Black Lives Matter Book Display Featured Resource

Due to some unforeseen matters, we were not able to develop content for the blog last week. Our apologies.

We want to remind readers that on this day in April of 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. To underscore this event, as well as the resources that UCI Libraries provides researchers and students, this week’s “Featured Resource” is the Black Studies Center. We also recommend that readers visit the King Center’s website to learn more about Dr. King and his legacy.

Black Studies Center

Black Studies Center is a fully cross-searchable gateway to Black Studies including scholarly essays, recent periodicals, historical newspaper articles, reference books, and much more.

It combines essential resources for research and teaching in Black Studies, including The Schomburg Studies on the Black ExperienceIndex to Black Periodicals Full Text, Black Literature Index, and the Chicago Defender historical newspaper from 1912-1975.

Add-on modules include The HistoryMakers® oral history video resource with extensive interviews with 100 contemporary African Americans, eight additional historical black newspapers, Black Abolitionist Papers, and Black Studies Dissertations.


Black Lives Matter Book Display Featured Resource

Admittedly, I am late with this week’s featured resource. To make up for that, I’ll include a few additional resources of note.

Black Studies in Video

Black Studies in Video

Black Studies in Video is a signature Alexander Street collection featuring award-winning documentaries, newsreels, interviews and archival footage surveying the evolution of black culture in the United States. In partnership with California Newsreel, the database provides unique access to their African American Classics collection, and includes films covering history, politics, art and culture, family structure, social and economic pressures, and gender relations.

Black Faculty and Staff Association

Founded with the intent of providing a vehicle for the exchange of information. We are here to support and nurture one another and enhance the visibility of the Black Community on the UC Irvine Campus. We invite you to browse through the site and take a look and see what we have to offer.We appreciate your feedback as this is your site,  and considered a work in progress.



Black Lives Matter Goodreads Library Update and Featured Library Resource

For each “Off the Shelf & On Display” Book Display that we create, there will be a corresponding shelf in our Goodreads Library. Visitors may have seen our “Best Books of 2016” shelf, which enabled the UCI Libraries’ Department of Education and Outreach to highlight some of the best books published last year. Of course, with our new display on the theme of Black Lives Matter, we created a Goodreads Bookshelf, which lists just some of the titles that you will find in our new display.

Jacob Lawrence‘s The Libraries Are Appreciated suggests that libraries facilitate community building, bringing people together to create knowledge. The clear, bright colors of this painting also contrast more common renderings of libraries as architectural fortresses that secretly guard, rather than openly share, information.

Libraries Appreciated

Therefore, every Monday, the Department of Education and Outreach will feature a research resource that is related to the theme of the current display.

This week’s featured research resource for the Black Lives Matter display is:


The NAACP Papers collection consists of 6 modules […]With a timeline that runs from 1909 to 1972, the NAACP Papers document the realities of segregation in the early 20th century to the triumphs of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and beyond.

UCI Libraries provides access to Modules 4 & 5.

NAACP Papers (Module 4) Includes:

pt. 22. Legal department administrative files, 1956-1965

pt. 23. Legal Department case files, 1956-1965

NAACP Papers (Module 5) Includes:

pt. 11. Special subject files, 1912-1939

pt. 18. Special subjects, 1940-1955

pt. 24. Special subjects, 1956-1965

pt. 28. Special subject files, 1965-1970

pt.30. General office files, 1966-1972

For more information about the NAACP Papers, please consult Becky Imamoto, Acting Head, Collection Strategies Department and Research Librarian for History and African American Studies.

Want to see even more? Visit Becky Imamoto’s African American Studies Research Guide.