Research Projects & Exhibitions
The first project Disfranchisemant and African American Resistance
in Charlottesville, 1900-1925, deals with THE RIGHT TO VOTE campaign
for African-Americans or 'suffrage'. This is a privilege that is often
taken for granted by white citizens. However, for African Americans living
in the Jim Crow South, obtaining and maintaining this right proved to
be a long and hard battle. In 1867, the state of Virginia guaranteed African-American
suffrage, but a number of white politicians spent the next sixty years
trying to disfranchise and eliminate African-American political involvement.
Charlottesville is used as a case study here.
This project was developed in an advanced African-American Studies
research seminar (AAS405) under the supervision of Joshua Rothman (see
The Proffit Historic District Online Resource Archive is designed to provide
easy access to a variety of research tools for teachers, researchers,
and community members interested in learning about the town of Proffit
and its history. The Resource Archive was created by the Carter G. Woodson
Institute for Afro-American and African Studies.
Since 1917 the J.F. Bell Funeral Home has served the community of central Virginia. When members of the community and of local families want to learn about people and places of the community's past, the Bell family helps them. In the summer of 2001, the Bell family decided to collaborate with the local African-American Genealogy Group to make it easier to provide information about earlier generations. As part of the effort records of the people buried by the Bell Funeral Home before 1970 were located, reorganized, and the burial information compiled into an electronic database.
This is list of some of the major archival locations
for materials on life in Albemarle County during the Jim Crow era. After
some basic information on each archive is a description of the major source
materials available. Most descriptions are accompanied by an exemplary
image of the source being discussed. Unless otherwise noted, sources cited
are available for at least the first thirty years of the twentieth century.
This guide is intended to facilitate further research by helping students
of the period know what they might expect to find. But the sources described
are not exhaustive of the materials in each archive. Part of the excitement
of historical research lies in turning up the unanticipated, and researchers
are encouraged to find materials not discussed here.
This essay was originally written in May 1998 as an effort
to describe a semester-long exploration of source materials available
on African-American life in Charlottesville and Albemarle County in the
early twentieth century. Obviously, it does not discuss every available
source, but it is intended to suggest the kinds of information that can
be drawn from the particular sources discussed, to provide some very preliminary
suggestions about what that information tells us, and to suggest directions
for a more substantive essay.
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