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Newspapers (Historical)

  • Covers more than 200 years and is the single largest collection of English news from these centuries, including English provincial, Irish, Scottish, and a few papers from the British colonies.

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  • Features full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life among other subjects.

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  • Search the full text of eight African American newspapers with coverage from 1827 to 1902.  

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  • Search the full text of over 270 African American newspapers with coverage from 1827 to 1998. Provides access to primary sources for researchers across African and African American studies; political science; ethnic studies; diaspora studies; women's studies; and cultural, literary and social history

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  • Indexes the alternative press in North America, with citations from alternative, radical, and leftist publications. Coverage is from 1969 to 1990.

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  • This database provides access to Kansas titles from African American newspapers, 1827-1998 and another thirteen papers.  Content covers from 1851 to 1909 and includes the Emporia Gazette.

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  • News Features & Internal Communication:  The news features, dating from 1940, include news analysis, human interest stories, and entertainment and sports reporting.

    Bureau Collection: This collection offers access to records from the AP's Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh bureaus, dating from 1931 to 2004.

    European Bureaus Collection provides records from 1952 to 2000 (date spans vary by country)

    Washington, D.C. Bureaus Collection: Washington D.C Bureau provides access to records covering the years 1915-1930, 1952-2009.

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  • Search the full text of the South's largest African American newspaper.

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  • The full text of Baltimore's African American newspaper from 1893 to 1988. 

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  • The most influential African American newspaper which had more than two thirds of its readership outside of Chicago.

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  • Provides access to full page and article images with searchable full-text from 1849 to 20 years ago.

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  • With the exception of publishing one religious article each day at the request of the pioneering Mrs. Eddy, The Christian Science Monitor provides secular, balanced coverage of international news and events, as a public service.

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  • Contains full text of major articles gleaned from the New York Herald, the Charleston Mercury, and the Richmond Enquirer.

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  • This important African American newspaper is known for its coverage of the Scottsboro Trial.

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  • Provides access to Harper's Weekly, the illustrated 19th and early 20th century "national newspaper," an important resource for examining America on a cumulative week-to-week basis from 1857-1912. Through this database one can discover news stories, illustrations, cartoons, editorials, biographies, literature, and advertisements that shaped and reflected public opinion of the times. This is an important primary resource for the study of the U.S. Civil War, and the era of reconstruction. (At the "Web Access Agreement" screen, click "I Accept"). Partially funded by the KU Parents' Campaign, an annual giving opportunity for parents of KU students to support KU Libraries. The Parents' Campaign supports projects and initiatives that directly benefit students.

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  • Includes local, regional, and national newspapers published by Klan organizations and by sympathetic publishers across the United States. It also includes the voices from several anti-Klan newspapers. The collection covers 1921-1932.

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  • The historical Irish Times provides comprehensive news reporting as well as sports, business, arts, lifestyle coverage, and more.

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  • The Lily, the first newspaper for women, was issued from 1849 until 1853 under the editorship of Amelia Bloomer.

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  • A weekly African-American owned newspaper published for black readers in Los Angeles. The oldest and most influential African-American newspaper of the American West. Dates of coverage: 1934 to 2005.

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  • The Los Angeles Times provides historical analysis of the development of California and the Pacific Rim with a focus on immigration issues and the development of the American West, coverage of the early days of the film industry, and coverage of Native American culture and society.

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  • Documents the past of New York's African American community, including the Harlem Renaissance, the desegregation of the U.S. Military and the Civil Rights Movement.

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  • Provides access to full page and article images with searchable full-text from 1851 to 4 years ago.

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  • Provides news on events, arts, sports, business and finance, and New York society from pre-Civil War until the early 20th century.

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  • One of the best researched and written African American newspapers of its era. 

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  • Provides full-text access to the newspaper in Philadelphia and is a valuable resource to views of colonial America.

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  • The oldest continuously published daily black newspaper in the U.S., conveying ideas and opinions about local and national issues affecting blacks in the post-emancipation period, and today continues to serve the country's fourth-largest African- American community.

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  • The Pittsburgh Courier was once the most widely circulated black newspaper in the U.S. in the early 20th century. Through the decades, writers and intellectuals such as D.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, and others wrote columns and reported for the newspaper.

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  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers provides searchable access to full-text and full-images from some of America's most important newspapers.

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  • Completely separate from the Times of London, the Sunday times is known for their investigative journalism, providing commentary and analysis of the week's news. To search Times Digital Archive, Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, and Sunday Times Digital Archive together, please click here.

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  • Full-text and full-image articles from the Times of London for the years 1785-2006. To search Times Digital Archive, Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, and Sunday Times Digital Archive together, please click here.

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  • Covers 1902 to 5 years ago with access to book reviews, film reviews, play reviews and more. To search Times Digital Archive, Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, and Sunday Times Digital Archive together, please click here.

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  • Source of business news, with in-depth financial analysis and insightful business profiles. Dates of coverage: 1889 to 17 years ago.

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  • Includes all the articles published since the first issue of the paper in 1877 up to 16 years ago. In addition to news stories, includes editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, photos, and advertisements.

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