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General Ethnic Newspaper Databases

  • Ethnic News Watch

Ethnic NewsWatch is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full-text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the “other side of the story,” ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press. The database now also contains Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989.

  • Alt-Press Watch

Full-text database of selected newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press. Coverage complements the reporting in the mainstream press. Includes biographical or personal profiles. 1970-present

Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection

This online collection provides extensive coverage of many of the most influential ethnic groups in U.S. history, with an emphasis on Americans of Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jewish, Lithuanian, Polish, Slovak and Welsh descent. It features more than 130 fully searchable newspapers in 10 languages from 25 states—including many rare 19th-century titles. 1799-1971.

African-American Newspaper Databases

  • African American Newspapers: The 19thCentury   

This collection contains a wealth of information about 1800s cultural life and history, and is rich with first-hand reports of major events and issues, including the Mexican War, Presidential and congressional addresses, Congressional abstracts, business and commodity markets, the humanities, world travel and religion. They also contain large numbers of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements.

  • African American Newspapers 1827-1998     

Provides online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection features papers from more than 35 states—including many rare and historically significant 19th century titles.

  • Black Studies Centre     

Provides the full text backfile of the following influential black newspapers:
Atlanta Daily World 1931-1932 through 2002-2003; Baltimore Afro-American, 1893-1894 through 1985-1986; Chicago Defender, roughly 1910-1911 through 1974-1975; Chicago’s Daily Defender, 1956-1957 through 1974-1975; Los Angeles Sentinel, 1934-1935 through 2004-2005; New York Amsterdam News, 1922-1923 through 1993-1994;
Norfolk New Journal and Guide, 1916-1917 through 2002-2003; Philadelphia Tribune, 1912-1913 through 2000-2001; Pittsburgh Courier, 1911-1912 through 2001-2002

  • Freedom’s Journal    

Wisconsin Historical Society. The first African-American owned and operated newspaper published in the United States, published weekly. Freedom’s Journal provided international, national, and regional information on current events and contained editorials declaiming slavery, lynching, and other injustices. The Journal also published biographies of prominent African-Americans and listings of births, deaths, and marriages in the African-American New York Community. Freedom’s Journal circulated in 11 states, the District of Columbia, Haiti, Europe, and Canada.

Detroit & Michigan Newspapers

The Detroit Tribune (1935-1963), a historic Black newspaper available online via the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America, was published weekly from 1935 to 1966. Occasionally subtitled “Unswerving Dedication to the Truth” or “The News journal of the Metropolitan Community”.

Asian-American Newspapers

  • Japanese -American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life      

This Archives Unbound collection consisting of 25 individual titles documents life in the internment camps. Although histories exist about this chapter in American history, this digital collection of Japanese relocation camp newspapers record the concerns and the day-to-day life of the interned Japanese-Americans. Although articles in these files frequently appear in Japanese, most of the papers are in English or in dual text. Many of the 25 titles constituting this collection are complete or substantially complete

  • Hispanic American Newspapers 1808-1980      

Represents the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. The distinctive collection features hundreds of Hispanic American newspapers, including many long scattered and forgotten titles published in the 19th century.

  • Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press    

University of Arizona. The Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press collection documents and showcases historic Mexican and Mexican American publications published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s.

Native American Newspapers

  • American Indian Newspapers   

A diverse and robust collection of print journalism from Indigenous peoples of the US and Canada from 1828-2016. The newspapers include national periodicals as well as local community news and student publications. The 45 unique titles also include bi-lingual and Indigenous-language editions, such as Hawaiian, Cherokee and Navajo languages.

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