Multnomah County Library's Black Resources Collection offers more than 7,000 items — books, film, periodicals, music and more — relating to the African American experience, as well as works created by African Americans and other people of African descent.
Most works in the Black Resources Collection are housed at North Portland Library, but some are located in other neighborhood libraries. Search "Black Resources Collection" to find all items in the library catalog.
Fisk University Collection
One of the special features is the Fisk University Collection, which contains reprints from the Fisk University Library Negro Collection. Available nowhere else in Oregon, these reprints are significant historical works written by and about African Americans between 1800 and 1930. Michael Powell of Powell's Books donated this 385-volume collection to the Black Resources Collection.
While most items in the Black Resources Collection may be checked out, some reference materials, such as the Fisk University Collection, must be used in the library.
Related reading lists:
A selection of beginning nonfiction for early elementary ages with an African American focus.
Books for grade-schoolers with African-American protagonists or main characters - from Multnomah County Library Books 2 U staff.
School Corps creates lists of Multnomah County Library materials for Multnomah County educators.
Series and books for early elementary readers that feature African American main characters.
A selection of picture books for elementary ages with African American characters.
A selection of nonfiction books for 3rd-5th grade readers with an African American focus.
Great fiction by contemporary African voices