African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography

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Overview

"We wish to plead our own cause. Too long have others spoken for us." These words are from the front page of Freedom's Journal, the first African-American newspaper published in the United States, in 1827, a milestone event in the history of an oppressed people. From then on a prodigious and hitherto almost unknown cascade of newspapers, magazines, letters, and other literary, historical, and popular writing poured from presses chronicling black life in America.

The authentic voice of African-American culture is captured in this first comprehensive guide to a treasure trove of writings by and for a people, as found in sources in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. This bibliography of over 6,000 entries is the indispensable guide to the stories of slavery, freedom, Jim Crow, segregation, liberation, struggle, and triumph.

Besides describing many new discoveries--from church documents to early civil rights ephemera, from school records to single-mother newsletters, from artists' journals to labor publications--this work informs researchers where and how to find them (for example, through online databases, microfilm, or traditional catalogs).

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Editorial Reviews

Wisconsin State Journal

The first comprehensive guide to all known newspapers and magazines by and about African-Americans. With the oldest recorded publications dating back to 1827, the two-volume bibliography accounts for close to 6,500 titles in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. For each description, the book informs the researchers where certain copies of the publication can be found, either on microfilm or a hard copy. National Endowment for the Humanities President William Ferris called the work a 'historic landmark.'
— Elizabeth Hurt

MultiCultural Review

A remarkable achievement in bibliographic scholarship...The result of a 10-year project of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, African-American Newspapers and Periodicals fills a need long felt by archivists, librarians, and scholars for a national comprehensive bibliography and union list of African-American newspapers and periodicals.
— Catherine Crohan

Choice

Impressive and authoritative, this annotated bibliography describes more than 6,000 African American newspapers and periodicals...A moving introduction by Danky describes the project, and how the collecting habits of libraries have not always worked toward the identification, collection, and preservation of African American publications. The resulting work is a remarkable labor of love and an invaluable contribution to American history, African American studies, and reference resources.
— S. A. Vega Garcia

Publishing Research Quarterly

The location of 6562 titles is in itself amazing. Many are short-lived, meeting the fate of most publishing ventures, and never established themselves as economically or culturally viable. For many years most libraries did not intentionally collect Negro publications. Yet here they are...I call it an invaluable resource.
— Albert Henderson

Wisconsin State Journal - Elizabeth Hurt
The first comprehensive guide to all known newspapers and magazines by and about African-Americans. With the oldest recorded publications dating back to 1827, the two-volume bibliography accounts for close to 6,500 titles in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. For each description, the book informs the researchers where certain copies of the publication can be found, either on microfilm or a hard copy. National Endowment for the Humanities President William Ferris called the work a 'historic landmark.'
MultiCultural Review - Catherine Crohan
A remarkable achievement in bibliographic scholarship...The result of a 10-year project of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, African-American Newspapers and Periodicals fills a need long felt by archivists, librarians, and scholars for a national comprehensive bibliography and union list of African-American newspapers and periodicals.
Choice - S. A. Vega Garcia
Impressive and authoritative, this annotated bibliography describes more than 6,000 African American newspapers and periodicals...A moving introduction by Danky describes the project, and how the collecting habits of libraries have not always worked toward the identification, collection, and preservation of African American publications. The resulting work is a remarkable labor of love and an invaluable contribution to American history, African American studies, and reference resources.
Publishing Research Quarterly - Albert Henderson
The location of 6562 titles is in itself amazing. Many are short-lived, meeting the fate of most publishing ventures, and never established themselves as economically or culturally viable. For many years most libraries did not intentionally collect Negro publications. Yet here they are...I call it an invaluable resource.
Library Journal
This guide provides information about 6500 African American periodicals, from the publication of Freedom's Journal in 1827 to present-day publications ranging from West Harlem Environmental Action's Uptown Eye to Callaloo: A Journal of African-American and African Arts and Letters and Voorhees College's Southern Voice. Drawing from the work of Wisconsin's African-American Newspapers and Periodicals Bibliography Project (1989-98), Danky--the periodicals librarian at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin--has compiled information about periodicals published between 1827 and 1998. Arranged alphabetically by running title, entries list the frequency of publication, current editor and editorial address, subscription rates, publisher, previous editors, variations in title and place or frequency of publication, indexing; ISSN, LC card number, OCLC control number, subjects, and holdings. Indexes are arranged by writing genres, subjects, editor's names, publisher's names, and state. There is also a thoughtful introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr. For larger collections with interests in publishing and African American studies.--Elizabeth Connor, Medical Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Charleston Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Meet the Author

James P. Danky is Newspapers and Periodicals Librarian at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the editor of Black Periodicals and Newspapers.

Maureen E. Hady is Assistant Head, Acquisitions, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and is the Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Brief History of the Project

Acknowledgments

How to Use the Bibliography

Guide to Indexes

Guide to Libraries

Microfilm Sources

Data Listings

Introduction by James P. Danky

Bibliography

Subject and Feature Index

Editors Index

Publishers Index

Geographic Index

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