Africana and Black Studies

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Call Numbers for African and Black Studies

Books dealing with African and Black Studies can be found in many places in the library's main collection. The list of call numbers below are some of the more concentrated areas of the collection.

DT: African history and general cultures

E 184 - E 185: African American history

HT 601 - HT 1595: Class, race, slavery (general)

PL 8000 - 9000: African literature written or translated from an African language

PR 9205 - 9339: Caribbean and Diaspora literature, not the United States

PR 9340 - 9410: Literature by authors of African heritage written in English

PS: American literature, including African American authors

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