Featured Titles on Display: African American History

by Alec Head, Reference Librarian

In honor of Black History Month, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is featuring materials related to African American history. These materials range from historical accounts to genealogical guides and can be useful to researchers exploring the history of their own family or African American history as a whole.

Resources described in our guide, “African American Genealogy at the Texas State Library and Archives” may be helpful when researching family histories. The guide includes a mixture of resources available on-site and those digitized and available online and serves as a great starting point for a genealogical research adventure. We additionally have a variety of guidebooks for genealogy on display in our Reference Reading Room, with more information listed below.

Nell Plants a Tree, by Anne Wynter, 2023. TSLAC- Main 813.6 W993n.

This year, TSLAC’s Center for the Book named Nell Plants a Tree as their Texas Great Read Youth Selection. Exploring themes of family across generations through the lens of a pecan tree growing alongside Nell’s family, this beautifully illustrated book is perfect for introducing younger readers to genealogy. For those who wish to plant a genealogical seed of their own, this flier includes online resources that can be paired with the book to further familial research for all ages.

The collections at TSLAC hold a wide variety of materials highlighting and describing African American history and experiences in both Texas and the greater United States. Some of these materials are currently on display in the Reference Reading Room. Other items, listed below, are available at the Texas State Library or remotely via E-Books. More information about our location and hours can be found on our “Visit Us” webpage. For more information about access to the titles on display, please contact TSLAC reference services at ref@tsl.texas.gov or call 512-463-5455.



Call Number


Black man in the huddle : stories from the integration of Texas football

Jacobus, Robert



Black Texans : a history of African Americans in Texas, 1528-1995

Barr, Alwyn

301.45196 B27 1996


Brave Black women : from slavery to the space shuttle

Winegarten, Ruthe

305.48 W725


Black Texas women : 150 years of trial and triumph

Winegarten, Ruthe

305.48 W725B


Black Texas women : a sourcebook : documents, biographies, timeline

Winegarten, Ruthe

305.48 W725BS


I was born in slavery : personal accounts of slavery in Texas

Waters, Andrew

305.567 I19


The Garden of Eden : the story of a freedmen’s community in Texas

Sanders, Drew

305.896 SA564g

Main, E-Book

Opal Lee and what it means to be free : the true story of the grandmother of Juneteenth

Duncan, Alice Faye

323.092 D912o


The shootout at Cedar Creek, June 1889 : Ike Wilson and the legacy of Black Texas lawmen

Nesby, Donald R.

363.2 N367s


Private Black colleges in Texas, 1865-1954

Heintze, Michael R.

378.764 H365P

Main, E-Book

Juneteenth : the story behind the celebration

Cotham, Edward T.

394.263 C826j


Nell Plants a Tree

Wynter, Anne

813.6 W993n


Austin’s Rosewood neighborhood

Rivera, Jane H.

976.431 R524au


A student’s guide to African American genealogy

Johnson, Anne E.

929.1 J630st


Black roots : a beginners guide to tracing the African American family tree

Burroughs, Tony

973 B945b


Black genealogy : basic steps to research

Linder, Billy Royce

973 L643B


Black family research : records of post-Civil War federal agencies at the National Archives

United States. National Archives and Records Administration.

AE 1.124:108/2010

US Documents

We can, we will! : the story of the Buffalo Soldiers : the first African Americans to serve in the regular Army

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

P400.8 W369 2020

TX Documents

Black Dixie: Afro-Texan history and culture in Houston

Beeth, Howard

Z TA475.8 B393B

TX Documents

A history of Fort Worth in black & white : 165 years of African-American life

Selcer, Richard F.

Z N745.8 SE48hi

TX Documents

Black women in Texas history

Glasrud, Bruce A.

Z TA475.8 B561WO

TX Documents

The Ground on Which I Stand : Tamina, a Freedmen’s Town

Corn, Marti

Z TA475.8 C814gr

TX Documents, E-Book

Racial borders : Black soldiers along the Rio Grande

Leiker, James N.

Z TA475.8 L533ra

TX Documents, E-Book

Black cowboys of Texas

Massey, Sara R.

Z TA475.8 M385B

TX Documents

Fair ways : how six black golfers won civil rights in Beaumont, Texas

Robertson, Robert J.

Z TA475.8 R548FA

TX Documents, E-Book

St. Philip’s College : a Point of Pride on San Antonio’s Eastside

Thurston, Marie Pannell

Z TA475.8 T427st

TX Documents, E-Book

The African American experience in Texas : an anthology

Glasrud, Bruce A.

Z TT422.8 AF83AM

TX Documents

Playing in shadows : Texas and Negro league baseball

Fink, Robert

Z TT422.8 F495PL

TX Documents

And grace will lead me home : African American freedmen communities of Austin, Texas, 1865-1928

Mears, Michelle M.

Z TT422.8 M463AN

TX Documents

Acting up & getting down : plays by African American Texans

Mayo, Sandra Marie

Z UA380.8 AC84up

TX Documents, E-Book

Barbara Jordan : speaking the truth with eloquent thunder

Jordan, Barbara

Z UA380.8 J761BA

TX Documents, E-Book

Stages of struggle and celebration : a production history of Black theatre in Texas

Mayo, Sandra Marie

Z UA380.8 M454st

TX Documents, E-Book

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