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Black Biographical Dictionaries 1790-1950 (Microform Collection)


This microfiche collection reproduces historical reference books that document  black American experiences. These titles include biographical dictionaries, histories and directories of African American organizations, encyclopedias, plus a variety of miscellaneous publications like; The Colored Aristocracy of St. Louis (1858), Hand Book on the Detroit Negro (1942), The Underground Rail Road (1872), etc.

The fiche are arranged by the number that is assigned to each reference book that is included in this collection.


Black Biographical Dictionaries are available on microfiche at call number MicFiche E185.96 .B52 . Check the libary catalog for location.


Black Biography 1790-1950: A Cumulative Index  is at call number Z1361.N39 B52 1991. The primary arrangement for this index is by person's name with each entry showing the assigned reference source title number(s) followed by page number(s). The last volume of this index contains indexes to the biographies by place of birth, occupation, religion, and sex.

Libraries' Catalog The title for each reference book in this collection appears in the UB Libraries Catalog. If you are interested in African-American reference works, you can find them doing a keyword search (the default search) that combines the phrase black biographical dictionaries with place names, subjects (writers, slavery, etc.), and/or words that describe the type of publications (handbook, encyclopedias. etc.).