Note: Many of the databases and/or article links referenced in this guide require CaneID authentication through the the UM Library system unless denoted by the "open access" symbol.
Brooklyn Art Museum (BAM), Brooklyn, NY
BAM was one of the first museums in the United States to collect and exhibit the Arts of Africa.
Field Museum Chicago / Africa Collections
The Museum’s collection of material culture from the continent of Africa includes over 173,000 objects. The African collections are comprised of nearly 30,000 ethnographic and approximately 143,500 archaeological objects.
Fowler Museum at UCLA
Superb representation of the arts of many African nations, including objects from Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. The Yoruba collection contains a spectacular array of beaded objects, including a majestic throne, elaborate chiefly gowns, and sophisticated divination regalia.
High Art Museum, Atlanta, GA
High’s African art collection includes a diversity of art forms from ancient through contemporary times that represent the depth and breadth of the African diaspora.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, (MMA) NY
The Met's collection of art of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific Islands, and North, Central, and South America comprises more than eleven thousand works of art of varied materials and types, representing diverse cultural traditions from as early as 3000 B.C.E. to the present.
Museum of Fine Arts, (MFA) Boston, MA
From bronze altarpieces to palace pillars to historic men’s masks, the growing MFA collection of African and Pacific art includes masterpieces from the 16th to 20th centuries.
National Gallery of Art (NGA), Washington, DC
Explore a selection of works by African American artists included in the collection of the National Gallery of Art.
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
The Newark Art Museum ranks among the nation's earliest and most comprehensive collections representing the breadth, diversity and vitality of artistic creativity throughout the continent of Africa. Its holdings comprise nearly 4,000 objects of ritual, ceremonial and daily use, as well as popular urban and fine arts.
The following guides originate from the University of Miami Libraries Architecture Research Center (ARC) on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami. This location is the homeland of the Tequesta, Seminole and Miccosukee peoples.
This acknowledgment is one of the ways in which we work to educate ourselves about this land, its history, and our relationships with the land and each other.
Ashe (from Yoruba àṣẹ) The vital force, energy, mystical power and potential which is present in all life in different amounts and varying manifestations.
Ibeji with beaded gown.Nigeria.Yoruba peoples
Wood, cloth, glass beads, thread, camwood powder
Fowler Museum at UCLA.
Africa (Smart History)
Beginner's guide to historical overviews, peoples and cultures, aesthetics, religion and rituals, and more.
Amistad Research Center
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Collecting, preserving, and providing open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America's ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights.
The Black Archives Miami, FL
History and Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc. Collecting and Preserving the history and culture of black people in Miami Dade County from 1896 to the present.
Black Past, Seattle, WA
BlackPast is the single largest free and unrestricted resource on African American and African history on the Internet today dedicated to providing a global audience with reliable and accurate information on the history of African America and of people of African ancestry around the world.
The Fowler Museum UCLA
The Fowler Museum at UCLA explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Indigenous Americas—past and present.
The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, NY
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, a research division of New York Public Library, is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.