Includes 50,000 pages of text, biographies, sheet music, etc. which chronicle the African American experience through musical expression. Offers comprehensive coverage of multiple genres including blues, jazz, civil rights songs, gospel, etc.
When complete, Black Drama will contain the full text of 1,200 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 100 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard-to-find, or out of print.
The Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-19) directs the Library of Congress (LOC) and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to conduct a survey of existing oral history collections with relevance to the Civil Rights movement to record new interviews with people who participated in the struggle, over a five year period beginning in 2010. The Collection contains 401 items consisting of video files, videocassettes, digital photographs and interview transcripts.
From the Congressional Black Caucus and the New York Public Library; contains tens of thousands of essays, books, articles, manuscripts, illustrations, lesson plans, and maps related to black migration during the past four hundred years.