Guide to African American Resources in the State Library and Archives of Florida

State Library of Florida Selected Bibliography

The bibliography listed below includes books on Black history and culture that are available at the State Library of Florida. In addition to the resources listed here, scholarly journals, subject-based periodicals, doctoral dissertations and masters’ theses, and genealogy holdings are available through the electronic databases on the computers in the reference room.

This is a select bibliography and is not meant to be comprehensive.

Berlin, I. and Rowland, L. S., Editors. Families and Freedom: A Documentary History of African-American Kinship in the Civil War Era. New York, NY: New Press, 1997.

Blockson, Charles. Black Genealogy. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1977.

Brady, Rowena Ferrell. Things Remembered: An Album of African Americans in Tampa. Tampa, FL: University of Tampa Press, 1997.

Brazzel, John M. A Distributional Analysis of Trends in Energy Expenditures by Black Households. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, Assistant Administrator for Applied Analysis, 1979.

Brown, Canter. Genealogical Records of the African American Pioneers of Tampa and Hillsborough County. Tampa, FL: Tampa Bay History Center, 2000.

Brown, Canter. For a Great and Grand Purpose: The Beginnings of the AMEZ Church in Florida, 1864-1905. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2004.

Bullard, Lacy. His Name: George Proctor; His Job: Building Houses. Tallahassee Democrat, December 12, 1965.

Byers, Paula K. African American Genealogical Sourcebook. New York, NY: Gale Research, 1995.

Cannonball, All That Jazz Before SRO Crowd at A&M. Tallahassee Democrat, February 3, 1969.

Cotton, Barbara R. The Lamplighters, Black Farm and Home Demonstration Agents in Florida: 1915-1965. Tallahassee, FL: U.S. Department of Agriculture in Cooperation with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1982.

Due, Tananarive Priscilla. Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights. Tampa, FL: University of Tampa Press, 1997.

Fortune, Timothy Thomas. After War Times: An African American Childhood in Reconstruction-Era Florida. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2014.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. In Search of Our Roots : How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past. New York, NY: Crown Publishers, 2009.

Goodridge, LaVerne Gordon. The Gordons of Tallahassee. Raleigh, NC: Sarah Gordon Weathersby, 2008.

Green, Ben. Before His Time: The Untold Story of Harry T. Moore, America’s First Civil Rights Martyr. New York, NY: Free Press, 1999.

Grundset, Eric. Forgotten Patriots: African American and American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War: A Guide to Service, Sources and Studies. Washington, D.C.: Daughters of the American Revolution, 2008.

Hall, Clyde W. An African-American Growing Up on the West Side of Winter Park, Florida: 1925-1942. Savannah, GA: Savannah State University Document Center, 2005.

Ham, Debra Newman. List of Free Black Heads of Families in the First Census of the United States, 1790. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, General Service Administration, 1973.

Jackson, David H. Go Sound the Trumpet!: Selections in Florida’s African American History. Tampa, FL: University of Tampa Press, 2005.

Jamison, Sandra Lee. Finding Your People: An African-American Guide to Discovering Your Roots. New York, NY: Perigee Books, 1999.

John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History & Culture. Blended Lives: An American Family’s Journey from Bondage to Triumph. Tallahassee, FL: John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History & Culture, 2003.

Jones, Maxine D. “‘Without Compromise or Fear:’ Florida's African American Female Activists.” The Florida Historical Quarterly 4 (1999): 475-502.

The Last of the Proctors. Tallahassee Democrat, January 23, 1966.

Lawson, Jacqueline A. An Index of African Americans Identified in Selected Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1995.

Long, Nancy Ann Zrinyi. Mary McLeod Bethune: Her Life and Legacy. Cocoa, FL: Florida Historical Society Press, 2019.

McLeod, Yanela G. The Miami Times and the Fight for Equality: Race, Sport, and the Black Press, 1948-1958. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.

National Archives and Records Administration. Black Family Research: Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010.

National Urban League. A Selected Annotated Bibliography on Black Families. Washington, D.C.: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Office of [Human Development Services], Children’s Bureau, National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. 1978-

Neyland, Leedell W. Twelve Black Floridians. Tallahassee, FL: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Foundation, 1970.

One Church, One Child of Florida. Annual Report to the Legislature. Tallahassee, FL: One Church, One Child of Florida, 1991-. Access this resource online.

Opie, Frederick Douglass. Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies, and Simple Pleasures. Charleston, SC: American Palate, 2015.

Ortiz, Paul. Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election of 1920. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Owens, Vivian W. The Mount Dorans: African American History Notes of a Florida Town. Waynesboro, VA: Eschar Publications, 2000.

Reed, Robert D. How and Where to Research Your Ethnic-American Cultural Heritage: Black Americans. Saratoga, CA: Reed, 1979.

Reid, D. A., and Bennett, E. P., Editors. Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families Since Reconstruction. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing, 2008.

Representative Collins (MI). “Nurturing the African-American Family: A Congressional Response.” Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the ...Congress 140, Issue 40 (April 14, 1994). Access this resource online.

Rivers, Larry E. Slavery in Florida: Territorial Days to Emancipation. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2000.

Rivers, Larry E. Rebels and Runaways: Slave Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Florida. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2012.

Rose, James M. Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2003.

Smith, Franklin Carter and Croom, Emily Anne. A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing, 2008.

Streets, David H. Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide With Case Studies. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1986.

Strong, Audra. He’s Playing a Slightly Different Tune, Yet the Legacy Lives in Young Adderley. Tallahassee Democrat, April 7, 1987.

Twyman, Bruce Edward. The Black Seminole Legacy and North American Politics, 1693-1845. Washington, D.C.: Howard University Press, 1999.

United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Education Division. Records of the Education Division of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1871.

United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Budget. Task Force on Entitlements, Uncontrollables, and Indexing. Women and Children in Poverty: Hearing Before the Task Force on Entitlements, Uncontrollables, and Indexing of the Committee on the Budget, House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session, October 27, 1983. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1984.

United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. Barriers and Opportunities for America's Young Black Men: Hearing Before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, First Session, Hearing Held in Washington, D.C., July 25, 1989. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989.

United States. Congress. House. Select Committee on Hunger. Poverty and Hunger in the Black Family: Hearing Before the Select Committee on Hunger, House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session, Hearing Held in Washington, D.C., September 26, 1985. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1986.

Valk, Anne M. Living With Jim Crow: African American Women and Memories of the Segregated South. New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan, 2010.

Walker, James D. Black Genealogy: How to Begin. Athens, GA: University of Georgia, Center for Continuing Education, 1977.

Warner, Lee H. Free Men in an Age of Servitude: Three Generations of a Black Family. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1992.

White, Derrick E. Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2019.

White, James. Roots Recovered!: The How To Guide For Tracing African-American and West Indian Roots Back to Africa and Going There for Free or on a Shoestring Budget. United States: James E. White, 2004.