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Chicago African American and Latinx Newspapers Microfilm Collection

Identifier: spe-c00071

Scope and Contents

The newspapers chosen for the seven microfilm reels in this collection cover Chicago neighborhood and independent African American and Latinx papers that derive from originals held at Chicago History Museum. The inventory below reflects the Chicago History Museum’s catalog records. The chart below matches different titles to respective neighborhoods or subjects.


  • Creation: 1936 - 2004

Conditions Governing Access

Materials open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Please consult staff to determine ability to reuse materials from collection.

Biographical / Historical

The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) began in 1987, as part of the United States Newspaper Program (USNP), a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to identify, catalog, and preserve American newspapers. Since that time, the INP has been staffed by librarians from the Illinois State Historical Library (ISHL), the Chicago Historical Society (CHS), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library.


.5 Linear Feet (includes 7 microfilm reels)

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Abstract The issues from 40 different newspapers chosen for this Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) derive from neighborhood and independent African American and Latinx papers in the Chicago area. The newspapers on these reels complement the runs of newspapers held by Chicago Public Library. The originals are held at Chicago History Museum.


The inventory is organized into 2 series:

Series 1: African American Newspapers, 1936-2003

Series 2: Latinx Newspapers, 1957-2004

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Microfilm produced from newspapers at Chicago History Museum as part of the Illinois Newspaper Project over the course of 1989-2009.

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Guide to the Chicago African American and Latinx Newspapers Microfilm Collection
Michelle McCoy. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Michelle McCoy, 2023.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Unit at Harold Washington Library Center Repository

Harold Washington Library Center, 9th Floor
Chicago Public Library
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605 United States
(312) 747-4875