ProQuest’s ‘Black Newspapers’ on trial

*The Library has now purchased the New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), one of the titles in the Black Newspaper Collection. See New to the Library: New York Amsterdam News* The Library also currently has access to all other Black Newspaper titles through the ProQuest Access 350 subscription until 31st July 2024. Access via the Databases A-Z list.*

For a limited time only the Library has access to Black Newspapers from ProQuest Historical Newspapers. This fantastic 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 the database via the E-resources trials page. Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 15th March 2017.

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.

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.

The database can be accessed for the duration of the trial period via e-resources trials.
Access available until 15th March 2017.
Feedback welcome.

The Library already subscribes to a large number of digital newspaper archives. These can be accessed on the Newspapers databases page, along with databases that give access to current newspapers.

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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