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The HistoryMakers Digital Archive

The HistoryMakers Digital Archive is an easy-to-use online database of thousands of African American interviews from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. This resource provides high-quality video content, fully searchable transcripts, and unique content from individuals whose life stories would have been lost were it not for the HistoryMakers.

  • Features videotaped first person testimony of both well-known and unsung African Americans recorded in 180 cities and towns across the United States
  • Over 9,000 hours (2,800 interviews) of unique content, the interviews in The HistoryMakers Digital Archive range from 90 minutes to 15 hours in length, and are housed permanently at the Library of Congress
  • Fifteen distinct categories: Art, Business, Civics, Education, Entertainment, Law, Media, Medicine, Military, Music, Politics, Religion, STEM, Sports, and Style (Fashion & Beauty)

HistoryMakers Digital Archive is free and easy to access with your library card and PIN.