African and South Asian newspaper archives: on trial

Thanks to a request from UncoverEd I’m pleased to let you know that we currently have trial access to 3 digital newspaper archives from Readex covering African and South Asian titles. The 3 databases are African Newspapers: The British Library Collection, World Newspaper Archive: African Newspapers, Series 1 1800-1922 and World Newspaper Archive: South Asian Newspapers 1864-1922.

You can access all 3 databases via the E-resources trials page.
Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 13th March 2020.

African Newspapers: The British Library Collection

This digital archive features 64 newspapers from throughout Africa, all published before 1901. Originally archived by the British Library, these rare historical documents are now available for the first time in a fully searchable online collection. From culture to history to geopolitics, the pages of these newspapers offer fresh research opportunities for students and scholars interested in topics related to Africa.

Screenshot from front page of The Egyptian Gazette, January 3, 1900.

World Newspaper Archive: African Newspapers, Series 1 1800-1922

This groundbreaking online collection provides more than 60 searchable African newspapers published in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring English and foreign-language titles from Angola, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, African Newspapers, Series 1, offers unparalleled coverage of the issues and events that shaped the continent and its peoples between 1800 and 1922.  From repercussions of the Atlantic slave trade, life under colonial rule and the results of the Berlin Conference to the emergence of Black journalism, the Zulu Wars and the rejection of Western imperialism, these newspapers provide a wide range of viewpoints on diverse cultures.

Screenshot from front page of East African Standard, Mombasa Times and Uganda Argus (published as THE African Standard MOMBASA TIMES & UGANDA ARGUS), January 15, 1903.

World Newspaper Archive: South Asian Newspapers 1864-1922

This one-of-a-kind collection provides online access to a select group of South Asian newspapers from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring English-, Gujarati- and Bengali-language papers published in India, in the regions of the Subcontinent that now comprise Pakistan, and in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), South Asian Newspapers offers extensive coverage of the people, issues and events that shaped the Indian Subcontinent between 1864 and 1922. This includes the aftermath of the Indian Rebellion; construction of railroads; effects of British Colonial rule; Hindu-Muslim conflicts; life on coffee, tea and rubber plantations; Morely-Minto Reforms; formation of the Indian National Congress; start of Mahatma Gandhi’s independence movement; economics, politics, the arts; and much more.

Screenshot of front page of Amrita Bazar Patrika, November 23, 1870.

Access all 3 databases via e-resources trials.
Access is available both on and off-campus.
Access available until 13th March 2020.
Feedback welcome.

You can access all the newspaper and magazine digital archives already available at the Library via the Newspapers, magazines and other news sources guide.

Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for School of Social and Political Science

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