Books at WKU Libraries are classified by the Library of Congress Call Number system, which seeks to organize materials and physically bring together works that are of a similar topic. Whether a book is in the Helm Library Reference collection or in the stacks at Cravens library, they will be organized under these broad call numbers. Some examples include:
E184.5 - E185.2: African American History
E185.2 - E185.89: African American History after Emancipation
E185.96-185.98: African American Biography & genealogy
E441-453: Slavery in the United States and Antislavery movements
F206-295: The South. South Atlantic States (VA - starting at F221, WV - F236, NC - F251, SC - F266, GA - F281)
F296-301: Gulf States. (FL - starting at F306, AL - F321, MS - F336, LA - F366, TX - F381)
F396-475: Old Southwest. Lower Mississippi Valley including (AR - F406, TN - F431, **Kentucky - F446-460, MO - F461)
F476-485: Old Northwest. Northwest Territory (includes Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois).
HN 1-995: Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform.
HQ1101-2030.7: Women. Feminism.
Below are a few examples of suggested subject headings to use to find resources. You can either search in the catalog with "in subject" in advanced search, or browse by subject keywords under browse search. Many subject headings can be narrowed down by location and time period.
The Colored Conventions Project is a digital humanities project team based at the University of Delaware that "'brings buried African American history to digital life' and attends to social justice activism in scholarship and research by offering an opportunity for deep engagement with 19th-century Black political organizing." The digital collection organizes conventions by year and location, and includes transcribed minutes. It also offers exhibits such as maps, information tables, The First National Convention, etc., as well as teaching resources, links to other research guides, bibliographies, and more.