Newberry Acquires ProQuest Version of the Chicago Defender | Newberry

Newberry Acquires ProQuest Version of the Chicago Defender

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We are excited to announce the Newberry’s new subscription to the Chicago Defender from ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Covering the years 1909-1975, this digital archive allows full-text searching of all of the Defender’s content, including articles, advertisements, editorials, and photographs. As the leading national newspaper for African Americans, with two-thirds of its readership residing outside of Chicago, the paper played key roles during the Great Migration, Jim Crow, and Civil Rights Eras. Both an agent in, and a chronicler of, its era, the Defender is a vital source for researching the history of Chicago, 20th-century American history, migration, and urban development.

This subscription to the Defender, available onsite at the library, greatly augments the Newberry’s other digital newspaper subscriptions, the Chicago Tribune (1849-1992) and New York Times (1851-2012), as well as its vast collection of non-digital newspaper holdings. For a full list of the Newberry’s electronic databases, click here.