by Angela McMillian, Digital Reference Specialist
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain
a wide variety of material related to Rosa Parks, including
photographs and documents. This guide compiles links to Rosa
Parks resources throughout the Library of Congress Web pages.
In addition, this guide provides links to external Web sites
focusing on Rosa Parks and a bibliography containing selections
for both general and younger readers.
Library of Congress Web Site | External
Web Sites | Selected Bibliography
Rosa Parks Papers, 1866-2006
The collection documents many aspects of Parks's private life and public activism on behalf of civil rights for African Americans. The articles and essays section includes:
Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship
This exhibition showcases the incomparable African American
collections of the Library of Congress. Rosa Parks's role
in the Montgomery
Bus Boycott is mentioned in the Civil
Parks was arrested for Civil Disobedience December 1, 1955
(Personal voices from the Library of Congress: compelling stories & fascinating facts.)
In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress
Inside the Rosa Parks Collection
Library of Congress
Looking Back on the Bus Boycott
Pics of the Week: Auntie Rosa Remembered
Pics of the Week: Honoring Rosa Parks
A Sense of Purpose: Organizing the Rosa Parks Collection
Teaching with the Library of Congress
Happy Birthday to Rosa Parks!
The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom
This exhibition, which commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, explores the events that shaped the civil rights movement, as well as the far-reaching impact the act had on a changing society.
an Even Hand”: Brown v. Board at Fifty
This exhibition includes a photograph of Rosa
Parks being fingerprinted as well images of her arrest
Manuscript Division Finding Aids Online
Access the finding aid for the papers of Rosa Parks in the Library of Congress Manuscript Division.
"Family of Rosa Parks to Discuss Her Legacy"
May 12, 2015
"Rosa Parks Collection Opens to Researchers Feb. 4"
"Co-Founder of Rosa & Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development To Share Recollections of Civil Rights Icon"
February 3, 2015
January 9, 2015
"Rosa Parks’ Papers to Reside at Library of Congress"
September 9, 2014
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading Parks, Rosa,--1913-2005 to find digital images related to Parks.
Features and Activities
Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African-American
This interactive activity introduces African-American
history through primary sources, including an image of
Rosa Parks seated on the bus.`
This feature presentation introduces teachers and students
to the topic of Immigration. Rosa Parks is mentioned in
Revolution section of the presentation.
Students identify problems and issues facing African
Americans immediately after Reconstruction using text-based
Segregation: From Jim Crow to Linda Brown
Students explore the era of legalized segregation. This
lesson provides a foundation for a more meaningful understanding
of the modern Civil Rights Movement.
Rosa Parks: A Primary Source Gallery
This gallery showcases a selection of items from the Rosa Parks Collection at the Library of Congress, which is on loan to the Library for 10 years from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. This collection contains thousands of items that document the life, work, and legacy of this civil-rights legend.
Explore the fight for voting rights as well as the racial history of the United States in sports and schools. Study maps, baseball cards and political cartoons as well as pamphlets, legal documents, poetry, music, and the personal correspondence and oral histories of the famous and the ordinary.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., twentieth-century
America's most compelling and effective civil rights leader,
was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rosa Parks arrested for disobeying an Alabama law requiring
blacks to relinquish bus seats to whites.
Civil Rights demonstrators begin a march from Selma to
Montgomery, Alabama, on a date now known as "Bloody
Web Guides produced by the Digital Reference Section
of the Library of Congress
American Sites in the Digital Collections
This guide highlights contributions by African Americans
to the arts, education, industry, literature, politics
and much more as represented in the vast online collections
of the Library. Rosa Parks is included in the Post
War United States section.
Rights Resource Guide
This guide compiles links to civil rights resources throughout
the Library of Congress Web site and beyond.
Rosa Parks: Beyond the Bus
Three associates of Rosa Parks give first-hand accounts of Mrs. Parks' life and legacy after her historical arrest.
Rosa Parks Collection: Telling Her Story at the Library of Congress
Highlights of the collection of Rosa Parks, a seminal figure of the Civil Rights Movement, on loan to the Library from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation for 10 years.
The portal includes an article about Rosa Parks entitled
Sat Down for What She Believed."
of Achievement: Rosa Parks
The Academy of Achievement site contains a profile,
biography, interview, and photo gallery for Rosa Parks.
Ford Museum: Rosa Parks Bus
This site includes information about Rosa Parks and
the story behind the bus in which she made history.
Public Radio: Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks Dies
The National Public Radio (NPR) site contains a featured
story about the death of Rosa Parks. The story includes
links to interviews relating to Rosa Parks.
Women's Hall of Fame: Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks was inducted into the National Women's Hall
of Fame in 1993.
The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development
The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development was co-founded in February 1987 by Mrs. Rosa Parks and Ms. Elaine Eason Steele, in honor of Raymond Parks (1903 – 1977). It is the living legacy of two individuals who committed their lives to civil and human rights. The site includes a biography, photo gallery, and timeline.
With Documents: An Act of Courage, The Arrest Records of
Rosa Parks, from the National Archives and Records Administration
The site includes lesson resources pertaining to the
arrest of Rosa Parks.
University: Rosa Parks Library and Museum
The site includes information about the life of Rosa
Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library
Access the finding aid for the Rosa L. Parks Papers, 1955-1976 in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs.
Brinkley, Douglas. Rosa Parks. New York: Viking,
Haskins, Jim and Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks: My Story.
New York: Dial Books, 1992. [Catalog
Parks, Rosa and Gregory Reed. Quiet Strength: The Faith,
the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation.
Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994. [Catalog
Siegel, Beatrice. The Year They Walked: Rosa Parks
and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. New York: Four Winds
Press; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell
Macmillan International, 1992. [Catalog
Baker, Courtney. Let’s Read About--Rosa Parks.
New York: Scholastic/Cartwheel Books, 2004. [Catalog
Banting, Erinn. Rosa Parks. New York: Weigl Publishers,
Dubowski, Cathy E. Rosa Parks: Don’t Give In!
New York: Bearport Publishing, 2006. [Catalog
Edwards, Pamela D. The Bus Ride That Changed History:
The Story of Rosa Parks. Boston: Houghton Mifflin,
Hull, Mary. Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Leader. Philadelphia:
Chelsea House Publishers, 2005. [Catalog
Morris, Roz. Rosa Parks: Mother of the Civil Rights
Movement. Birmingham, AL: Seacoast Publishing., 2003.
Parks, Rosa and Gregory J. Reed. Dear Mrs. Parks:
A Dialogue with Today’s Youth. New York: Lee
& Low Books, 1996. [Catalog
Schraff, Anne. Rosa Parks: "Tired of Giving In".
Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2005. [Catalog
Shores, Erika L. Rosa Parks: Civil Rights Pioneer.
Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 2005. [Catalog
Steele, Philip. Rosa Parks and Her Protest for Civil
Rights. North Mankato, MN: Smart Apple Media, 2003.