April 6, 2005
Issue No. 68

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Black Thought and Culture Database Available

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by Ben Stone

Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) has recently acquired Black Thought and Culture, a database containing approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by notable African American authors.

Screenshot of Black Thought and Culture home page.

In addition to published works by figures such as Frederick Douglass, Carter G. Woodson, Malcolm X, Ida B. Wells, Nikki Giovanni, and many others, Black Thought and Culture also includes approximately 5,000 pages of unique, fugitive, and previously unpublished materials.

To allow greater access to the texts, a sophisticated multi-field search engine enables users to search documents in a variety of ways, revealing linkages and influences among authors. Black Thought and Culture currently contains 619 sources by 246 authors. Most recently, the database has begun adding 13,000 pages (the only existing full run) of The Black Panther, the party's newspaper, with full-color images of every page.

The Black Thought and Culture database can be accessed through Databases A-Z on the SULAIR web site.