Resources on African-American heritage in Philadelphia at the Blockson Afro-American Collection
Includes: prints, photographs, books, broadsides, posters, and newspaper-clippings.
Core List of Books
Abrahams, Roger D. Deep down in the jungle ...: Negro narrative folklore from the streets of Philadelphia. Hatboro, Pa.: Folklore Associates, 1964.
Anderson, Elijah. Code of the street: decency, violence, and the moral life of the inner city. New York: W. W. Norton, 1999.
Ballard, Allen B. One more day's journey: the story of a family and a people. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1984.
Blockson, Charles L. Philadelphia's guide: African-American state historical markers. Philadelphia, Pa. : Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, 1992.
_______________. African Americans in Pennsylvania: A history and guide. Baltimore, Md. Black Classic Press, 1994.
________________. African Americans in Pennsylvania: above ground and underground, an illustrated guide. Harrisburg, Pa. : RB Books, 2001.
Philadelphia African-Americans: color, class and style, 1840-1940; an exhibition in the museum of the balch institute for ethnic studies, July 4-July 9, 1988. Philadelphia, Pa.: The Institute, 1988.
Bowser, Charles W. Let the bunker burn. Philadelphia, Pa.: Camino Books, 1989.
Brown, G. Gordon. Law administration and Negro-white relations in Philadelphia: A study in race relations. Philadelphia, Pa.: Bureau of Municipal Research, 1947.
Countryman, Matthew. Up South: civil rights and Black power in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.
Du Bois, W.E.B. The Philadelphia Negro: A social study. Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1899.
Ershkowitz, Miriam and Joseph Zikmund, eds. Black politics in Philadelphia. New York: Basic Books, 1973.
Fauset, Arthur Huff. Black Gods of the Metropolis: Negro religious cults of the urban north. Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1944.
Lane, Roger. Roots of violence in Black Philadelphia, 1860-1900. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986.
Lane, Roger. William Dorsey's Philadelphia and ours: on the past and future of the Black city in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.
McBride, David. Integrating the City of medicine: Blacks in Philadelphia health care, 1910-1965. Philadelphia, Pa.: Temple University Press, 1989.
Nash, Gary B. Forging freedom: the formation of Philadelphia's Black community, 1720-1840. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1988.
Nelson, H. Viscount. Black leadership's response to the Great Depression in Philadelphia. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006.
Powell, J. H. Bring out your dead: The great plague of yellow fever in Philadelphia in 1793. Philadelphia, Pa.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1949.
Rankin-Hill, Lesley M. A biohistory of 19th-century Afro-Americans: the burial remains of a Philadelphia cemetery. Westport, Conn.: Bergin & Garvey, 1997.
Saunder, John A. 100 Years After Emancipation: History of the Philadelphia Negro, 1787 to 1963. Philadelphia, Pa.: Free African Society, [1964?]
Trotter, Joe William, Jr. and Eric Ledell Smith , eds. African Americans in Pennsylvania: shifting historical perspectives. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997.
Willis, Arthur C. Cecil's City: A history of Blacks in Philadelphia, 1638-1979. New York : Carlton Press, 1990.
Willson, Joseph. The elite of our people: Joseph Willson's sketches of Black upper-class life in antebellum Philadelphia. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.
Winch, Julie. Philadelphia's Black elite: activism, accommodation, and the struggle for autonomy, 1787-1848. Philadelphia, Pa.: Temple University Press, 1988.
Wolfinger, James. Philadelphia Divided: race and politics in the city of brotherly love.Chapel Hill, N.C., 2007.
Selected Archival Materials
Natalie Hinderas Collection: photographs, correspondence, writings, diaries and printed materials.
John W. Mosley Photograph Collection: photograph prints and negatives of notable Black entertainers, social and political personalities, and general social life of Pennsylvania's African-Americans.
Bishop Richard Robert Wright, Jr. Collection: brochures, books, letters, magazines, broadsides, scrapbooks, photgraphs, film strips and more.
Alpha Boule Collection (Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity): contains rituals and ceremonies, reports, photographs, correspondence, programs and announcements.
Sara R. Isaac Collection of Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in Philadelphia: includes correspondence, UNIA dues cards, minutes, proceedings and a photograph of Ms. Isaac.
William Still Collection: includes photographs and correspondence.
A.M.E. Church Collection and other denominations: contains annual reports, minutes, journals, quarterly reviews and The Christian Recorder publication.
Migration Series: audio tapes/oral histories- interviews with African-American individuals and/or families who have migrated to Philadelphia during or after the Great Migration.
Urban Archives (Temple University Libraries)
Philadellphia New Observer -- weekly - Wednesday.
Philadelphia Sunday -- weekly - Sunday.
Philadelphia Tribune -- bi-weekly - Tuesday & Friday.