Explore and learn about new digital resources in the Library that support the field of African American studies. Learn also about historical personalities and precedents for the development of such products. AFRO 102 will focus on research and documentation of the African American experience. The course examines significant repositories of African American culture in public libraries, historically black colleges, and predominantly white universities. The course also acknowledged the associations of influential bibliophiles (book collectors) and their contributions in establishing unique and rare collections of African American literature and history. These bibliophiles were pivotal in establishing major Black heritage collections at Howard University, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, Atlanta University, and Fisk University, to name a few. Although primarily about African American life and culture, the personal libraries of black bibliophiles included material about Africa and the African Diaspora.
For the first time ever, the Library is able to provide access to all articles, images, videos, audio files, blogs, and user-generated content from the New York Times website (NYTimes.com). Explore 19 sections, 35 blogs, 15 video channels, full-color facsimiles of today's front page from every New York Times print edition (New York, National, Europe, and Asia), as well as a host of additional content, most of which was was previously unavailable through the Library's subscription. Users must first register from a campus computer, using a valid @illinois.edu email address. If you're on campus now, click here to claim your free Pass, or Contact us if you have any questions. The video to the left demos some of the features of this new resource, and provides step-by-step instructions for claiming a Pass.