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The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community. Established on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, we are the Founders of Black History Month and carry forth the work of our founder, the Father of Black History. This website is an excellent place to locate past, present, and future National Black History themes.
With well over one million items hosted at MdHS, this database contains merely a fraction of what can be found in the combined collections. Information contained in the records of the Collections Online Database is subject to change as a result of ongoing research.
Special Collections and University Archives collect a variety of items to support the study of the state of Maryland. Whether interested in historical research or the current state of the state, you can find a multitude of resources to support your needs.
As part of the New York Public Library, the center is one of the leading institutions in collecting, preserving, and making accessible, materials documenting black life and promoting the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent.