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Resources for Colored Conventions Research at the University of Delaware: Microform Collections

Using Microforms in the UD Library

Microforms are housed in Room 008 in the Student Multimedia Design Center on the lower level of the Library. There is equipment that allows users to view, print, and scan images. Scanned images can be adjusted, and saved or sent to email.

Printing from microform reader-printers costs 12¢ per page with flex money on an ID card or copy card. Scanning is free. See the Student Multimedia Design Center staff for assistance.


Microforms are photographic reproductions of printed materials in reduced size. In order to be read, they must be enlarged by a machine. Microform equipment includes digital microform scanners, reader/printers, and some manual fiche and film readers.

Newspapers on Microfilm

The UD Library has the microfilm set Negro Newspapers on Microfilm. The set includes African American titles in the American Antiquarian Society, filmed by Library of Congress (roughly 1883 to 1931, with a few dating back to 1865 and up to 1946). Approximately 100 titles. Most are small runs; several titles may appear on one roll.

Sample titles include:
Frederick Douglass' Paper (Microfilm no. 2210, reel 11/title 9)
Weekly Anglo-African (Microfilm no. 2210, reel 5/title 3; Microfilm no. 2258)

Subject Librarian

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Carol Rudisell
Reference & Instructional Services Dept.
(302) 831-6942

Subjects:African American Studies, Caribbean Studies, Ethnic Studies, Foundations and Grants, History, Sexuality Studies, Women and Gender Studies