African-American Voices:

Untold Stories of Kern County

This on-going project seeks to document the history of the Black community in Kern County through oral history, digital history, and an archival artifact collection program. Information collected will be featured here on the Historical Research Center (HRC) website and will serve as a clearing house of information for researchers. Examples of items that we are looking for include photographs, various documents (such as birth, marriage, death certificates or other documents affiliated with your family history), newspaper clippings, yearbooks, and scrap books. We are also looking to document the history of the various church organizations in the community. Items submitted for consideration will be, with permission, digitized and stored in the Walter Stiern Library’s digital library.

For more information contact Chris Livingston at

Featured Collections


Oral History
Photograph Collections

Community Archiving Projects