For Independence Day this week, the Libraries are celebrating a Glorious Fourth — Fourth Estate that is. We’re pleased to add these important digital archives of newspapers from near and far, representing a wide range of editorial viewpoints.
The Libraries have arranged an extended one-year trial to the combined archives of the Arkansas Gazette (1868-1991), Arkansas Democrat (1947-1991) and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (1991-1992) archives. This trial will give U of A researchers access to more than 150 years of our state’s history: first hand. The archive offers full-text searching through news stories as well as full page images from 1868 -1992.
The archive is still being developed so please note that some early years are difficult to read and some gaps exist in the coverage (1900-1908 for the Gazette and April 1992 – December 1993 for the Democrat-Gazette. )
At the end of our year-long trial, the Libraries will be selecting certain segments of the archive for permanent purchase so please share your thoughts on this new resource.
For more than 100 years, the Harlem-based Amsterdam News has served as one of the most influential black-owned publications n America. This digital archive, covering 1922-1983, offers articles on both the local New York City level as well as addressing national events and issues. Search and filter on criteria such as front page stories, type of article (editorial, obituary, classified ad, comic, and more) and publication date.
Covering 1893-1988, this newspaper archive offers another African American voice to the Libraries’ collections. The Afro American was widely circulated on the Eastern seaboard, not only in Baltimore but with special regional editions for Philadelphia, Newark, Richmond, and Washington D.C. Known for its crusading editorials on segregation, labor, and education, the Afro-American employed at various times authors such as Langston Hughes and artists such as Romare Bearden.
And from the West Coast.. we’ve got the archive of the Los Angeles Times from 1881-1995. Having garnered more than 40 Pulitzer Prizes over the span of publication, the Los Angeles Times is especially valued for its coverage of the entertainment industry, modern art and architecture, environmental policies, Pacific Rim trade, and immigration.
More News than Can Fit
These 4 archives join our growing collection of online newspapers that place rich primary sources at your fingertips. Explore more in our Newspapers Research Guide or browse a list of major newspaper databases.