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Enoch Pratt Free Library

African American Department

African American DepartmentThe African American Department provides customers with the resources to examine questions about all aspects of African American history. The Eddie and Sylvia Brown African American Collection is an in-depth historical and contemporary collection of fiction and nonfiction resources that pertain to the history and culture of African Americans throughout the African Diaspora. Circulating and non-circulating materials are accessible for customers use.

All subject areas are included in this department, as they pertain to African America history and culture.

Collections of Note:

African American Rare Book Collection
A collection of nineteenth century rare books on microfiche.

The Digital Collection
Examines photographic views of African American life in Maryland and includes slave documents.

Ephemera Collection
Files include more than 600 non-book items covering a wide range of subjects including postcards, posters, illustrative materials, and programs.

Mapping the African American Experience in Maryland
Maps help to illustrate the African American experience in Maryland through historic buildings.

The Microfilm
Includes newspapers, journals, historic books, and personal and organizational papers.

Funeral Program Collection
Funeral programs from the 1960s to the present.

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