Encyclopedia Smithsonian: African American Inventors
The African American Biographical Database (AABD) brings together in one resource the biographies of thousands of African Americans, many not to be found in any other reference source. These biographical sketches have been carefully assembled from biographical dictionaries and other sources. This extraordinary collection contains extended narratives of African American activists, business people, former slaves, performing artists, educators, lawyers, physicians, writers, church leaders, homemakers, religious workers, government workers, athletes, farmers, scientists, factory workers, and more--both the famous and the everyday person. Their stories are pivotal to an understanding of the Black American experience over the last two centuries.
The National Agriculture Library (NAL) of the USDA has compiled a list of agricultural patents granted to African-Americans and spanning the years 1834-1989. The four-page list itself can be found on the NAL/USDA site, and most of the patents referenced can be viewed at the Patent & Trademark Office database at http://www.uspto.gov/patft
The Library of Congress, Science Reference Section, has developed a portal page featuring links to "Selected Internet Resources: African Americans in Science and Technology." These links connect to sites showcasing African American inventors, African Americans in the health sciences, and African American mathematicians, just to name a few of the options.
Profiles of African American scientists who have contributed to the development of chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, and medicine, both past and present.
The main site for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The office issues patents and trademarks and the site gives information on how to apply and contains various search engines which gives the user access to millions of patents and trademarks.