of important electronic primary source collections available through Queen’s University Library and beyond:
- Abolitionist newspapers of the 1850s (Ontario)
This site offers full text searching and browsing of three publications: The Voice of the Fugitive; The Provincial Freeman; and The True Royalist and Weekly Intelligencer.
- African American Newspapers: the 19th Century and African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
From major 19th century African American newspapers to rare and historically significant titles.
- African American Periodicals, 1825-1995
Features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans.
- African American Poetry and Twentieth Century African American Poetry
Poetry texts, from the first recorded poem by an African American to the major poets of the twentieth century.
- Black Drama: 1850 to Present
Contains the full text of nearly 1,500 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 233 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries.
- Black Studies Center
A fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books, and much more.
- Black Thought and Culture
Full-text non-fiction works by leading African-Americans. Includes books, essays, journal articles, speeches, pamphlets, letters, and interviews.
- Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007
This resource on trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition brings together original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps, images, and rare printed material from dozens of libraries and archives across the Atlantic world.
- Under a Northern Star
Presents seven collections at Library and Archives Canada that document the experiences of African Canadians. These historical papers and photographs reveal the life and work of people who fought against slavery and racism.
Additional resources are highlighted in the following research guides:
- Anti-Black Racism Reading List
- Black Studies
- Black History in STEM
- Caribbean History
- Celebrating Black History Month with Ebooks
- Nineteenth Century African American Literature
For more information on Black History resources, please consult our research guides and/or contact your librarian.
If you have other suggestions for Ebooks to highlight in the gallery, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Some books are not available to libraries as ebooks, but we can still use your suggestions to help build a larger guide that encompasses both print and ebooks!