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HIST A394 Wenches Witches Welfare Queens

A guide to help students in Professor Myers's class on stereotypes of black women in US history (HIST-A394/GNDR-G302/AAADS-A386)


IU Bloomington is home to many collections of primary sources. The types of material include personal papers, institutional records, physical artifacts, audio and visual materials, and archaeological collections. See the slides below for some of the places that hold these materials or look at this longer listNote that many of the books, magazines, etc. in IUCAT also contain primary sources.

These are just a few of the historical newspapers and periodicals available online at IU. For a longer list of newspapers, see here. In addition to the databases below, you can find individual titles in IUCAT. 

This is just a small portion of the primary sources on African American history that require an IU login. Please contact me for help finding other primary sources.

For freely-available digital primary sources, use UmbraSearch and the Digital Collections at the Library of Congress.

These are mostly general databases, covering many topics. For help finding information on your particular research question, contact me or look at this much longer list.

Historical Documents

Racist and sexist stereotypes are ubiquitous, which can, surprisingly, sometimes make them more difficult to find. Use the sources below, but also look in the "primary source databases" tab.