AARL Online Databases

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 The AFPLS Auburn Avenue Research Library Online Catalog
Gateway to the online catalog of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library catalog. Select 'Auburn Avenue Research Library' to limit your search to the holdings of Research Library.



 AARL Finding Aids
Finding aids are descriptive inventories that provide information on both the content and historical context of collections of archives and manuscripts. The Auburn Avenue Research Library Finding Aids presented by the Digital Library of Georgia describe approximately 100 unique research collections, including personal papers, organizational records, oral histories, photographs, and audio-visual resources.



 Accessible Archives Digital Collections
To use this collection of digital newspapers make sure you select the collection or newspaper databases desired before you begin searching.


 African-American Studies Center (Oxford)
Provides students, teachers, and scholars with an authoritative and comprehensive source on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.



African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century
This collection of African American newspapers contains a wealth of information about cultural life and history during the 1800s and is rich with first-hand reports of the major events and issues of the day, including the Mexican War, Presidential and Congressional addresses, Congressional abstracts, business and commodity markets, the humanities, world travel and religion.



Georgia Libraries Learning Online) a network of educational databases for all ages.



GALE Cengage Learning/Archives Unbound Digital Collection
Presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students at the college and university level.



JSTOR's mission is to help the scholarly community take advantage of advances in information technologies. In pursuing this mission, JSTOR has adopted a system-wide perspective, taking into account the sometimes conflicting needs of libraries, publishers, and scholars.

ProQuest Historical Black Newspapers


All 'Historical Black Newspapers' (search across all newspapers at one time)


  • Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003) The Atlanta Daily World had the first black White House correspondent and was the first black daily in the nation in the 20th century.
  • The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988) was the most widely circulated black newspaper on the Atlantic coast. It was the first black newspaper to have correspondents reporting on World War II, foreign correspondents, and female sports correspondents.
  • Chicago Defender (1910-1975) A leading African-American newspaper, with more than two-thirds of its readership outside Chicago.
  • Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991) was founded by Garrett Morgan, inventor of the gas mask and traffic light. Contributors included noted journalists Charles H. Loeb and John Fuster. The newspaper is well known for its support of the Scottsboro trial defendants with letters, clothing, stamps, and donations to the defense fund.
  • Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005) is the oldest and largest black newspaper in the western United States and the largest African-American owned newspaper in the U.S.
  • New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993) This leading Black newspaper of the 20th century reached its peak in the 1940s. The Amsterdam News was a strong advocate for the desegregation of the U.S. military during World War II, and also covered the historically important Harlem Renaissance.
  • The Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003) was the only black newspaper to provide on-the-scene, day-to-day coverage of the Scottsboro trial, and was one of the best researched and well written black newspapers of its time.
  • The Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001) the oldest continuously published black newspaper, is dedicated to the needs and concerns of the fourth largest black community in the U.S. During the 1930s the paper supported the growth of the United Way, rallied against the riots in Chester, PA, and continuously fought against segregation.
  • Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002) was one of the most nationally circulated Black newspapers, the Courier reached its peak in the 1930s. A conservative voice in the African-American community, the Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African-Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights.



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