African Americans


This guide includes both primary and secondary source resources about African Americans. For additional resources, see the guide on Ethnicity and Race. Manuscripts must be used in the Dougherty Reading Room. To schedule an appointment or for more information, email

Manuscript Collections

Dr. Carrol Waymon Interview consists of a compact disc recording of an interview with Dr. Carrol Waymon on National Public Radio station WNCW. This interview covers the childhood and music career of his sister, singer Nina Simone.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Elizabeth Ann Parks Grinton Papers is a collection of a very active teacher, community leader, volunteer, and mentor of young people, Ms. Grinton of Wilkes County, North Carolina.

5.0 linear feet (8 boxes, 2 half-sized manuscript boxes, 1 box in cold storage)

This collection is a scrapbook of an enlarged photo of Florence Lee Tate's sketch of her African-American nurse maid along with Tate's musical score of Let's Git Along Ter Glory (copyright 1950), dedicated to this lady.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This poem or writing on a card describes the artist Henry Ossawa Tanner, sent to George at Christmas by a person whose signature cannot be read.

0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

The Horton Family Papers are a collection of documents accumulated by the Horton family of Watauga County, North Carolina. Jonathan Horton and James Crittenden Horton generated most documents.

1 linear foot (2 boxes)

The collection contains one article written by Bill D. Whittaker. The article details the racial history of Corbin, Kentucky.

0.01 linear feet 1 folder

The John Gaventa Papers consist of the papers and research materials of political sociologist John Gaventa. This includes research materials concerning coal mining in Appalachia and Wales and the economic and environmental effects of mining on these regions as well as materials concerning the American Association Limited and Sir Denys Lowson. It also includes correspondence, journals and calendars, publications and papers written by Gaventa, interview transcripts, photographs, and audiocassette tapes and a VHS tape of speeches given by Gaventa.

11.0 linear feet (16 boxes, 2 oversize folders, 1 audiocassette box)