Finding Black History: Umbra Search and Google Arts and Culture

Umbra, a search tool from the University of Minnesota, gets its name from the Umbra Society of the early 1960s, a group of Black writers and poets who helped create the Black Arts Movement. This Umbra Search image features Chester Himes’ novel The Big Gold Dream (1960).

Over the past 28 days, libraries and archives from the New York Public Library to the Digital Library of Georgia have showcased African American history collections in celebration of Black History Month.

We have identified several sites that will help you find these institutions and collections.

  • Finally, other websites, although more limited temporally, provide a deep dive into important periods of African American history. Georgia’s Civil Rights Digital Library, for instance, brings together documents, images, and video on the Civil Rights Movement from over 100 libraries and archives.

As you continue researching African American history and culture over the next 11 months, try them out and remember to get help at the Robert W. Woodruff Library!

Posted by Erica Bruchko