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African American Studies: Newspapers


Some African American historical and current newspapers are available electronically through subscription databases from UC Berkeley.  

The Library's Newspaper & Microforms Room holds a number of African American newspapers from throughout the U.S. Papers on microfilm are shelved in title order by state.  Currently received print titles are shelved by title.  Some titles are also available in the Bancroft Library. Examples of California papers are listed below.  Click on the newspaper title to link to its UC Library Search record.

The California Voice (Oakland) Location: News/Micro NEWSFILM-1 (separate issues)

Flatlands (Oakland) Location:  News/Micro MICROFILM 78777, Bancroft BANC NMP 6764:2:3

The Oakland Post Location: News/Micro NEWSPRINT-1

The Sacramento Observer Location: News/Micro NEWSFILM-1 

The Sun-Reporter (San Francisco) Location: News/Micro NEWSFILM-1

The Peninsula Bulletin (East Palo Alto) Location:  News/Micro NEWSFILM-1

Los Angeles Tribune (Los Angeles, 1941-1960) Location:  library only has selected issues, mainly from 1947-1952 in News/Micro NEWSFILM-1; 1943-1960 are included in African American Newspapers, Series 1.

The California Eagle (Los Angeles) Location: library has 1913-1930, 1944-53 in News/Micro NEWSFILM-1

The Stanford Library has one of the largest collection of newspapers in print and microfilm in the United States.  They are available for on-site viewing by UCB affiliated persons. The Center for Research Libraries lends newspapers on microfilm to UCB patrons.  


Additional Sources

Using Microfilm & Microfiche

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The UC Berkeley Libraries has extensive microform (microfilm and microfiche) collections, containing valuable information for researchers.

Microfilm and microfiche owned by the UC Berkeley Libraries can be found through UC Library Search. Use the Advanced Search to search for the title or a topic and combine that with a call number search for microfilm (or microfiche, if that is the format you are looking for). 


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The Newspapers/Microfillm room is closed, but library staff will page items for you. To make a request, please send an email to and include as much information as possible about the collection or item that you would like to view. They will reply generally within a couple of business days. Items they are able to page will be placed at the Doe Circulation Desk; they can be viewed at microform readers nearby. For further questions, please contact Paul Lynch, head of the Newspapers & Microforms Library.