by M. Burdex
This is intended to be a bibliographical guide TO reference materials--points of departures, etc.--rather than books ABOUT African American women. It includes mostly items that are regularly found in college or university libraries, as well as in some large/main or central branches of public libraries. No Attempt has been made to list every reference source on African American women. The intent is to cite and annotate those major items that will facilitate one’s research on African American women.
One important key to understanding and using the CSUN library - in fact any library - effectively is the catalog. The catalog is the source wherein one is able to find the holdings of the library listed by author’s name or title, and also subject matter. This would be true if you’re searching for full length books or monographs. If however, you are searching for periodicals at CSUN, you would only be able to search by specific titles of periodicals, rather than articles written by an author with an individual title or on a specific subject when using the online catalog [GEAC]. When searching for periodical articles, it is necessary to use separate periodical (i.e. popular magazine or academic journal) indexes--either online or paper copy--to find needed information. Following which, you will need to consult our catalog [GEAC, or a separate one volume, printed listing of CSUN’s periodicals, serials and newspapers] looking up the titles of the periodical, in order to ascertain whether the title is held by CSUN.
Locating a book under the author’s name or by title--if the author is not known--is fairly easy. Locating one by using the subject heading can become very difficult if the correct heading is not used. The subject headings in this bibliography are Library Of Congress subject headings and are the authority used in college or university libraries, and the Library Of Congress. In other words, these are the terms one should use when searching for materials--usually full length books--held by the library. The following are a few important subject headings to be used when doing research on African American women.
Library Of Congress Subject headings:
(May Subd Geog)= subject may also be subdivided by geographical designation, e.g. name of country, state, city, etc.; andAfro-American women (May Subd Geog); Here are entered works on women of the United States of black African descent. Works on black women who temporarily reside in the United States, such as aliens, students from abroad, etc., are entered under Black women - UnitedStates. Works on black women outside the United States are entered under
(Not Subd Geog)= subject may NOT be subdivided by geographical designation. Scope notes=describing definition of subject within context of meanings of a term to which the library’s catalog is limited.
(Listing of sources).
(Bibliographies on African American women). Subject heading: Afro-American women - Bibliography.
Redfern, Bernice. WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE UNITED STATES, A GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE. N.Y. & London: Garland Pub. Inc., 1989. Four chapters:
Richardson, Marilyn. BLACK WOMEN AND
RELIGION: A BIBLIOGRAPHY. Boston,
Ma:G.K. Hall [c1980]. Emphasis is on "...
the history and present-day activities of black
feminists in the church and as religionists...
[REF Z1361.N39R53 Refrm].
Sims, Janet L. THE PROGRESS OF
AFRO-AMERICAN WOMEN:A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
AND RESOURCE GUIDE. Westport,
Conn., London, England:
Greenwood Press . A selective
bibliography of nineteenth and twentieth
century black press sources which includes
"... the contributions and the work of
Afro-American women in the armed services
and defense movement, the suffrage movement,
the women’s rights and feminist movement[s],
the church,... the family...sports...community
organizations...politics...law and law
information included was obtained from
"major black publications, masters
theses, and doctoral dissertations".
[REF Z1361.N39S52 Refrm].
Werner, Craig. BLACK AMERICAN WOMEN NOVELISTS, AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY. Pasadena, CA:Salem Press [c1989]. 33 novelists included. Intent of bibliography is threefold: "
(Bibliographies on African Americans). Subject headings: Afro-American abolitionists; Afro-American families; Afro-Americans.
Davis, Lenwood G. THE BLACK FAMILY IN THE UNITED STATES: A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ANNOTATED BOOKS, ARTICLES AND DISSERTATIONS ON BLACK FAMILIES IN AMERICA. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press [c1978]. Note publication date. Three periods of literature presented:
Davis Nathaniel. AFRO-AMERICAN
REFERENCE: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF
SELECTED RESOURCES. Compiled
and edited by Nathaniel Davis. Westport,
Conn.: Greenwood Press, [c1985].
(Bibliographies and Indexes in
Afro-American and African Studies, Number 9).
Intent is for academic as well as public
library users, with emphasis on African
Americans in the United States covering
the entire scope of Afro-American studies
[REF Z1361.N39D37 1985 Stacks].
EARLY BLACK BIBLIOGRAPHIES,
Compiled by Betty Kaplan Gubert. New York;
London: Garland Publishing, Inc.,
1982. (Critical Studies on Black Life and
Culture; V.25. Garland Reference Library of
Social Science; V.103). Includes "...
nineteen old, rare and out-of-print
bibliographies on Afro-Americana",
of varying length and form whose purpose
is "... to make available to researchers,
scholars, librarians, teachers, and students
the sources of early information by and about
[REF Z1361.N39E25 1982 Stored].
Howard University Libraries.
DICTIONARY CATALOG OF THE ARTHUR B.
SPINGARN COLLECTION OF NEGRO AUTHORS.
Boston, Mass: G.K. Hall, 1970. 2vols:
V.1=A-K; V.2=L-Z, & Music Catalog.
[REF Z12361.N39H78 Refrm].
__________. Moorland Foundation.
DICTIONARY CATALOG OF THE JESSE E.
MOORLAND COLLECTION OF NEGRO LIFE AND HISTORY,
HOWARD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Boston: G.K. Hall, 1970. 9vols.
[REF Z1361.N39H82 Refrm].
Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature
and History. DICTIONARY CATALOG OF
THE SCHOMBURG COLLECTION OF NEGRO LITERATURE &
HISTORY. Boston:G.K. Hall.
Collections of the Research Libraries of the
New York Public Library.
[REF Z881.N592S35 Refrm].
__________.__________. First supplement.
2vols. Boston:G.K. Hall, 1967. Collections of the
Research Libraries of the New York Public Library.
[REF Z881.N592S36 1967 Refrm].
__________.__________. Second supplement.
Boston:G.K. Hall, 1972. 4vols. Collections of
the New York Public Library
[Z881.N592S36 1972 Refrm].
Schomberg Center for Research in Black
BIBLIOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO BLACK STUDIES.
Boston:G.K. Hall, 1975- . Annual updates of the
publications - all formats and
languages - cataloged by the Research Libraries
of the New York Public Library and the Library
[REF Z881.N492S37 Refrm=1987-1996; Stacks=1975-86].
Together with the previous entries (Moorland and Spingarn collections at Howard University), the Schomburg collections represent the two major collections of African and African American material in the world. The bibliographies list books, as well as periodical articles, pamphlets, etc. . Authors, titles and subjects are listed in one alphabet, and contain materials available sometimes only in these collections.
AFRO-AMERICAN HISTORY; A BIBLIOGRAPHY.
Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC - Clio [1974-81]. 2v.
"A selection of abstracts from
America, History and Life
and Historical Abstracts
[REF Z1361.N39S56 Stacks].
Work, Monroe N.
A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE NEGRO
IN AFRICA AND AMERICA.
N.Y.:Octagon Books, 1965 [c1928]. "...
a select reference bibliography on the Negro
with more than 17,000 entries covering the
most worthwhile publications (books, pamphlets
and periodical articles) in different languages
issued before 1928". Compiler was assisted
in his endeavor by the Phelps-Stokes fund and the
Tuskegee Institute (Tuskegee, Ala.).
[REF Z1361.N39W8 1965b Stacks; Stored=2 copies:1=circ, 1=non-circ].
(Information on the life/work of individuals)
(Biographical information on African American women. The sources cited will be those that include a collection of African American women, rather than specific or individual women). Subject headings: Afro-American women - Biography; and related: Afro-Americans - Biography. If biographical information on a specific/individual woman is needed, the name of the person--last name first--is the subject heading to use.
AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN, A BIOGRAPHICAL
DICTIONARY. N.Y. & London:
Garland Pub., 1993. Dorothy C. Salem, editor.
A source for all readers about "... women
who made meaniful, though largely unhearled,
contributions to American history and culture...
women who have made significant contributions to
social reform, politics, arts and entertain-ment,
religion, business, education, and the professions
from the Colonial era to the present". NOT
"biographical outlines ...sketches";
entrants’ "significance" and"
works", as well as herself, are paramount
in these summaries/descriptions. This source
"... seeks to clarify, supplement,
consolidate and condense information that
appears in limited form in the related
biographical dictionaries, bibliographical
indices, and almanacs". Includes selected
bibliography and index.
[REF E185.96.A45 1993 Refrm].
BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA: AN HISTORICAL
Darlene Clark Hine, editor. 2v. Brooklyn, N.Y.:
Carlson Pub., 1993."... 804 entries, 641...
biographies of individual Black women... 163 of
which deal with general topics and
organizations". Entries are " of
individuals who played a role on the national
stage or who made national news" ; as well
as some "prominent only in their communities,
but are typical of women throughout the
country ". Selection for inclusion was
on those"whom information could not
easily be found in other reference books",
and Black women’s organizations, as well as Black
organizations which Black women played a central
part... which also played a central part in Black
[REF E185.86.B542 1993 Refrm].
Bolden, Tonya. THE BOOK OF
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN; 150 CRUSADERS, CREATORS,
AND UPLIFTERS. Holbrook, Mass.:
Adams Media Corp. . Entrants are" from
the seventeenth century onward", many"...
were or are the first of their race, gender,
or both to achieve a certain goal".
[REF E185.96.B568 1996 Refrm].
EPIC LIVES: ONE HUNDRED BLACK WOMEN
WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE. Jessie Carney
Smith, editor. Detroit, MI: Visible Ink Press,
c1993. "(Strong Black women)... who helped
to shape our people and our country".
[REF E185.96.E64 1993 Refrm].
Green, Mildred Denby. BLACK WOMEN
COMPOSERS: A GENESIS. Boston, Mass.:
Twayne Pub. [c1983]. "... works
["only published compositions which
represent the composers’ styles"] of
Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Julia Perry,
Evelyn Pittman, and Lena McLinn..."
[REF ML390.G83 1983 Refrm].
NOTABLE BLACK AMERICAN WOMEN.
Jessie Carney Smith, editor. Detroit, MI: Gale
Research, [c1992 & c1996]. A compilation of
biographies of Black American women who were
"... the abolitionists, educators, doctors,
journalists, writers, and women of many other
professions... in two volumes. The first volume
was published in 1992, with Book II published
in 1996. There are eight hundred entries total
in both volumes. No attempt was made to include
"... all the most important ... (or)
famous African American women". The aim
of all those involved in publishing this source
"... was to give, the reader an important
assemblage of women who are diverse by geography,
history and professions". Criteria for
inclusion (a woman would be selected if she met
one or more of the criteria) is cited in the
Introduction. Bibliographical sources and Index
[REF E185.96.N68 1992 Refrm; REF E185.96.N68 1996 Refrm].
Werner, Craig. BLACK AMERICAN
WOMEN, AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY.
Pasadena, CA: Salem Press [c1989].
Please see annotation under
BIBLIOGRAPHY - SPECIAL section.
[REF PS153.N5W47 1989 Refrm].
B. GENERAL (Biographies about African Americans) Subject headings: Afro-Americans - Biography.
BIOGRAPHY INDEX: A CUMULATIVE INDEX
TO BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL IN BOOKS AND MAGAZINES.
New York: H.W. Wilson, Co.
[V.1 Jan.1946/Jly. 1949- ]. An annual biographical
source including: "... obituaries,
collections of letters, diaries, memoirs,
juvenile literature, book reviews and
bibliographies, (as well as)... material appearing
in periodicals indexed in other Wilson Company
indexes, selected additional periodicals,
current books of individual and collective
biography, and incidental biographical material
in otherwise non Geographical books". All
entries "unless otherwise
indicated" are those of citizens of the
[REF Z5301.B56 Refrm].
CONTEMPORARY BLACK BIOGRAPHY; PROFILES FROM
THE INTERNATIONAL BLACK COMMUNITY.
Detroit, MI: Gale Research Inc. [c1992]. Although
the biographical profiles included are those
"... of the important and influential persons
of African heritage who form international black
community:men and women who have changed today’s
world and are shaping tomorrow’s...", the
majority are those from the United States. At
present there are 5 volumes [v.5=c1994]. Cumulative
indexes: Nationality, Occupation, Subject, and Name.
Includes: "vital personal statistics, career
information, major awards, mailing address
(if known), ... photographs, portraits",
as well as bibliographical sources where additional
biographical information may be found.
[REF E186.96.C66 Refrm].
DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NEGRO
Rayford W. Logan & Michael R. Winston,
editors. New York:London: Norton [c1982].
Intent was to compile "... a comprehensive
biographical dictionary based on scholarly
research". Does not include "living
persons", nor individuals whose careers
had not received attention nor publication
from scholars prior to January 1, 1970.
Historical significance IS the primary criteria
[REF E185.96.D53 1982 Refrm].
Hawkins, Walter L. AFRICAN
AMERICAN BIOGRAPHIES; PROFILES OF 558 CURRENT
MEN AND WOMEN. Jefferson, North
Carolina:McFarland & Co. [c1992].
The profiles are those who: "... were born
or spent their childhood years in the United States
(a few biographies were included if they
spent "... most of their adult lives in
the United States"); played an important
role in the development of African American
children (i.e. role model)". If an
individual died in the year 1968, or before,
that individual is not included. Additional
criteria for inclusion includes: "notable
athletic achievements and records"; first
African American in ..., or selection to any hall
[REF E185.96.H38 1992 Refrm].
Spradling, Mary Mace.
IN BLACK AND WHITE; A GUIDE
TO MAGAZINE ARTICLES, NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
AND BOOKS CONCERNING MORE THAN 6700 BLACK
INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS.
3rd ed. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., c1985.
Earlier editions of this sources are: 1971 and
1976 (2d ed). Both, as well as this third
edition, are guides to materials in the
Kalamazoo (MI) Library System, and makes no
claim to be exhaustive or complete. Popular
entertainers, athletes, as well as scholars
and other professionals are included.
Information included: birth and death dates,
occupation, and a bibliography from which the
information listed was obtained.
[REF Z1361.N39S655 1980 Refrm].
(The term "periodical" refers to both popular magazines indexed in the Reader’s Guide To Periodical Literature, such as " Time", "Newsweek", "Ebony", etc.; and scholarly/academic/academic /professional journals such as "CLA Journal", "Journal of Black Education", etc.). The Library subscribes to a majority of the major print periodical and newspaper indexes. Additionally, access is also available to online databases (indexes). In general, these indexes/databases use similar subject headings as those used when searching for books in the online catalog [GEAC]. An exception is the heading " Black women" or "African American" - used by the periodical/newspaper indexes or online databases - instead of " Afro-American women" used while using/searching the online catalog [GEAC]. The following list of periodical indexes is but a few suggestions to be used while researching "African American women" in periodicals/journals. Please remember that when you have consulted the periodical indexes/databases and obtained citations (i.e. titles/authors of articles, as well as names of periodicals with volume/page numbers and date of issues, it will still be necessary to ascertain whether the Library has subscribed to the periodical title/s wherein the desired articles will be found. To obtain this information one needs to consult the one volume List of Periodicals, Serials and Newspapers located throughout the Library, or again by using the title of the periodical (rather than title of the article) at the GEAC terminals.
A. PRINTED INDEXES
AMERICA, HISTORY AND LIFE. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC CLIO 19??- [REF Z1236.A48 V.0-31 1974-1994 Not currently received=Stacks]. 1974- also accessed under Social Sciences and Education section from the Library’s homepage.
ART INDEX. New York, A.W. Wilson 1- 1929/32- [REF Z5937.A7 Refrm]. Similar online databases are: Art Index and Art Abstracts, two First Search II databases.
BUSINESS PERIODICAL INDEX. New York, H.W. Wilson Co. 1958/59- [REF Z7164.C81.B983 Refrm=1986/87- ; Stacks=1958/59-1990/91; Stored=1958/59-1981/82]. Business Index, an Infotrac database, is a similar online index for trade/professional/academic journals in the field of business.
EDUCATION INDEX. New York, H.W. Wilson Co. 1929/32- [REF Z5813.E23 Refrm=1985/86- ; Stacks=1947/50-1983/84; Stored=1929/32-1977/78]. An online database, Eric, can be accessed 1976- under the Social Sciences and Education section, and First Search I from the Library’s homepage.
HUMANITIES INDEX. V.1- June 1974- [Bronx, N.Y., H.W. Wilson Co.]. [REF AI3.I6 Refrm]. An online version (CD ROM) is accessed from the Library’s homepage under the Arts and Humanities section. Humanities Abstracts, a First Search I database is similar.
INDEX TO PERIODICAL ARTICLES BY
AND ABOUT BLACKS. Boston, G.K.
Hall 1973-83 ceased. [REF AI3.O4
Refrm]. Earlier title: INDEX TO PERIODICAL
ARTICLES BY AND ABOUT NEGROES. Boston, G.K.
Hall 1966-73 ceased.
[REF AI3.O4 Refrm=1960-70 cum.; 1971 & 1972; Stored=1960-70 cum., also 1966-1969 & 1971-1972].
INTERNATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THEATRE
(IBT). 1982- [Brooklyn, N.Y.]:
Theatre Research Data Center, Brooklyn College,
City University of New York; New York, N.Y.:
Distributed by the Publishing Center for Cultural
[REF PN1561.157 Refrm].
MLA INTERNATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BOOKS
AND ARTICLES ON THE MODERN LANGUAGES AND
LITERATURE. 1963- [New York?].
New York University.
[REF Z7006.M64 Refrm=1921/25-1992 Not currently received]. Accessible online also as a First Search I database.
MUSIC INDEX. Detroit Information Coordinators [etc.]. 1949- [REF ML118.M84 Refrm].
READER’S GUIDE TO PERIODICAL LITERATURE. 1900- N.Y. H.W. Wilson. [REF AI3.R43 Refrm].
SOCIAL SCIENCES INDEX. New York, H.W. Wilson Co. 1974/75- [REF AI3.I62 Refrm=1974/75-1994/95. Not currently received]. Also accessed from Library’s homepage under Social Sciences and Education section=CD ROM version 1983- ; and also as a First Search I database.
B. ONLINE DATABASES
AMERICA, HISTORY, AND LIFE. 1979- . Accessed under the Social Sciences and Education section on the Library’s homepage.
ERIC. 1982- . Accessed from the Library’s homepage under Social Sciences and Education, First Search I, and Web version 1976- .
FIRST SEARCH I and II. First Search I databases include: WorldCat, ERIC, Humanities Abs, MLA, Read Guide Abs, Soci Abs. First Search II databases include: Art Index, RILM, Art Abstracts, Biography Index.
HUMANITIES INDEX. CD ROM version accessed from Library’s homepage under Arts and Humanities. Similarly Humanities Abstracts is a First Search I database.
INFOTRAC. CD ROM and Web versions accessed under General (Multi Subject) and Business sections.
SOCIAL SCIENCES INDEX. CD ROM version 1983-June 1997 accessed from Library’s homepage under Social Sciences and Education; also a First Search I database.