Samuel W. Black
Associate Curator for African American History
The Western Reserve Historical Society
Anyone seeking primary source material for the study of African-American life and culture in Northeastern Ohio, the Western Reserve Historical Society is a treasure. The African American Archives collection of the WRHS is one of the largest regional collections of Africana in the U.S. since 1970. The African American Archives has collected and preserved papers, records, photographs, prints, newspapers, recordings, digital sources, prints, rare books, artifacts, art and other items that hold significance for the study of Africana life and culture. The Archives is categorized in four sections: manuscripts, rare and special books, newspapers, and audio/visual collections. Specifically for a study of Cleveland’s African-American community from 1900 to 1915, the African American Archives offer a number of sources.
Part One: Manuscript Collections