Historic Black Newspapers Online
Readex to Launch African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
Readex will begin releasing African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, in fall 2009. This online newspaper collection will feature 270 newspapers published in 36 states, including rare and historically significant 19th-century titles. African American Newspapers is being created from the most extensive African American newspaper archives in the United States-those of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Kansas State Historical Society and the Library of Congress. Selections were guided by James Danky, editor of "African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography" (Harvard University Press, 1998). Before James Danky's book, most newspaper bibliographers overlooked the titles in this collection. Many of these newspapers are therefore largely unknown and will present students and scholars with unmapped territory to explore.
Beginning with Freedom's Journal (NY) -- the first African American newspaper published in the United States -- the titles in this unique resource include The Colored Citizen (KS), Arkansas State Press, Rights of All (NY), Wisconsin Afro-American, New York Age, L'Union (LA), Northern Star and Freeman's Advocate (NY), Richmond Planet, Cleveland Gazette, The Appeal (MN) and hundreds of others from every region of the U.S.
David G. Loiterstein
Readex, A Division of NewsBank