Moorland-Spingarn Research Center

The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center on the campus of Howard University is one of the finest archives of Black life in the United States that exists. The collection includes rare books and first editions, papers from African-American leaders, records from civic organizations, photographs, and much, much more. My search of nonfiction literature for young people available at the Center turned up a fascinating array of books published as long ago as the Abolition movement in 1835, to the present day.

In addition to books, the Center houses many oral histories, or transcripts and audio recordings on topics such as African-American Military History, the Black Press, and School Desegregation. These primary source documents could be an excellent way for young people to experience history.

It was exciting to locate other annotated bibliographies for children and young adults throughout the Center’s catalog, examples of which I included in this book list:

  • Black Is… A List of Children's Books from the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore (1972)
  • Real Negroes, Honest Settings: Children's and Young People's Books about Negro Life and History (Drarathula H. Millender; 1967)
  • The Black Experience in Children’s Books (by Augusta Baker; 1971, 1963; 1949)

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Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Howard University
500 Howard Place, NW
Washington, DC 20059