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African American Newspapers

James P. Danky, ed., African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography is a good starting point for identifying titles of historical African-American periodicals.

  • African American Newspapers
    Database available through GSU Library.
  • ProQuest Historical Black Newspapers
    Online full-text access to selected historical African-American newspapers. Available for viewing at the Auburn Avenue Research Library.
  • African American Newspapers at Emory
    Lists Emory's microfilm holdings of historical African-American newspapers from across the United States.

    GSU students can also access these two African-American newspaper databases as guests at the Emory University Library:
    • New York Amsterdam News, 1922-1933

    • Pittsburgh Courier, 1911-2002
  • AFRO Archives
    Online archives (not complete) including:
    The AFRO American Ledger, Washington AFRO American
    The AFRO American, Washington AFRO American, Baltimore AFRO American

Local Newspapers


Local Newspapers: In Other States

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has created the US Newspaper Program for the preservation of local newspapers, state by state.

Scroll through this site to find relevant websites by state.

Alternative Newspapers

GSU library databases which index a range of alternative newspapers and periodicals.

Underground Press Collection

The University of Georgia Library has the Underground Press Collection available on microfilm.

We may be able to receive reels of this collection via ILL. Request using the "Other (Free Text)" request option. Include:

  • the name of the newspaper
  • dates needed
  • that you are requesting microform


    Foreign and Ethnic Newspapers

    Subject-Specific Newspapers


    US Newspapers at GSU

    Newspapers and indexes that are available online through the University Library are designated by the name of the database that contains the newspaper/index, for example, "Lexis-Nexis". To locate and access a database, go to the List of Databases located at and use the database locator.

    Indexes & Issues

    Time Period Covered Call Number/Location in The University Library
    19th Century U.S. Newspapers
    (Includes nearly 400 titles)
    1800-1899 Online 19th Century U.S. Newspapers
    Atlanta Constitution Index
    1868-1929 Historic Archives Online
    1925-1954 Microfilm AN2.G4 A726
    1971-1979 AI21.A87 A86
    Reference (LN 1)
    1980-1982 Printed Cards
    Ask at Reference (LN 1)
    1982-Present AI21.A87 A86
    Reference (LN 1)
    Atlanta Constitution
    1868-1945 Online Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Historical)
    1868-present AN2.G4 A726
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    1991-Present Online Lexis-Nexis
    Atlanta Daily World 1931-1932, 1934-1964, 1970- AN2.G4 A723
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    1931-2003 Online Historical Atlanta Daily World (NEW!)
    Atlanta Journal Index 1944-1979 Microfiche AI21.A87
    1982-Present AI21.A87 A86
    Reference (LN 1)
    AN2.G4 A726
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Atlanta Journal 1883-Present
    1991-Present Online Lexis-Nexis
    Boston Evening Transcript
    (Continues Daily Evening Transcript)
    1854-1861 AN2.M4 B733
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    The Charleston Mercury
    (Charleston, SC)
    1860-1865 Online The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective
    The Chicago Defender
    Chicago, IL
    1910-1975 Online Historical Chicago Defender (NEW!)
    The Christian Recorder
    Philadelphia, PA
    1861-1862 Online African-American Newspapers
    The Colored American
    (Continues The Weekly Advocate)
    New York
    1837-1841 Online African-American Newspapers
    Commercial Appeal
    (Memphis, TN)
    1894-1989 AN2.T2 M43
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Confederate Newspapers
    [This collection is a mixture of newspapers published in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama between 1858-1866.]
    1858-1866 E482.C66
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Daily Evening Transcript
    Boston, MA; predecessor to Boston Evening Transcript)
    1850-1853 AN2.M4 B733
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Daily National Intelligencer
    (Washington, D.C.)*
    *Continues National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser
    1813-1869 AN2.D6 W44
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Frederick Douglass Paper
    Rochester, NY
    1851-1852 Online African-American Newspapers
    Freedom's Journal
    (New York)
    1827-1829 Online African-American Newspapers
    The Globe
    (Washington, D.C.)
    1830-1845 AN2.D6 W445
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Harper's Weekly 1857-1883

    Online HarpWeek

    1860-1872 AN2.N7 N547
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Los Angeles Times 1972-2009 AN2 .C2 L758
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    2008-Present Digital Microfilm
    1985-Present Factiva
    Maryland Gazette 1745-1839 AN2.M3 A462
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    The National Era
    (Washington, DC)
    1847-1853 Online African-American Newspapers
    National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser*
    *Precedes Daily National Intelligencer
    1800-1812 AN2.D6 W44
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    New York Age 1905-1960 AN2.N7 N574
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    New York Daily Tribune Index 1875-1906 Online 19th Century Masterfile
    New York Daily Tribune
    (Includes New York Tribune)
    1841-1879 AN2.N7 N578
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    The New York Herald 1860-1865 Online The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective
    The New York Journal*
    *Precedes New York Journal and Advertiser
    1766-1776 AN2.A2 N575
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    New York Journal and Advertiser*
    *Continues New York Journal
    1897-1901 AN2.N7 N576
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    New York Times Index
    1981-present Article Archive: 1981-present
    Sept.1851-Dec.1980 The New York Times
    Article Archive, 1851-1980
    1930-1944 AI21.N44
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    AI21 .N44 (LN 5)
    New York Times 1851-2010 Online Historical New York Times
    1857-2009 AN2.N7 N573
    Newspaper Microfilm (1857-2002 in storage)
    2008-Present Digital Microfilm
    1980-Present Online Lexis-Nexis
    New York Tribune Index 1875-1906 Online 19th Century Masterfile
    New York Tribune 1841-1887 AN2.N7 N578
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Niles' Register Index 1811-1849 CD-ROM REF. JK6.N53
    Reference (LN 2)
    Niles' National Register 1837-1849 JK6.N5
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Niles' Weekly Register 1811-1837 JK6.N5
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    The North Star
    (Rochester, NY)
    1847-1851 Online African-American Newspapers
    Pennsylvania Chronicle and Universal Advertiser 1767-1774 AN2.A2 P463
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Pennsylvania Gazette 1728-1815 CD-ROM AN2.A2 P464
    Ask at Reference (LN 2)
    1728-1800 Online The Pennsylvania Gazette
    1731-1815 AN2.A2 P464
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser 1742-1793 AN2.A2 P465
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Philadelphia Gazette and Daily Advertiser*
    *(Also called
    Federal Gazette)
    1788-1802 AN2.A2 P4642
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Provincial Freeman
    (Chatham, Canada West)
    1854-1857 Online African-American Newspapers
    The Revolution 1868-1871 HN51.R5
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Richmond Daily Whig 1860-1865 AN2.V8 R573
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Richmond Enquirer 1804-1867 AN2.V8 R574
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    1860-1865 Online The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective
    Richmond Whig and Advertiser 1835-1861, 1865
    AN2.V8 R579
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Times-Picayune Index
    (New Orleans, LA)
    1972-1988 AI21.T66 N49
    Reference (LN 1)
    AN2.L8 N48
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    (New Orleans, LA)
    1993-Present Online Lexis-Nexis
    United States Gazette
    (Philadelphia, PA)
    AN2.P4 P584
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    United States Telegraph
    (Washington, D.C.)
    1826-1837 AN2.D6 W488
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    The Virginia Gazette Index 1736-1780 AI21.V5
    (LN 4)
    The Virginia Gazette
    (Williamsburg, VA)
    1736-1780 AN2.V8 W584
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Washington Afro-American and the Washington Tribune 1932-1988 AN2.D6 W492
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    Washington Post Index 1877-1986 Historic Archives Online
    Washington Post 1969-2009 AN2.D6 W497
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    2008-Present Digital Microfilm
    1977-Present Lexis-Nexis
    Wall Street Journal Index 1955-Present HG1.W26 (LN 5)
    1973-Present Online Lexis-Nexis
    Wall Street Journal 1889-2009 HG1.W154
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    2008-Present Digital Microfilm
    1979-Present Factiva
    Woman's Journal
    (Boston, MA)
    1870-1899 HQ1101.W6
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)
    (New York)
    1895-1901 AN2.N7 N579
    Newspaper Microfilm (LN 1)

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    Web collections


    Searching the GSU Library for Historical Newspapers

    Use the Journals tab on the GSU Library homepage to search for historical periodical holdings.

    Keep the "All Journals" button selected. This will tell you if we have the journal in paper or in microfilm.

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    Using WorldCat to Find Newspapers

    Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

    WorldCat is a database that searches libraries worldwide, including books, audiovisual materials, periodicals (magazines and newspapers), and archival materials. You can request many of the items in WorldCat using Interlibrary Loan.

    Use Advanced Search to limit searches by author, title, and/or format.

    If you are looking for periodicals, look for records including the word "microform" or "microfilm." Most libraries will not lend out bound copies of periodicals, but many will lend microfilm versions.

    When requesting microform copies through Interlibrary Loan, use the "Other (Free Text)" request option and include periodical title, dates needed, and note that you are requesting microfilm.


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