African-American Genealogical Resources at the Newberry Library

Located at: 60 West Walton, Chicago, IL



Good Collection of Southern records, examples include:

South Carolina Holdings

Mississippi Holdings

Published transcripts or abstracts of antebellum records which contain slave information

Details on slaveowning families

Census, printed census indexes, and soundex indexes


Examples of some Microform Records

Complete set of microfilmed assistant commissioners' records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen's Bureau") - Mississippi's collection is especially good



District of Columbia



North Carolina

South Carolina




Microfilmed records of Freedmen's Savings and Trust, a bank set up by the US government for emancipated slaves

Microfilmed index of Civil War and Service records - approx. 170,000 African-Americans served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) - pension files and service records available through the National Archives - the Newberry has comprehensive holding of state adjutant general reports

Microfilm series - Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, series A-I

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