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NEWS SOURCES RESEARCH GUIDE: Richmond, D.C., Virginia
Provides comprehensive city, regional and state news, primarily for Richmond, Virginia, from Aug 19, 1985 to the present.
Full-text, abstracts, and citations; 1985 - present; Special attention is given to Virginia's tobacco and agriculture industries, as well as numerous large companies such as the CSX Corporation, Bank of Virginia and James River Corporation. Richmond's employment base extends from chemical, food and tobacco manufacturing to biotechnology, semiconductors and high-tech fibers.
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)