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News Sources

Recommended resources and search tips for finding news in a variety of formats. Includes how to find international newspapers, historical newspapers, articles with a particular viewpoint, how to evaluate sources, and much more.

General information

Here are some examples of the kinds of clipping files that might assist you in your research. Contact the local library in the geographical area you are researching to find out what kind of historical information is collected.

Also consider contacting historical societies for further assistance.

Ann Arbor District Library

Clipping file for the

Detroit Free Press (for items related to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan) and Ann Arbor News

Ann Arbor District Library is on the corner of William St. and Fifth Ave. The clipping file is on the second floor and is freely available to the public and covers clippings to 2003. Staff at the Reference Desk can answer any questions about the clipping file as well as an online file that indexes articles in 2004. The Library's phone number is 734-327-4200.

Black Biographical Dictionaries, 1790-1950

Provides ready access to biographical information on more than 30,000 African Americans and many of the entries are clippings from newspapers. Available on microfiche in the Hatcher Graduate Library Serials and Microforms Services on the second floor under the call number MICRO-F 2161.

Schomburg Center Clipping File

The Schomburg clipping file is composed of periodical and newspaper clippings selected from the archives of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. These materials deal with the global history and culture of black people as well as the black experience, primarily in the United States, from 1925-1988. Included are newspaper clippings, broadsides, programs, playbills, leaflets, pamphlets, newsletters, book reviews, typescripts, menus and other types of ephemera. The call number for the clipping file is MICRO-F X392 in Serials/Microforms Services in 203 Hatcher on the second floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library.

Hampton University Newspaper Clipping File

55,000 clippings from nearly 100 black newspapers provide a unique journalistic record of black political, economic and cultural life in the early twentieth century with particular emphasis on the rural South. Virtually every facet of black life is covered from national events such as debates over voter disenfranchisement and Jim Crow legislation to local issues such as a black mother from Downingtown, Pennsylvania fighting the School Board order that would have sent her children to a segregated basement school. The name and subject index are also available in Serials/Microforms, 203 Hatcher Graduate Library. The call number for the clipping file is MICRO-F 1324.