On trial: Black Newspaper Collection

*The Library now has access to all titles in the Black Newspaper Collection until 31st July 2024 as part of ProQuest Access 350.*

Thanks to a request from a HCA student the Library has trial access to the Black Newspaper Collection from ProQuest Historical Newspapers. This superb resource contains the archives of 9 individual newspaper titles that provide cultural perspective and insight to the events that shaped the United States in the 20th Century.

You can access Black Newspaper Collection via the e-resources trials page.
Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 28th March 2018.

Black Newspapers offers primary source material key to the study of American history and African-American culture, history, politics, and the arts. The 9 titles included in this resource are:

  • Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)
  • The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988)
  • Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
  • Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991)
  • Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
  • New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
  • The Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
  • The Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
  • Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)

Each of the nine newspaper archives provides you with unprecedented access to perspectives and information that was excluded or marginalised in mainstream sources.

Screenshot of front page of The Afro-American, 12th December 1964.

This resource allows you to examine major movements from the Harlem Renaissance to Civil Rights; examine the diversity of stances during the civil rights movement, including: endorsements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Malcolm X, and the debate about integration and the Negro Baseball Leagues; follow the crusade against racially restrictive housing covenants; find obituaries and coverage of community events; access thorough coverage of international events, such as apartheid in South Africa and Stephen Biko’s Nobel Peace prize nomination, often overlooked by other newspapers and generally explore everyday life.

Access Black Newspaper Collection via e-resources trials.
Access is available until 28th March 2018.
Feedback welcome.

We also currently have trial access to African American Newspapers, Series 1 and 2 from Readex. Trial ends 8th March 2018.

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

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