Newspapers, Magazines & Journals

Newspapers, Magazines & Journals

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Special Collections maintains current subscriptions to newspapers, magazines and journals that focus on Washington, D.C.. In addition, subscriptions are held for African-American magazines, journals and out-of-state local newspapers. Microfilm copies of many daily local newspapers published from 1800 to the present including African-American titles are available. A large collection of titles that focus on the nation’s capital, but are no longer published, are available in hard copy. 
 

Free Access to Online Resources

Click the links below and use your library card and PIN number to log in via the Library’s website. 

Washington, D.C. Current & Historic Newspapers

The Evening Star
1852 - 1981

Search and browse "scanned" copies of every page of every issue of the Star, long considered the "hometown paper of record" for the nation’s capital. 

  • 1987-Present - The full-text electronic edition.

  • 1877 to 1997 -  Digital edition with full text searching of each page, individual articles and images.

Regional titles include:

  • The Washington Times
  • Washington Jewish Week
  • The Intowner
  • Washington Examiner
  • Asian Fortune
  • El Pregonero
  • And others

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Some historic D.C. newspapers have been digitized and are keyword searchable through Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (no library card required). Coverage for Washington, D.C. publications includes the years 1864–1922. Chronicling America is a Library of Congress-sponsored project that has digitized parts of local newspapers from all over the U.S.


Black Studies Current & Historic Newspapers   

Afro American Washington, D.C. Red Star edition from April 2006 to the present and Afro American Baltimore, Md. edition from April 2003 to the present. Both are available in full-text. 


Historic Black Newspapers

Provides full-text access to historic content from four major African American newspapers: The Chicago Defender (1909-1975), The New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), The Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003) and The Baltimore Afro American (1893-1988).


Accessible Archives

Accessible Archives provides a searchable collection of African American Newspapers from 19th century that includes Washington, D.C. resources. It emphasizes eyewitness accounts of historical events, editorials, popular culture, and commerce during the 19th century for America from resources such as: Christian Recorder, Colored American, Frederick Douglass's Paper, Freedom's Journal, National Era, North Star, Provincial Freeman and Weekly Advocate


Black Studies Center, Abolitionist Papers, History Makers, and BSC Dissertations

Includes the International Index to Black Periodicals and the Index to Black Literature and other journal and newspaper titles available in full-text. 

Additional African and African American newspapers, magazines and journals are available in full-text through the library's Black Studies Online Resources.  
 

Print and Microfilm Holdings (In-House Access Only)

Current subscriptions in hard copy and some back issues are available. Call ahead to confirm availability for specific titles and issues by date. The Washingtoniana Collection includes Washington, D.C.-focused publications, including local African American publications. Complete runs of many daily D.C. newspaper titles from 1800 to the present are available. The Black Studies Center carries African-American publications, out-of-state African-American local newspapers and The Muslim Journal. See the lists below for holdings.

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