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African American Newspapers

African American Newspaper Databases

  • African American Newspapers (Accessible Archives collection)

    Includes National Era, 1847-1860; Frederick Douglass Papers, 1851-1856; Provincial Freeman, 1854-1857; The Christian Recorder, 1861-1893 (excluding 1892).

  • African American Newspapers in Chronicling America

    Freely search selected American newspapers, including South Carolina papers, from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. newspaper directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690 - present.  Since 2009, the University of South Carolina Libraries have received grants from NEH to make many mid 19th and early 20th century South Carolina newspapers accessible.  Learn more about the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program.

  • Chicago Defender (1910-1975)

    The Chicago Defender was the most influential African-American newspaper of the 20th century. With the majority of its readership outside the Chicago region, it served as the de facto national black newspaper in the U.S.

  • New York Amsterdam News, 1922 - 1993

    Digitized version of one of the U.S.'s leading Black newspapers.  Find articles, advertisements, obituaries, cartoons, etc. documenting first hand the major news and cultural topics of the 20th century from the African-American perspective.  This resource was acquired by University Libraries with generous contributions from the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, USC-Columbia

  • Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)

    One of the most widely circulated African American newspapers during the early twentieth century, the Pittsburgh Courier focused on social and cultural issues relating to the African American community.