New Titles: African American Historical Newspapers

Published: February 17, 2020

The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) announces titles available soon on Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC) and Chronicling America. Funded by a grant received in 2018  from the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), these additions mark the beginning of a series of new titles selected in line with INP’s proposed theme: communities and causes.

For its 2018 NDNP grant cycle, INP proposed to select, digitize, and provide to the Library of Congress 100,000 pages of historical newspapers published by underrepresented ethnic and political communities in Illinois. The INP continued its focus on diversifying the holdings of Chronicling America, an initiative that began in 2015 with its pilot project of digitizing non-English historical newspapers published throughout Chicago’s immigrant communities. After contributing over 100,000 pages of non-English content to Chronicling America, INP has been working to provide cost-free access to newspapers representing diverse communities and causes in Illinois history. 

Just in time for African American History Month, these additions will include digitized newspapers published by Illinois’ African American communities. These papers document lives and events spanning the years 1897-1963.

New additions will include the following titles and coverage years:

Additional issues of The Broad Ax (Salt Lake City, UT and Chicago, IL) will also be included, covering the years 1922-1927.


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