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Primary Sources databases

As well as the rare books and archives held by UCL Special Collections, the Library also subscribes to numerous databases of primary sources (digitised archival material). A primary source is a first-hand expression or evidence of an event or experience. This evidence can be in the form of the written word, images, artefacts, film or sound recordings, and will have been created at some point during the lifetime of the person involved. Using primary sources in your research adds context and credibility to your argument.

See a full list of over 200 primary source databases, many of which will have content of relevance to Black Studies, or see our list of key primary source databases in Black Studies.

Black presses in the UCL Small Press Collections


The UCL Special Collections Small Press Collections, consisting of Poetry Store, Little Magazines and Alternative Presses, contain numerous mid-twentieth century publications by Black presses, and include poetry and artwork by Black writers and artists as well as magazines produced by activist groups from the 1960s onwards. The collection includes many publications originating from Africa and the Caribbean. The following is a selection.

To search Explore for material in the Small Press Collections, use the term 'smallpress' combined with your chosen keyword(s) and filter to show only those items in Special Collections.

Little Magazines and Alternative Presses: