The library has recently acquired a significant historical resource for understanding the development of the African American church in the twentieth century in one important microfilm collection called African American Religious Serials, 1850-1950. Broad in regional and denominational scope, this collection comprises late–nineteenth- and early–twentieth–century African American religious periodicals, denominational and regional annuals, and reports from social service agencies serving African Americans.
One of the most significant publications included in this collection is the AME Zion Quarterly, a publication of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the second most prominent national African American church to emerge in the nineteenth century.
The collection also includes titles from a variety of religious traditions, including Baptist, Roman Catholic, Methodist, and Seventh Day Adventist.
The collection also features reports from African American social service agencies, which began in the late nineteenth century to address the social and health problems of African Americans. Publications included come from agencies that served the aged, infirm, handicapped, orphaned, indigent, and mentally ill.
You can find a list of over 200 titles in this collection by doing a series search in the HOLLIS Catalog for "African American religious serials, 1850-1950."
The American Theological Library Association assembled this collection with serials from more than 50 libraries and preserved the material on microfilm through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.