Database Spotlight: African American Newspapers, Series 1 

Screenshot of the homepage of the African American Newspapers, Series 1 database

This week we will be featuring African American Newspapers, Series 1!

African American Newspapers, Series 1 is a collection of 280 digitized newspapers from over 35 U.S. states published by and for African Americans. Each newspaper issue in this collection has been fully digitized and is fully searchable, including all articles, obituaries, advertisements, editorials, and illustrations. Some of the major titles in the collection include The Colored Citizen (KS), Arkansas State PressRights of All (NY), Wisconsin Afro-AmericanNew York AgeL’Union (LA), Northern Star and Freeman’s Advocate (NY), Richmond PlanetCleveland Gazette, and The Appeal(MN).

James Danky, editor of African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Biography, guided the selection of newspapers for this collection. The original newspapers are found in the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Kansas State Historical Society, and the Library of Congress.

Please note that we also own a collection titled African American Newspapers produced by Accessible Archives. This is an entirely different collection with a different selection of newspapers. To differentiate between the two databases, on our Indexes & Databases list, we have given the Accessible Archives database the expanded title African American Newspapers (Accessible Archives).

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