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NEWS SOURCES RESEARCH GUIDE: Historical News Sources
Explore local history with the full-color digital archive of Richmond-Times Dispatch The digital archive begins with January 1, 2019 and will grow going forward with a 90 day embargo from publication date.
Archival issues prior to 2019 are available on microfilm. Please see a librarian for assistance.
First published in 1882, and founded by 13 former Richmond slaves, the Planet was initially edited by Edmund Archer Randolph, the first African American graduate of Yale Law School. Two years later, 21-year-old John Mitchell, Jr., succeeded Randolph and continued as editor for the next 45 years, until 1929. Mitchell wasted little time: he replaced much of the press equipment, contributed his own artwork to the paper's always impressive design, and increased circulation to the point that the Planet eventually turned a modest profit. The Planet by 1904 had reached a weekly circulation of 4,200. The paper also quickly gained a reputation as a staunch defender of the African-American community and a voice against racial injustice—"daring to hurl thunderbolts of truth into the ranks of the wicked. . . . No stronger race man is known among us." (Description on Chronicling America site, information provided by Library of Virginia)
The newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest and most comprehensive collection of early English news media, helping chart the development of the concepts of news/newspapers and the free press.
Collections of 19th century newspapers, 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.
Comprehensive collection of national and regional newspapers of Victorian Britain carefully selected by an editorial board from the British Library and providing a broad yet detailed view of British life in the 19th century.
Primarily American newspapers from the 18th and 19th centuries, including important African-American newspapers. Includes the Pennsylvania Gazette, Frank Leslie's Weekly, suffragist materials, Civil War articles, and Godey's Lady's Book.
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Full-text archives of six national papers of record and five historically Black papers.
Atlanta Daily World, Chicago Defender, Los Angeles Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, Pittsburgh Courier, The Atlanta Constitution, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times with Index, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post; Full-text; Dates vary with each newspaper.
Index of translated broadcasts & news throughout the world from 1975 - 1996.
Includes these regions: Asia & Pacific, China, East Asia, Latin America, Middle East & Africa, Near East & South Asia & Western Europe. The actual reports are in microfiche format.; Citations; 1975 - 1996