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Resources for Colored Conventions Research at the University of Delaware: 19th-Century Newspapers

Searching Historical Newspapers

Locating Weekly Anglo-African Issues

Selected Newspaper Websites

Search the web for freely available newspapers. This is a selected list of useful websites.

Black Abolitionist Archive (Access via University of Detroit Mercy)
"The Black Abolitionist Digital Archive is a collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period."

California Digital Newspaper Collection (1846 to present)
The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (1836-1922, Library of Congress)
Identify African American titles by selecting the "All Digitized Newspapers" tab and choosing "African American" under Ethnicity.

Google News Archive  (historic and recent)

Historical Newspapers Online, USA (a useful gateway site)

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Virginia Chronicle (Library of Virginia)
Includes the Richmond Planet (1889-1922) and other African American newspapers.

Databases for Full-Text Historical Newspapers




Print and Digitized Newspaper Issues from the Center for Research Libraries

The UD Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). Items can be borrowed from CRL through interlibrary loan, even if they are print newspapers. Christian Recorder microfilm reels are available.

The CRL offers selected digitized issues of historical newspapers such as the Weekly Anglo-African. Click here to search the CRL catalog for available digitized issues.

Sample Newspapers Available on Microfilm in the UD Library

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.

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)

For more information, click the Microform Collections tab (above).