African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO)

African American Museum and Library at Oakland


The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation, and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations.

The reference library supports the archives and museum. Materials may only be used in the library.


659 14th Street
(510) 637-0200


Monday: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Tuesday: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Wednesday: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Thursday: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Friday: 12:00pm to 5:30pm

Saturday: 10:00am to 5:30pm

Tours of AAMLO

Self-guided tours of AAMLO do not require a reservation.

To request a guided, or group, tour with AAMLO staff, please contact us at or (510) 637-2000.


AAMLO's archival collection is a unique resource on the history of African Americans in Northern California and the Bay Area.
The archives includes over 160 collections. They record the lives of families, pioneers, churches, social and political organizations.

Online Collections

African American Museum & Library at Oakland on Calisphere

History in different forms from institutions in California.
Otis Tarleton Mansfield poses for aphoto in his naval uniform

African American Museum & Library at Oakland - OAC

The Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free access to resource collections.

AAMLO on the Internet Archive

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland digital collection contains audiovisual material from the 1940s to the 2000s.

Articles on Bay Area Black History

Read these original articles on the Bay Area's rich history of African American life and culture.

Articles on Black History

Oakland chooses African-American group to develop Coliseum

It’s not even February and Black history is being made!
The Black Resurgents perform on the Jay Payton Show

Boogaloo Originals

Now in their 50th year, the Black Resurgents are helping keep the Oakland boogaloo spirit alive.

When Can I Learn? African Americans Begin School in Oakland

African American parents faced a dilemma in their fight to integrate Oakland schools.

Juneteenth: The Newest Federal Holiday

African Americans did not wait for a presidential decree to celebrate their most treasured freedom.

Upcoming AAMLO Events

Join us for wonderful programs showcasing African American culture and history.

Watch Past AAMLO Events

Enjoy rich AAMLO programming from the comfort of home.

Recorded Events

The Black Studies Collection

The Black Studies Collection

Databases, journals, digitized collections, and other online resources on Black Studies, curated by AAMLO librarians.

AAMLO Study Guides

AAMLO Study Guides

These educational offerings cover subjects such as gardening, mass incarceration, and the Black Panther Party. AAMLO provides study guides.

African American Perspectives

Gale In Context: African American Perspectives

Study the history of African Americans in the United States.

Black in the Bay

Black in the Bay

From OPL writers, articles, book lists, and more about being Black in the Bay.

AAMLO Digital Underground

A collection of titles from OPL's African American Museum and Library that you can read on the go.

Seed Lending at AAMLO

Anyone is welcome to take seeds. We ask that you sign out for the seeds, then return some next generation seeds for others to borrow.
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