New e-resource for Black history research

The African American Historical Serials Collection is now available.

The database contains a full text archive of periodicals that document the history of African American religious life and culture between 1829 and 1922. Primary sources include newspapers and magazines, plus reports and annuals from African American religious organizations, including churches and social service agencies. Find the collection in Historical Newspapers.

Explore the past in a new way: EBSCO’s Historical Digital Archive Viewer replicates the experience of browsing and reading original archive material and enhances it with keyword search, note-taking tools, and other useful features.

African American Historical Serials Collection is the product of more than ten years of organizing and collecting fragmentary, widely-dispersed, and endangered materials. The collection documents much of the rich history of African American life and religious organizations, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Zion Church, and many Baptist churches.

Primary sources about their lives and struggles are essential to understanding African Americans' centuries-long fight for their rights. Here’s an interesting episode from a favorite, award-winning podcast—The Secret Adventures of Black People: The Ancestors Were Talkin’—illustrating the importance of preserving these stories and records.

See also: Chicago Defender‎ (1909–1975) in ProQuest Newspapers.