Access to our African American Newspapers Collection is Now Available

Frederick Douglass Family

Frederick Douglass Family

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  • History Buffs
  • History Teachers
  • Genealogists
  • Family Historians
  • Civil War Re-Enactors
  • Historical Writers
  • Costume Artists
  • Anyone Interested in U.S. History!

About the African American
Newspapers Collection

This enormous collection of African American newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day

Never before has such important original source material–written by African-Americans for African-Americans–been readily available as searchable full-text for research and fresh interpretation by historians, sociologists, educators and students.

In addition to our African American Newspaper collection, your annual subscription provides you with access to all of the Accessible Archives collections as well as new additions we add during your subscription.

Obtaining a subscription is fast and easy–simply visit the personal subscription sign-up page. The cost is $59.95 annually, payable with any credit or debit card, or via PayPal.  We have also recently made monthly subscriptions available for only $6.95 a month.  Subscribe Monthly here.

Accessible Archives gives you a window into early American history–from the people who lived it!

African American Newspapers Included

  • The Christian Recorder
  • The Colored American/Weekly Advocate
  • Frederick Douglass’ Paper
  • Freedom’s Journal
  • The National Era
  • The North Star
  • Provincial Freeman

Freedom's Journal

Freedom’s Journal

You’ll find:

  • Eyewitness accounts of historical events
  • Vivid descriptions of daily life
  • Civil War newspapers, including northern & southern perspectives
  • A first-hand view of the African-American experience
  • Genealogical records
  • Images including photos, political cartoons, gorgeous full-color illustrations, and more
  • Women’s history
  • Regimental histories and stories about Civil War leaders and soldiers
  • Editorial observations
  • Commerce as seen through advertisements
  • Detailed County Histories
  • Editorials and Essays by Frederick Douglass
  • Sermons, Homilies, and Poetry
  • Temperance Literature
  • Lessons for Newly Freed Slaves