This bibliography provides extensive descriptive annotations of nearly 500 autobiographies published by Americans of color during the years 1980 and 1994. The authors of these narratives range from established writers such as Nikki Giovanni, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Richard Rodriguez to unknown writers compelled to relate their part in the civil rights movement, recall their family history as sharecroppers, recount experiences in the Japanese internment camps or in Indian boarding schools, or describe their struggle to succeed and contribute despite immense hardship and difficulty. Among these autobiographies the reader will also find those of sports celebrities, actors, explorers, and entrepreneurs. This bibliography brings together at one access point an important body of work making it possible for the reader or researcher to identify and locate these books either through booksellers or through libraries. This volume constitutes volume one of a two book series, volume two is titled Autobiographies by Americans of Color 1995-2000.