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African American Women in Theater: II. More Historical Newspapers

A guide for an assignment in Theater 399/591 & African American Studies 389.

1. Digitized Historical American Newspapers

Listed here are major digital collections of historical American newspapers. For much more information on finding historical newspapers, please visit our Historical Newspapers Guide.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
Fully searchable and browsable. Includes several African American newspapers:
Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003)
Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005)
New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)
Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)
Chicago Defender (1905-1975)
African American Newspapers (19th century).
Text only (no illustrations or advertisements).
1827-1902
19th Century U.S. Newspapers.
Early American Newspapers.
1690-1876
Chronicling America.
From the Library of Congress. Includes newspaper pages from 1900 to 1910 from the following states: California, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, and Virginia. (More states will be added.)
American Periodicals Series Online.
Over 1,500 magazines from 1741 to the World War II period. (Note: these are magazines, not newspapers.)

2. Bibliographies of Early African American Periodicals