African American Resources for New York

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Archives and Libraries 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

[1] 515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801
(212) 491-2200

Estate Records

Estate papers, 1817 of Brush, Ichabod, d. 1809. Mentions James Williams. Queens Borough Public Library Long Island Division 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, N.Y. 11432

Wilson and Jane Rantus papers, [ca. 1830-1890] Largely bills submitted by individuals and the village and town government. Letters written to Wilson Rantus from Thomas Hamilton, pioneer black journalist, 1854-1861. Other items include insurance policies for private homes, and estate papers.


"Genealogical history of black families of Orange County, New York" by Robert W. Brennan


Honoring New York’s Forgotten Soldiers:  'African-Americans of the Civil
War: With Research Examples A-Z: A Case Study in Historiographic Genealogy"
by Harry Bradshaw Matthews


Inventory of the Blacks in the Railroad Industry Collection, 1946-1954


"A History of Negro Slavery in New York" by Edgar J. Mcmanus

"The free negro in New York City in the era before the Civil War" by Rhoda Golden Freeman

"Voices from the front line :  'New York's African American statesmen of the Underground Railroad Freedom Trail : and the United States Colored Troops organized in the Empire State, 1863-1865 : roll call, men of the 20th USCT and 26th USCT : introductory essay and research guide" by Harry Bradshaw

Web Resources