African American Newspapers

Printing PressThis 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, including the Mexican War, Presidential and Congressional addresses, Congressional abstracts, business and commodity markets, the humanities, world travel and religion.

The collection also provides a great number of early biographies, vital statistics, essays and editorials, poetry and prose, and advertisements all of which embody the African-American experience.

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

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The Collection in Detail

Part I: Freedom’s Journal, New York, 1827-Mar. 1829; WEEKLY ADVOCATE/Colored American, New York, JAN. 1837-DEC. 1841; The North Star, Rochester, NY, 1847-July 1849; National Era, Washington, DC, 1847-Dec. 1848.
Part II: Colored American, 1840-41; The North Star, July 1849-1851; Frederick Douglass’ Paper (continuation of The North Star), 1851-May 1852; National Era, 1847-Dec. 1850; Provincial Freeman, 1854-Dec. 18, 1855.
Part III: Frederick Douglass’ Paper, May 1852-Dec. 1852; National Era, Dec. 1850-Dec. 1853; Provincial Freeman, Dec. 1855-57; The Christian Recorder, 1861-April 1862.
Part IV: The Christian Recorder, Philadelphia, May 1862-Dec. 1864; National Era, Jan. 1854-Dec. 1855; Frederick Douglass’ Paper, Jan. 1853-Dec. 1854.
Part V: The Christian Recorder, Philadelphia, Jan. 1865-June 1868; National Era, Jan. 1856-Dec. 1857; Frederick Douglass’ Paper, Jan. 1855-Dec. 1855.
Part VI: National Era, Jan. 1858-Mar. 1860; The Christian Recorder, Philadelphia, July 1868-Dec. 1870.
Part VII: The Christian Recorder, Philadelphia, Jan. 1872-Dec. 1876.
Part VIII: The Christian Recorder, Philadelphia, Jan. 1877-Dec. 1882.
Part IX: The Christian Recorder, Philadelphia, Jan. 1883-Dec. 1887.
Part X: The Christian Recorder, Philadelphia, Jan. 1888-Dec. 1893 (excluding 1892)
Part XI: The Christian Recorder, Philadelphia, Jan. 1894-Dec. 1898
Part XII: The Christian Recorder, Philadelphia, Jan. 1899-Dec. 1902
Part XII Supplement: Douglass’ Monthly, Jan. 1859-Aug. 1863

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