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ENGL420: African American Literature

Resource suggestions and search tips for African American newspapers and literature.

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Amanda Walch
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In This Guide

Front page of an issue of the North Star historical newspaperIn this Guide, you'll find:

  • Links to digital collections of several 19th-century African American Newspapers
  • Search tips for finding primary sources through Google


We don't subscribe directly to any historical newspaper databases, but many archives and libraries have digitized collections of historical newspapers that can be found through Google. Use this Guide to get started and don't hesitate to reach out with questions or help finding something!

Digitized African American Newspapers

For the Weekly Anglo-African, see:

Search Tips

Google Search Tips - Primary Sources

    Include primary source research terms with your other keywords
    • For example: "digital collection," "digital exhibit," "special collection," archive, records, papers
  1. Try format-specific terms
    • For example: newspapers, diaries, acts, letters, film, "archival footage," pamphlets, speeches, "oral histories," prints, posters
  2. Site search: search only one domain or one website
    • protest art
    • suffrage


*Several of these suggestions are from Robin M. Katz,, posted under a CC BY-NC-SA license, Jan 2021.