Black Studies

April 8, 2020, by Angela Shearsmith

On trial: Alexander Street Black Studies 

We are pleased to announce a month’s trial for Alexander Street Black Studies. These interdisciplinary resources feature rare and unique materials that survey the black experience throughout history, culture, literature, arts, drama and more. Researchers will find essential contributions from black writers, historians, filmmakers, and cultural figures representing many different backgrounds and contexts.  

There are 300,000 pages and 958 videos to explore. 

Highlights include:  

  • Black Studies in Video, featuring the SNCC Legacy Video Collection, and documentaries on leading artists, writers, musicians, playwrights and performers. 
  • African Diaspora, 1860-present, the only non-US focused black studies multimedia collection with never-before digitised content. 
  • Black Women Writers: African, African American, and Diaspora, presenting 100,000 pages of literature and essays on feminist issues. 
  • Caribbean Literaturemore than 100,000 pages of poems, drama, novels, stories, and related material. 
  • Black Short Fiction and Folklore, covering 82,000 pages and more than 11,000 works of short fiction by writers from Africa and African Diaspora from the earliest times to the present. 
  • Black Drama: Third Edition, with full text of more than 1,700 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 200 playwrights, including many rare or out of print works.

The trial runs until 30th June 2020. 

Do let us know what you think. Please send your feedback to the Libraries Collections team at 


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