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Black History Month: Welcome

A quick introduction to resources at the Academy of Art Library related to Black history, Black art and artists.


February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans. The Academy of Art Library has curated this page of online library resources related to Black artists, art movements, and Black history. We've included e-books, streaming video, digital magazine articles, and more. If you have any questions, or need help finding additional resources, feel free to reach out to Debra Sampson, Library Director, for assistance.

If you are prompted to login to these resources, use your First and Last Name with a space in between, and your student ID number.

ProQuest Ebook Central e-books


Artstor is celebrating Black History Month by gathering a number of Artstor’s Public Collections about the history and culture of African Americans. The Academy of Art Library has access to Artstor through June 2021. Check it out before it's gone.

Shirley Chisholm. Not dated. Copyright: Tuskegee University Archives, 2016.

Shirley Chisholm. Not dated. Copyright: Tuskegee University Archives, 2016.

Online Databases

Try searching the Library's digital resources using keywords such as "Black history," "African American," "Harlem Renaissance," "Black Arts Movement," or combine search terms such as "animation" and "African American" to find resources related to Black artists and Black history.  A few databases to try are listed below.

Oxford Art

Kara Walker: from Gone: An Historical Romance of the Civil War as it Occurred Between the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart (image 3), cut paper and adhesive on wall, 3.96×15.24 m, 1994; photo courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Walker, Kara. "Gone three." Grove Art Online. Oxford University Press. Date of access 19 Feb. 2021.

Digital Magazines

You can find all of the digital magazines the library subscribes to via the Flipster Magazine link on the Library's Online Resources webpage.