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African American Newspapers (1827-1998)

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Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus) Database available to authorized IU Bloomington users (on or off campus)

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998 provides searchable, online access to approximately 250 U.S. newspapers from 37 states. Some titles lasted a short time, or few extant issues have been found, so that the database may contain as little as a single issue from a source. Other newspapers had longer lives and long runs of issues are available, for example:

Huntsville Gazette 1881-06-18 1894-12-29, Huntsville Alabama
Elevator 1865-05-05 1898-06-11, San Francisco California
Washington Bee 1882-06-10 1922-01-21, Washington (DC)
Savannah Tribune 1875-12-04 1922-12-28, Savannah Georgia
Freeman 1888-07-21 1916-12-30, Indianapolis Indiana
Plaindealer 1932-05-20 1958-11-07, Kansas City Kansas
Plaindealer 1899-01-06 1931-12-25, Topeka Kansas
Appeal 1903-02-07 1923-11-24, St. Paul Minnesota
Cleveland Gazette 1883-08-25, 1945-05-20 Cleveland Ohio

By choosing newspaper titles and clicking on the title, you can see which issues are available.

You may download and save pdfs of the text, and there is an export citation utility for exporting to bibliographic mananagement software, like EndNote.

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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Journalism
  • African American and African Diaspora Studies
  • American Studies
  • History

Library of Congress Subjects:

African American newspapers -- Databases.
American newspapers -- Databases.
African Americans -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
African Americans -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.