The Kislak Center is notable for its collections of material related to African Americans in music and culture, including the Marion Anderson Collection, James DuPriest papers, and records of the Painted Bride Arts Center. Kislak is developing its collection of Africana resources through purchases of underground newspapers, a run of The Black Panther, and antebellum slavery records. Penn's University Archives house material relating to the African American experience at Penn, including the Raymond Pace Alexander and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander papers.
The principal repository of material in the Philadelphia area concerning African Americans is the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American collection, a component of the Temple University libraries. This collection of over 30,000 items contains "materials on the global black experience in all formats: books, manuscripts, sheet music, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, broadsides, posters, photographs, and rare ephemera. In addition, the collection houses selected artifacts." The Library Company of Philadelphia has extensive holdings in African Americana materials from the 19th century and earlier. Material relating to Africana Studies is available in special collections throughout the Delaware Valley, listed here.