African American newspapers and journals are a rich source of information about daily life and culture in Black communities, especially for the period before the Internet and other forms of mass media provided local and national news coverage.
Oral histories record the memories and insights of individuals talking about ther lives, often in a very informal manner. By perusing the scope of an oral history archive that transverses many members of a single group, ethnic or otherwise, one can gain insight to the role of events and traditions in the lived experiences of members of the group.
One such archive available to members of the Penn community is The HistoryMakers archive of nearly 3000 interviews of African Americans including 96 in which people discuss Juneteenth in their own lives.
This document from the Libraries' government document collection provides a brief overview of Juneteenth along with links to Congressional and Presidential speeches, historical documents, and futher information
The Penn Libraries hold collections that are uniquely valuable because of their rarity or distinctive representation of an event, time, or group. Notable among these for their coverage of Juneteenth and African American culture more generally are the Joanna Banks Collection and the Libraries' culinary collections. These items can only be used in the Reading Room on the sixth floor of Van Pelt Library.