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The Boston African Americana Project gathers visual and textual materials from 1770-1950 held by the Boston Athenaeum, the Bostonian Society, Historic New England, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Digitized materials relating to African Americans fall broadly within the categories of slavery, the abolition movement, free blacks, the Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, rural life, urban life, social life, advertising, and depictions of men, women, and children, and consist of broadsides, caricatures, illustrations, manuscripts, pamphlets, political cartoons, portraits, and views. The database contains images and transcriptions of over five hundred items spanning the years 1770 to 1950, with the bulk of the collection falling around 1865.
Includes 1) Digital media archive of historical news film allowing learners to be nearly eyewitnesses to key events of the Civil Rights Movement, 2) Civil rights portal providing a seamless virtual library on the Movement by connecting related digital col