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The African American Mosaic

This exhibit marks the publication of The African-American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study

of Black History and Culture. A noteworthy and singular publication, the Mosaic is the first Library-wide resource guide to

the institution's African- American collections. Covering the nearly 500 years of the black experience in the Western

hemisphere, the Mosaic surveys the full range size, and variety of the Library's collections, including books, periodicals, prints,

photographs, music, film, and recorded sound. Moreover, the African-American Mosaic represents the start of a new kind of

access to the Library's African-American collections, and, the Library trusts, the beginning of reinvigorated research and

programming drawing on these, now systematically identified, collections.

This exhibit is but a sampler of the kinds of materials and themes covered by the publication and the Library's collections. Many

of the exhibit items are featured in the Mosaic. Other exhibit materials, not specifically described in the publication, are also

included to illustrate that the Mosaic is an effective guide to the Library's rich collections, not an exhaustive inventory.

The exhibit covers only four areas --Colonization, Abolition, Migrations, and the WPA-- of the many covered by the Mosaic.

These topics were selected not only because they illustrate well the depth, breadth, and richness of the Library's black history

collections, but also because of the significant and interesting interplay among them. For example, the "back-to-Africa"

movement represented by the American Colonization Society is vigorously opposed by abolitionists,



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