Database of the Week: Black History Month

Each February, Kenyon College celebrates Black History Month. In recognition of this celebration, the library is highlighting resources that focus and recognize events, people, and social movements associated with the African Diaspora.

This week, we are sharing a selection of resources from different disciplines:
  • African American Communities focuses predominantly on Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and towns and cities in North Carolina, this resource presents multiple aspects of the African American community through pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, correspondence, official records, reports and in-depth oral histories, revealing the prevalent challenges of racism, discrimination and integration, and a unique African American culture and identity..
  • African American Poetry, 1700-1900 has almost 3000 poems written by African-American poets in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The poetry explores a multitude of topics, including abolition, children, civil rights, dreams, education, fugitive slave law, Indian raids, liberty, political issues, prejudice, and slavery. 
  • Afro-American Imprints Created from the Library Company’s acclaimed Afro-Americana Collection—an accumulation that began with Benjamin Franklin and steadily increased throughout its entire history— provides researchers with more than 12,000 printed works. These essential books, pamphlets and broadsides, including many lesser-known imprints, hold an unparalleled record of African American history, literature and culture.
  • Black Abolitionist Papers is primary source collection that details the  work of African Americans to abolish slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War (1830-1865). The collection presents the massive, international impact of African American activism against slavery. The approximately 15,000 articles, documents, correspondence, proceedings, manuscripts, and literary works of almost 300 Black abolitionists show the full range of their activities in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Germany.
  • Slavery and the Law features petitions on race, slavery, and free blacks that were submitted to state legislatures and county courthouses between 1775 and 1867. The petitions document the realities of slavery at the most immediate local level and with amazing candor. Slavery and the Law also includes the State Slavery Statutes collection, a comprehensive record of the laws governing American slavery from 1789-1865
  • Race Relations in America explores three pivotal decades in the struggle for civil rights in America through the eyes and work of sociologists, activists, psychologists, teachers, ministers, students, and housewives. This resource provides access to a wealth of documents highlighting different responses to the challenges of overcoming prejudice, segregation, and racial tensions.
For more resources, check out the following library's resources guides: 
To find any of the other 460 databases available in the library's online collection, go to The library's entire collection of research databases may be found in this alphabetized list. Databases can help you find journal articles, video, audio, current & historical news, and much more.
When you are off campus, you will need to login with your Kenyon username/password and DUO to access the library's online resources. 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. 
If you ever have any questions about using any of the library's databases or on how to find more library resources, don't hesitate to contact the library's Research & Reference Desk or email a librarian
We are available to help you, wherever you are. The Research & Reference Desk is open 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.