Black Newspapers Collection
Location: The papers can be found in
Truman's Library Catalog by individual title or by using the subject: African
American Newspapers. For a list, see
Newspapers on Microfilm.
Many of the foremost black publications of 20th century America are
represented in this collection. The papers cover 15 states beginning in 1896.
There is an index to about 10 papers considered the core of the collection that
covers the years 1977-1996. (Index to Black Newspapers Micro Reference AI
3 I46, continued by Black Newspapers Index Micro Reference AI 3 I462).
How to search the collection:
1. Select the year of
Index to Black Newspapers (Micro Reference AI 3 I46) or Black
Newspapers Index (Micro Reference AI 3 I462) for the year that you are
interested in. Look for the subject you are interested in.
2. The Index to Black Newspapers uses the format below for
|Wilfred Little interviewed about his brother Malcolm X
MI Feb.18 A-4-1
"MI" is an abbreviation for a newspaper title (in this example,
the Michigan Chronicle). The titles and abbreviations for each year
of the index are in the front of each index. Not all titles are covered
every year and new titles may be added in different years. "Feb. 18" is the
date. "A" is the section of the newspaper. "4" is the page. "1" is the column.
The Black Newspapers Index uses the following format to
|Lenox Ave. in New York City renamed for Malcolm X
(M) My23, B, 3:1 AM
"(M)" stands for the length of the article, (S=small,
M=medium, L=large). "My 23" is the date. "B" is the section.
"3" is the page. "1" is the column. "AM" is the name of the newspaper (in this
example, Amsterdam News). A list of the newspapers and their
abbreviations is at the beginning of each index.
3. Write down the year from the spine of the index.
Truman's Library Catalog or
the list at Newspapers on Microfilm
to find the call number for the newspaper you need.
5. Reel through the microfilm until you find the date, section,
page and column you need.
Index to Black Newspapers. Wooster, Ohio: Bell & Howell,
Co., 1977-1986. (Micro Reference AI 3 I46)
Black Newspapers Index. Ann Arbor, Mi.: University
Microfilms International, 1987- (Micro Reference AI 3 I462)
African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: a National
Bibliography. Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 1998.
This a listing of African-American newspapers, not an index for them.
Newspapers on Microfilm
For more information about this subject in our Library
Catalog, check out these
Time Period: 20th Century
Subject keywords: African American Studies, Journalism
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