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History, Trans-Mississippi American West

This guide cites primary and secondary sources relevant to the history of the United States west of the Mississippi River.

African Americans in the West

African American Funeral Programs of San Antonio: The San Antonio Public Library presents its collection of African American funeral programs. The collection consists of over 1,000 programs that date from 1935 to present day and depicts the African American community in Bexar County.

Black Oral History Collection (Washington State University): This digital exhibit contains interviews with black pioneers and their descendents from Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho.

California Underground Railroad (Sacramento State University): This digital archive uses letters, journals, photographs, documents, newspapers and more to tell the often overlooked experiences of African-American slaves in California.

Documenting the African American Experience in Las Vegas: Includes oral histories and photographs on African Americans in Las Vegas.

In the Steps of Esteban: Tucson's African American Heritage (University of Arizona): This digital exhibit documents the history of Tucson's African American community, sharing the stories, photographs and memories of some of its members. It also brings forward some of the experiences of African Americans in the U.S. Southwest.

Roslyn Black History (Central Washington University): These images document the work and lives of African American miners in the Roslyn, WA, region.

Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project (University of Washington)
: This website provides video oral histories, photographs, documents, movement histories, and personal biographies on the civil rights movements during the twentieth century in Seattle, WA.