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MEJO 342: Black Press and U.S. History: Primary Sources

ProQuest Historic Newspapers

Search multiple mainstream U.S. newspapers, including 

  • Atlanta Constitution‎   (1868 - 1984)
  • Baltimore Sun‎   (1837 - 1996) 
  • Boston Globe‎ (1872 - 1990)
  • Chicago Tribune‎   (1849 - present)
  • Los Angeles Times‎  (1881 - present)
  • Louisville Courier Journal (1830-present)‎
  • Nashville Tennessean (1812-1922)‎
  • New York Times‎   (1851 - present)  
  • San Francisco Chronicle‎   (1865 - 1922) 
  • Wall Street Journal (1889 - 2004)
  • Washington Post (1877 - present) 

Search 11 African American newspapers, including:

  • Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)*
  • Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988)*
  • Chicago Defender (1909-1975)*
  • Cleveland Call & Post (1934-1991)*
  • Los Angeles Sentinel (1934 - 2005)*
  • Michigan Chronicle (1939 - 2010)*
  • New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)*
  • Norfolk Journal and Guide (1916 - 2003)*
  • Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)*

Black Press (Civil Rights)

Black Press (Reconstruction)

Finding African American Newspapers by State

Find African American newspapers by state:

  1. Select state from drop-down list
  2. Select "African American" from More Search Options > Ethnicity Press drop-down list
  3. Search!
  4. Browse this list of 2400+ African American newspapers.


  • This directory lists known newspapers and publication info. It does not include full-text or digitized content. 
  • From the Library of Congress' Chronicling America's U.S. Newspaper Directory
  • Click on the title of a newspaper to see more info: publication specs, alternate titles, and libraries that have it. 

Organization Papers

1898 Election in North Carolina

Cartoons from the "Progressive Farmer"

Newspapers in North Carolina logo 

Specific newspapers (alphabetical)

Search Hints

  • Click on <advanced search>
  • Enter location in the <Place> field
  • Enter year (or date) in the <Date> field
  • Enter search term(s) in the search box (i.e., Wilmington, riot, Manly)

Advanced Search in

Older N.C. Newspapers

  • News & Observer available on microfilm at
    • UNC's North Carolina Collection: 1894 to present (C071 N55). 
    • UNC's Davis Library: 1980-2011 (Serial 1-857).

Online Magazines - Mainstream & African American

Magazines include text and graphics. Get layout ideas, and see how things were done 100 years ago!

African American Newspapers: Microfilm

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Using Microfilm

microfilm@ Wilson Library (North Carolina newspapers)

Microfilm reader/copiers are available in the second floor reading room. One microfilm reader is available in the fourth floor reading room. Read more about using Wilson Library.

@ Davis Library (national newspapers)

The Davis Library microforms collection is on the Lower Level of Davis Library. They have helpful staff to get microfilm reels for you & show you how to use them. Check their hours before going over to Davis.