Photo Title: Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King at Howard University.  Date: ~1940-1950.  Photographers:  Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.). Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Welcome to the African American Highlights section of the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System. Explore a selection of resources relating to African Americans from archival, library and specialized research collections across the Smithsonian.

These collections contain an assortment of resources pertaining to African American history and culture. To explore these resources, use the buttons at left to select a topic or the buttons at right to view selected highlights from each repository.

Each of the following Smithsonian repositories maintains a wide variety of collections including books, manuscripts, photographs, and specialized bibliographies.

Click on the repositories below to view a sample of the holdings described in SIRIS that relate to African American topics.