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Civil Rights Movement



What's in ?

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center (5th floor of Mugar, South elevator) contains papers of major figures: manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio, and other material, available on-site upon  written request

Subject guides describing collections that may be of interest include:

What can I find on this topic?


-- Academic Video Online
-- Krasker Film 
-- Music Library

A Lonely Rage
Location: Mugar Stacks E185.97.S4 A33 1977

Historical Newspapers
Chicago Defender
also New York Times, etc.

...and  Peer-reviewed articles



Beginning Research at BU

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  • Sign In after your first search. This allows you to keep a record of your search strategies and results using My Favorites - simply click the mark image by each record you want to save (saved items = pinned item)
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  • BULS does not search most newspapers (such as the New York Times); BUT we have other databases that cover newspapers and more.
  • To refine searches use quote marks to retrieve phrases ("gettysburg address") or consider looking for keywords only in the title (as opposed to looking in the full record.)
  • Need articles in "peer-reviewed journals"? No problem!  
  • The databases listed here cover the highest-quality scholarly journals in the field; you will not have to filter out thousands of lesser quality items.
  • BU Library Search focuses on material we own, while these databases identify articles in journals we may not own – but material you can easily obtain (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan.

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By default, BULS search results include books and articles that are available at BU. You can expand your research to items we may not own by choosing  "WorldCat" (to locate books to request) or "More articles..." from the dropdown menu.

At the item record level you'll be prompted to  and click through to request using our Interlibrary Loan Services. The first time you use the service you'll need to register. If an item is locally available, turnaround time is approximately three working days. (This is a free service to BU students, so use it early and often!)

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Search terms   Key figures/groups
civil rights
Brown v. Board of Education 
​race inequality
jim crow
separate but equal
Selma march
Scotsboro boys

Nineteen sixties

Civil rights movements--United States--20th century

United States--social conditions--1960-1980


  Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lyndon Johnson
Malcolm X
Black Panthers
Eldridge Cleaver
Thurgood Marshall
George Wallace

NOTE: If looking for letters or primary sources, combine your search term with 'sources' or 'letters'


BU's Krasker Library has films and videos available for viewing on site?
BULSearch and limit to Resource Type  "Audio Visual".
We also subscribe to selected content from the streaming video service 
Kanopy - Here's a sample (you'll be prompted to Sign In


BU LIbraries

LA Times

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