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Historical African American Newspapers Available Online  

A guide to African American Newspapers
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We have added new newspapers from Montana, Iowa, Texas and Tennesee: The Montana Plaindealer, The Iowa Bystander (1894-1916), The Bystander (1916-1921), The Dallas Express, Maryville Republican (1867-187?), The Republican (187?-187?), and Maryville Republican (187?-1877).

There are also a number of links marked with MARIST USERS ONLY.  These are papers available to Marist students, staff and faculty only through our subscriptions to databases.




This guide provides a list of historical African American Newspapers available online as part of digitization projects at libraries and historical societies as well as digitization projects done by Google.  The content is available for free, though it is at the discretion of the institution providing the content. The newspapers contained within guide are those that have ceased to operate or are currently running papers with archives available.  It does not include papers that are currently running and only offer access to the most recent articles.

Availability of Newspapers

Many of these newspaper links do not contain the full print run of the paper, but what the digitizing institution has as part of their collection or what has been completed so far.  There may be more content to follow or there may not, but this guide will be updated with additional newspapers, issues, and dates as they become available.  Each newspaper's webpage provides specific information about what content they have available online, though every effort has been made in this guide to make clear what is available online.


These newspapers provide an interesting view of history and aid in research in the field of African American history.  They are a valuable resource that can be found in different institutions throughout the United States and this guide brings them all together in one place to aid students and teachers of history.


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