ProQuest Creates Powerful New Access for Scholarly Research on African American Writers

In the late 1980′s, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. began to create his monumental work, Black Literature, 1827-1940, a collection that offers access to novels, poems, reviews, and short stories of such writers as Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Waring Cuney, Edythe Mae Gordon, and many others.

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The collection, drawn from over 110 black periodicals and newspapers, includes works not to be found anywhere else (for instance, Gwendolyn Brooks published 75 poems in the Chicago Defender, uniquely to be found in this collection). The contents of Dr. Gates’ collection has, up till now, been available only in microfiche, but, using their free online Black Literature Index, ProQuest has data mined their online resources, Black Studies Center and Historical Black Newspapers, to locate and enable deep links connecting scholars directly to full-text, digital versions of 27,000 of the works in Black Literature, 1827-1940.

I wonder if I might be able to get trial access to these two files for e-Views’ readers to try this access out…? Never hurts to try; wish me luck!

More as it happens,
Cheryl

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Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at claguard@fas.harvard.edu, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.

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