AAMLO's archival collection is a unique resource on the history of African Americans in Northern California and the Bay Area.
Use this site to explore descriptions, finding aids, inventories and digitized content from archives held by the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO).
AAMLO's Archives has compiled research guides on the following topics to assist new researchers with finding primary and secondary sources. They are designed to serve entry level research and for researchers preparing to visit the archives.
The archive includes over 160 collections documenting prominent:
- social and political organizations
AAMLO's oral history collection includes interviews with:
- local civil rights activists
- the Eternal Voices video library, containing more than 80 years of African American East Bay history
The microfilm collection includes:
- newspapers such as Freedom's Journal, The Liberator, The People's Voice, Muhammad Speaks, and The Colored American Magazine
- WPA slave narratives from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Tennessee
- FBI Investigation Files on Marcus Garvey, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Elijah Muhammad, and W.E.B. DuBois
- Military enlistment records of African Americans serving in the armed forces
- California census records, 1910-1930
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