(standard disclaimer: these links were live in July 2012; apologies in advance if they're no longer active)

Brief Accounts/ Overviews

Digital History (online textbook)
Encyclopedia of Chicago - with maps

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Primary Sources

paintings of Jacob Lawrence - see "Over the Line" online exhibit The Phillips Collection, Washington DC), also this collection from Columbia University
letters, maps, other documents at Library of Congress, "Chicago: Destination for the Great Migration" (The African-American Mosaic)
"Seven Letters from the Great Migration" - HistoryMatters (George Mason University)
American Memory: The African American Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920 (Library of Congress/ Ohio Historical Society)
Race Records - recordings and album covers (PBS/ Ken Burns' Jazz)
More "race records" ad and album art in this blog post from Jazz Lives blog
"Big Road Blues" -a blog from a Rochester NY-based radio program focused on vintage blues recordings - has great music, artwork & explanations
see also the section below - many of the lesson plans contain copies or links of relevant primary sources

Blues Expert - Mentioned by Sharon Ford

Art Tipaldi, 29 Pomeroy St. Wilbraham MA 01095 email - artzbluz@aol.com
Phone - 413-596-4804

Resources and Lesson Plans

In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience (Schomberg Center)
GIS for History Great Migration layer
"Great Migration" - Northern Illinois University library
"Great Migration Resources Page" lesson/tutorial and primary source exploration - University of Illinois Chicago
"Great Migration" - lecture by James Grossman and some letters (Chicago Public Schools/ University of Chicago Internet Project eCUIP)
7th grade lesson on "The Great Migration" with downloadable materials - (Teaching with Primary Sources - Northern Virginia = tpsnva.org)

Important Scholarship

Grossman, James R. Land of Hope: Chicago, Black Southerners, and the Great Migration. 1989.
Lemann, Nicholas. The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America. 1991.
Isabel Wilkerson. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic History of the Great Migration. 2011. (journalism/oral history) - see/hear a 25-min WHYY Fresh Air interview about this book
Mark K. Dolan. "Extra! Chicago Defender Race Records Ads Show South from Afar." Southern Cultures 13:3 (Fall 2007), 106-124.