February is Black History Month

  • February 5, 2019

February is Black History Month (also African-American History Month) so we’d like to highlight some of NU Library’s resources related to this topic.

Book & DVD Display

On the main floor, next to the stairs, we have a display which includes a variety of books and DVDs including The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Life Upon These Shores : Looking at African American History, 1513-2008. All items are available for checkout.


Library Databases

Two of our Library databases will be of interest to anyone researching Black history. These can be accessed from anywhere on campus, or you can access them off-campus with your PurplePass account.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
This database 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.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law
This collection brings together essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. There are also histories of slavery and modern law review articles on the subject.


NU Library has a database of ebooks covering a wide variety of topics (just like our physical books). These can be viewed from anywhere on campus, or from off-campus with your PurplePass account – just visit the Library homepage and click on the “Ebooks” link. Here are some recommended books, with direct links:

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas : An American Slave

What is African American History?

Becoming African Americans : Black Public Life in Harlem, 1919-1939

Martin Luther King Jr.


And lastly, some recommended websites.

A joint effort of the Library of Congress and other governmental organizations, this site includes online exhibits, audio and videos, and historical photos.

Digital Public Library of America
This site has collections of historical photographs from libraries across the United States, including:

Busing & Beyond: School Desegregation in Boston

The Underground Railroad and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

The Black Power Movement