Cowles Library provides the Drake community of scholars access to The Black Studies Center. The Center delivers primary and secondary source content from a selection of useful sources, and integrates them in a single cross-searchable gateway. Here are a few of the resources included:
Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience™
– Developed in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, this resource contains in-depth, interdisciplinary essays by today’s leading scholars in Black Studies, providing a detailed summary of the most updated research on over 30 major Black studies topics. Each essay includes key resources (the majority in full-text, including rare primarysources), bibliographies, biographies, timelines, multimedia and other contextual materials.
The Chicago Defender , 1910-1975
– This immense resource contains the full-image pages and articles of this leading African-American newspaper.
International Index to Black Periodicals
– This scholarly index dates back to 1902 with a growing collection of full-text current journals including academic titles from North America, the Caribbean, and Africa. There are currently 99 full-text titles covering years 1998 to current.
– A growing library of images and video clips is available with over 2,000 images and over 200 video clips. See video of everyone from Malcolm X to Marian Anderson.
– Each essay is linked to a comprehensive timeline, which lists important events, people, and places.