On trial: African American Newspapers and Times-Picayune

Thanks to a request from a student in HCA the Library currently has trial access to two newspaper databases from Readex, African American Newspapers, Series 1, 1827-1998 and New Orleans Times-Picayune (1837-1922). Between them giving you access to around 170 years of newspaper archives and useful if you’re looking at African American history, American history, the Antebellum South, the Civil Rights movement and more.

You can access both databases via the E-resources trials page. Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 30th November 2018.

African American Newspapers, Series 1, 1827-1998 chronicles a century and a half of the African American experience. It features 280 newspapers from 35 states, including many rare and historically significant 19th-century titles. These titles published for or by African Americans constitute valuable primary sources for researchers exploring such diverse disciplines as cultural, literary and social history; ethnic studies and more.

Published in New Orleans, the Times-Picayune has long been one of the nation’s leading sources of news and a vital force in journalism for more than 150 years. Beyond insight into colourful New Orleans, the newspaper’s reporting has included exceptional coverage of Louisiana’s politics, culture and local industries. Originally established as The Picayune in 1837 the newspaper merged with the Times-Democrat in 1914. Readex’s New Orleans Times-Picayune gives you access to material from the newspapers archive from 1837-1922.

Screenshot of front page from first issue of The Picayune, January 25, 1837.

The databases can be accessed for the duration of the trial period via e-resources trials.
Access available until 30th November 2018.
Feedback welcome.

The Library already has access to a wide range of digital newspaper archives and you can access all of these 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