Oxford African American Studies Center

The Oxford African American Studies Center combines carefully edited reference works with sophisticated technology to create a comprehensive online collection focusing on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. This is a dynamic resource that provides students and librarians with more than 20,000 articles by top scholars in the field, supplemented by over 3,000 images, interactive timelines, maps, charts, tables, and graphs.

The core content includes the acclaimed Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (2nd ed.); the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895; and a companion set, the Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present. The site also focuses on the contribution of African American women in the three-volume Black Women in America, and the African American National Biography that covers the lives of influential people. Hundreds of biographies from this project with new entries are added regularly as part of the update program.

In addition, the Center draws on other key resources from Oxford's reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature and selected articles from other major reference titles.

More information is available at Oxford African American Studies Center

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