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Search by HistoryMaker
The Maker Directory allows for easy access to biographical information and the full interviews of all 2,691 HistoryMakers (as of January 2020). Limit your search by job type, maker category, birthplace, and more.
Narrowing the search
Search for subtopics of larger biographical themes, such as Personal Values: ethics, work ethic, self-reliance/independence, the value of education, activism, dedication, spirituality, philanthropy, inherited values, and responsible/engaged citizenship, and more.
About The HistoryMakers
The only methodic and wide-scale attempt to capture the testimonies of African Americans occurred in the 1930s with the recording of former slaves as an undertaking of the Works Projects Administration (WPA). From 1936 to 1938, teams of writers and researchers were sent throughout the South resulting in approximately 2,300 hand-recorded interviews and some audio taped interviews.
The HistoryMakers is the next methodic and wide-scale collection effort since the WPA Slave Narratives Project. Our goal is to complete 5,000 interviews of both well-known and unsung African American HistoryMakers. While African Americans have made significant contributions to American life, society and culture, the world is still largely unaware of these contributions (text and image from The HistoryMakers' website, www.thehistorymakers.org).
How is the information organized?
HistoryMakers is organized by HistoryMaker (or interview subject). On the individual HistoryMaker pages, the full interviews are gathered in sequential order. However, each interview is also broken up into individual stories in a few minutes long clips. You can search the database for full stories or for stories on particular topics.
Each story is accompanied by a synchronized text transcript, making the story searchable.
Create a Playlist
Using a the + icon, you can add individual sections of stories to a playlist that you then can name and share with a shareable link.
Only people with access to AAMU's library databases will be able to view your playlist. To make it available off-campus, add the following URL code before the code you create on The HistoryMakers:
Search for Biographies
If you are looking for more biographical information about a particular HistoryMaker, visit The HistoryMakers. The parent site has different search functions not available with the video archives; it provides more biographical information of the interviewee.
Please note that HistoryMaker's may not have a video available in the video archives.