Thanks to a request from a student in HCA the Library currently has trial access to African American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2, 1827-1998 from Readex. These fascinating databases provide online access to approximately 330 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience.
You can access African American Newspapers via the e-resources trials page.
Access is available both on and off-campus.
Trial access ends 8th March 2018.
African American Newspapers is a unique collection, which includes historically significant papers from more than 35 states and features many rare 19th-century titles.
Coverage spans life in the Antebellum South; the spread of abolitionism; growth of the Black church; the Emancipation Proclamation; the Jim Crow Era; the Great Migration to northern cities, the West and Midwest in search of greater opportunity; rise of the NAACP; the Harlem Renaissance; the civil rights movement; political and economic empowerment; and more. You will also find first-hand perspectives on notable Americans from Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington to W.E.B. Du Bois and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Newly digitised, these newspapers published by or for African Americans can now be browsed and searched as never before.
This is a great opportunity for you to try out this database and enrich your research.
Readex are also giving us trial access to Early American Newspapers Decade 1890-1899. While there is some crossover with Early American Newspapers, Series 2, that the Library already has access to (access from Newspapers & Magazines database list), it does give us access to a bigger range of newspaper titles for the period 1890-1899. Early American Newspapers Decade 1890-1899.
You can access all the online newspaper archives already available at the Library via the Newspapers & Magazines database list.
Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.
Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology