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The African American Museum and Library at
Oakland (AAMLO) is a museum and non-circulating library dedicated to preserving the history and
experiences of African Americans in Northern California and the Bay Area.
It contains an extensive archival collection of such artifacts as
diaries, correspondence, photos, and periodicals. It is currently
located in the Charles A. Greene building in Oakland, which served as
the Oakland Main Library from 1902
The AAMLO began as a private collection in 1946, and in 1964
became the East Bay Negro Historical Society, Inc. It later changed
its name to the Northern California Center for Afro-American
History & Life, before being incorporated into the city of
Oakland in 1994 under its current name, the African American Museum
and Library at Oakland.
Among the more than 160 collections in the library are archives
relating to Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, the Black Panthers,
Africa, and genealogy. Materials include photographs, manuscripts,
letters, diaries, newspapers, recorded oral histories, videos, and
microfilms. AAMLO’s two galleries host changing exhibitions of art,
history, and culture.
AAMLO began as a private collection in 1946. Initially housed in
a small shop front on Grove Street (now Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Boulevard), the collection grew quickly and, in 1960, moved into
the Oakland Public Library’s Golden Gate Branch. It officially
became AAMLO, a public/ private partnership, in 1994. AAMLO moved
into its current location in 2002.