Afro Am 117: Survey of African American Literature IAfro Am 118: Survey of African American Literature IIAfro Am 133: Afro-American History, Civil War to 1954Afro Am 170/171: The Multicultural Experience in American Life and CultureAfro Am 188: Introduction to African American LiteratureAFRO AM 222 Black Church In AmericaAfro Am 236: History of the Civil Rights MovementAfro Am 290c/753: The BluesAfro Am 331: The Life and Writings of W.E.B. Du BoisAfro Am 365: Composition: Style and Organization (Junior Year Writing)Afro Am 391A: The Political Thought of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.Afro Am 491C: Cuba: A Social HistoryAfro Am 605/History 797S: African Americans and the Movement to Abolish SlaveryAfro Am 652/234: Literature of the Harlem RenaissanceAfro Am 691C: Historiographical Methods in Afro-American StudiesAfro Am 692G: African American Women's NarrativeAfro Am 701 & 702: Major Works in Afro American StudiesEnglish 891BB: African American Women PlaywrightsHistory 494T: Rethinking the Civil Rights MovementHistory 591FG: First Generation-Urbanism and Breaking Baseball's Color BarrierHistory 593K: African Americans in Antebellum New EnglandHistory 594Z: Black Women’s Political ActivismJournalism 395M: The African American Freedom Struggle and the Mass MediaAFROAM 494DI: The W.E.B. Du Bois Senior Seminar
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A general guide to library research in Afro American Studies.
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Finding Books

To find books at UMass, you have two options.

1. Start with the general search box on the library home page,  

This catalog gives you access to libraries and collections throughout North America and beyond! It starts with UMass but does not limit you to our catalog.

Citations can be exported directly to RefWorks or other citation managers.

    2. Or, use the Five Colleges Library Catalog.

    This catalog lets you search in some very specifc ways, for example, by Library of Congress Subject Heading. Be as specific as possible in your searching. Start with a subject search (use keyword if subject yields no results). Search by author, title, subject, keyword, call number, journal title, etc. For materials on a specific subject, enter your term(s) into the Subject or Keyword search boxes.

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        Where are the books in Afro American Studies?

        Call Number Locations

        Information on Afro American studies can be found throughout the Library of Congress's classification system (the one we employ in the University Libraries). The subject of the work is the most important determinant as to where an item will be found, but the following Library of Congress call numbers mark areas where a significant number of books, journals, and other materials can be found.

        TIP: When you look for a particular book on the shelf, make sure to browse the shelf and nearby shelves for related books. Take your time! Open the books!


        E 184.5 - E 185.98 History of African Americans in the United States
        14th floor

        PS 508 .N3 Collections of literature by African Americans
        11th floor

        PS 628 .N4 Collections of plays by African Americans
        11th floor

        PS 591 .N4 Collections of poetry by African Americans
        11th floor

        PS 153 .N5 Literary history and criticism of works by African Americans
        11th floor

        Z 1361 .N39 Bibliographies on African American subjects
        21st floor


        Quick Search: UMA WorldCat

        UMA WorldCat is a discovery tool that helps you find a wide range of materials using a single search. Books, journals, articles, videos and more can be located using UMA WorldCat.


        What floor?

        Reading Call Numbers

        The Library Catalog provides a call number and location for each item. The call number consists of an alphanumeric string based on the Library of Congress classification system. Learn how to read a call number.

        Note: If the Call Number of a book says "UM Reference," you will find it in the Learning Commons, lower level of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Otherwise, for BOOKS and PERIODICALS in the UM W.E.B. Du Bois Library, use the chart below.

        Call Number begins with:        Floor:

















        H-HD 7999


        HD 8000-HZ












        P-PQ 5999


        PQ 6000-PZ










        T (except for TR)












        Spotlight on...

        Two books by graduates of the Afro American Studies department were selected as Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2008. Both books began as dissertations in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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        The Colored cartoon: Black representation in American animated short films, 1907-1954 - Christopher P. Lehman
        Call Number: NC1766.U5 L442 2007, 9th floor
        This book is based on Christopher Lehman's Afro American Studies dissertation, Black representation in American animated short films, 1928--1954, completed in 2002 and available online and in the Library (20th floor, call # LD3234.M267 2002 .L5235).

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        "Closer to the truth than any fact": memoir, memory, and Jim Crow - Jennifer Jensen Wallach
        Call Number: E185.61 .W1925 2008, 14th floor
        This book is based on Jennifer Jensen Wallach's Afro American Studies dissertation, Remembering Jim Crow: The literary memoir as historical source material, completed in 2004 and available online and in the Library (20th floor, call # LD3234.M267 2004 .W1954).


        Spotlight on...

        Ousmane Power-Greene received his PhD from the UMass Amherst Department of Afro American Studies in 2007.

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        Against Wind and Tide - Ousmane Power-Greene
        Call Number: Online book
        Publication Date: 2014

        New Books!

        Titles recently acquired in the Five College Libraries, on African American history.


        Some books by Afro Am alums

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        A Critical History of Soul Train on Television - Christopher P. Lehman
        Christopher P. Lehman earned his PhD in Afro American Studies from UMass Amherst in 2002.

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        Black women in the ivory tower, 1850-1954: an intellectual history - Stephanie Y Evans
        Stephanie Y. Evans earned her PhD in Afro American Studies from UMass Amherst in 2003.

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        T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American agitator: a collection of writings, 1880-1928 - Timothy Thomas Fortune; Shawn Leigh Alexander
        Shawn Leigh Alexander earned his PhD in Afro American Studies from UMass Amherst in 2004.

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        The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World - Lindsey R. Swindall
        Lindsey R. Swindall earned her PhD in Afro American Studies from UMass Amherst in 2007.

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        The politics of Paul Robeson's Othello - Lindsey R Swindall
        Lindsey R. Swindall earned her PhD in Afro American Studies from UMass Amherst in 2007.

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