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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

African American Studies: Biography

a guide to resources

Individual Biography

Search the library catalog by subject and enter the individual's name (last name first) as the subject term.


Search the library catalog by author and enter the individual's name (last name first). 


King, Martin Luther

Obama, Barack 

Slave Narratives

See Slave Narratives: a guide to primary source accounts of life under slavery.

Printed Reference Biography Guides

  • Collective Biography

African American Lives  REF E 185.96 .A446 2004

Black Americans in Congress,   REF E185.96 R25

Black Women in America:  A Historical Encyclopedia.  REF E185.86 .B542

Dictionary of American Negro Biography  REF 185.86 .D53

Freedom's Lawmakers:  A Directory of Black Officeholders During Reconstruction 
REF E 185.96  .F64

Who's Who Among African Americans (annual --)  REF E185.96 .W52

  • Guides to Autobiographies/Diaries/Narratives

Afro American Biographies: A bibliography  REF E185.96 .B1 A375 2000

American Diaries: An Annotated Bibliograpy of Published American Diaries and Journals .  REF CT 1214 B1 A75 vols 1-2 (See Afro-Americans in the index.)

 Autobiographies by Americans of Color 1980 -1994:  An Annotated Bibliography.  REF CT 220 .B1 S88 1997

Online Resources

Contains biographical profiles of former African-American Members of Congress, links to information about current black Members.