The sources on this page provide access to historical (primarily before 1980) U.S. and international newspapers available at Woodruff Library or online.
Available papers range from the 17th to the 20th century. There is some overlap with sources listed under Recent Newspapers.
For availability of a particular title:
Contains backfiles of major 20th century African American newspapers including:
Atlanta Daily World
Cleveland Call and Post
Los Angeles Sentinal
New York Amsterdam News
Norfolk New Journal and Guide
For the same newspapers in a different form see: The Black Studies Center
This database contains about 270 U.S newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience.
This database includes several important newspapers including the Freedom's Journal (1827-1829); The Colored American (1837-1841); The North Star (1847-1851); The National Era (1847-1853); Provincial Freeman (1854-1857); Frederick Douglass Paper (1851-1852); and The Christian Recorder (1861-Apr. 1862).
42 digitized African American Newspapers from Washington D.C., Indiana, Missouri, South Carolina and elsewhere.
Consult other online guides to freely available, digitized African American newspapers
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