Database of the Week: American Slave: A Composite Autobiography

American Slave: A Composite Autobiography is a full-text ebook database with multiple volumes of slave narratives compiled by the Library of Congress from transcripts of 2,000 interviews of former slaves from seventeen states. The interviews were conducted between 1936 and 1938 by field workers hired by the WPA Federal Writer's Project.

If you are off campus, in order to access the library's online resources, you will need to login with your Kenyon username/password and DUO. For more information on off-campus access, please watch our video on Off-Campus Login and Linking to Full-Text, one of the Middle Path Minute videos in the library's tutorial series on YouTube. 

To find American Slave: A Composite Autobiography or any of the other 445+ databases available in the library's online collection, go to All of our research databases are available in this alphabetized list. The library also provides guides with suggested resources for each academic department and more. 

If you ever have any questions about finding or using any library resource, don't hesitate to email a librarian or contact the library's Research & Reference Desk. The library staff is available to help you, whether you are on-campus or studying remotely. The Research & Reference Desk is available daily (hours vary) via chat, text (740-444-4031), and email ( You may also make an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one help.

The Research & Reference Desk, which is located in Library B, will not be physically open this semester. All library research assistance will be offered via chat, email, text, or by appointment (via Google Meet).