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African American Newspapers

Image of the Kansas State Globe newspaperOver 80 African American owned and operated newspapers have been published in Kansas. This list gives the reel numbers for microfilm available at the KSHS Library or through interlibrary loan.  Most of these titles, many with additional issues, are available online (at KSHS and other libraries by subscription) from Newsbank, Inc.

For additional resources, see the Research African American History page or read a short article at Cool Things: African American newspapers.

By city in Kansas: A B C E F H I K L N P S T W Other States

A

Atchison

The Atchison Blade, 1892-1898, broken run, A863 and A1377
Online from Newsbank, Inc.

B

Baxter Springs

The Southern Argus, Jun. 18, 1891 - Oct. 8, 1891, B927 and N16
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

C

Cherokee

Kansas, Homestead, Oct., 23, 1899 - Jan. 6, 1900, C2638
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Coffeyville

Afro-American Advocate, Sep. 2, 1891 - Sept. 1, 1893, incomplete, C598
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The American, Apr. 23, 1898 - Apr. 1, 1899, scattered, C598
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Coffeyville Herald, Mar. 21, 1908 - Jun. 13, 1908, broken, C598
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Coffeyville Times, Mar. 25, 1939, single issue, not on film

Coffeyville Vindicator, Dec. 17, 1904 - Nov. 2, 1906, broken, C2717 and C2718
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

E

Emporia

Emporia Citizen, Mar. 1, 1932 - Nov. 1, 1932, A1627
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

F

Fort Scott

Colored Citizen, Apr. 19, 1878 - Jul. 5, 1878, T1031

Fair Play, Apr. 22, 1898 - Jun. 16, 1899, P370
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Messenger, 1917 - 1918, F671
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Southern Argus, Oct. 15, 1891 - Feb. 4, 1892, F674 and N16

H

Hutchinson

Blade, Jul. 27, 1918, Dec. 20, 1919 - Apr. 1, 1922, H690
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Hutchinson Journal, Jul. 11, 1908, single issue, H1396
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

I

Independence

People's Elevator, Jan. 5, 1928 - Jul. 24, 1930, I4

K

Kansas City

Advocate, Nov. 11, 1916 - May 7, 1926, K1, K2, K3 and K4
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The American Citizen Jul. 26, 1889 - Aug. 2, 1907, broken, N15 and T9
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Daily American Citizen, Nov. 11, 1897 - Feb. 7, 1900, incomplete, K5
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Kansas City Globe, July 1 - 8, 1982, single issue, not on film

Kansas Elevator, Feb. 16, 1916 - Nov. 4, 1916, K965
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Kansas State Globe, Oct. 5, 1983 - , see newspaper database

National Review, Apr. 26, 1913 - Oct. 25, 1913, N13
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

People's Elevator, Aug. 19, 1937 - 1940, scattered
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Plaindealer, 1932 - Nov. 7, 1958, T1271 thru T1279
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Topics, May 16, 1895 - Dec. 7, 1895, incomplete, K986
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Western Christian Recorder, Feb. 26, 1898 - Aug. 19, 1899, K542
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Wyandotte Echo, Apr. 4, 1930 - Dec. 24, 1937, K543 and K544
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

L

Lawrence

For Our People, Sept. 8, 1971, single issue, E1259
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Harambee, Jan. 1, 1971, single issue, J432
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Historic Times, Jul. 11, 1891 - Nov. 14, 1891, N16
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Western Recorder, Mar. 17, 1883 - Nov. 6, 1884, L774
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Leavenworth

Leavenworth Advocate, Aug. 18, 1888 - Aug. 22, 1891, incomplete, L825
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Leavenworth Colored Radical, Aug. 24, 1876 - Nov. 16, 1876, scattered, N13
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Leavenworth Herald, Feb. 17, 1894 - Apr. 23, 1898, scattered, L837 and L838
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

N

Nicodemus

Nicodemus Cyclone, Dec. 30, 1887 - Sep. 7, 1888, incomplete, N15 and N215
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Nicodemus Enterprise, Aug. 17, 1887 - Dec. 23, 1887, N15 and N215
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Western Cyclone, May 13, 1886 - Dec. 16, 1887, N15 and N215

P

Parsons

Eye Opener, Jul. 9, 1892 - Dec. 25, 1892, P1337
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Parsons Weekly Blade, Sep. 24, 1892 - Dec. 28, 1900, scattered, P90, P91, P92 and P1357
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Peru

Freeman's Lance, Sep. 4, 1891, single issue, P370
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Pittsburg

Afro-American Review, Feb., May & June, 1915, P1287

The Pittsburg Plain Dealer, Aug. 5, 1899 - May 12, 1900, scattered, P696

The Uplift, Dec. 5, 1914 - Dec. 12, 1914, N13
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

S

Salina

Afro-American Review, Feb. 1, 1915, N13
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Black Word is ---, June 1971 - Feb. 1978, broken, not on film

Enterprise, Nov. 14, 1908 - Feb. 4, 1909, S1686
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Sedan

The Sedan Lance, 1892 - 1909, S563

Stockton

The Western Globe, Aug. 1, 1902 - Oct. 10, 1902, three issues, S1273

T

Topeka

The American Citizen, Feb. 23, 1888 - Jul. 19, 1889, N15 and T9
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Baptist Headlight, Sept. 15, 1893 - Aug. 8, 1894, incomplete, N16

The Benevolent Banner, May 21, 1887 - Oct. 22, 1887, N15
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Capital Plaindealer, Sep. 30, 1936 - Aug. 6, 1938, T1027
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Colored Citizen, Jul. 26, 1878 - Nov. 16, 1900, T1031 and T1032

The Colored Patriot, Apr. 20, 1882 - Jun. 22, 1882, N15
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Daily Ledger, Jun. 13, 1893 - Jun. 20, 1893, T2561

The Evening Call, Jun. 13, 1893 - Jul. 8, 1893, N16 and T2569
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Herald of Kansas, Jan. 30, 1880 - Jun. 11, 1880, N15
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Kansas American, Mar. 21, 1936, single issue, T1127 and T1193, see also Kansas Whip

Kansas Baptist Herald, Nov. 11, 1911 - May 3, 1913, broken, T2753
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Kansas Blackman, Apr. 20, 1887 - Jun. 29, 1887, C2709 and N16

The Kansas Eagle, Dec. 21, 1934 - Dec. 19, 1935, T1193, see also Kansas Whip

Kansas Sentinel, Jul. 7, 1960 - Nov. 26, 1960, N13
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Kansas State Tribune, Oct. 6, 1881, single issue, T2754
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Kansas Watchman, May 25, 1905 - Nov. 17, 1905, N13
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Kansas Herald, Jan. 30, 1880 - Feb. 6, 1880, N15

Kansas Whip (later known as Kansas Eagle and Kansas American), Nov. 2, 1934 - Sep. 30, 1955, T1127 and T1193

The Little Weekly, Apr. 9, 1938 - Jun. 25, 1938, incomplete, T2653
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Messenger, Jun. 14, 1969 - Jan. 21, 1970, N13
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The National Watchman, May 9, 1914, single issue, N13 and T2691
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The People's Friend, Dec. 11, 1896, single issue, N16

The Plaindealer, Jan. 6, 1899 - Dec. 25, 1931, T1263 thru T1271
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Sentinel, Jul. 7, 1960 - Jul. 8, 1964, N13 and T2622

The State Ledger, July 22, 1892 - Jun. 16, 1906, scattered, T1171, T1172 and T1173
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Times-Observer, Sep. 4, 1891 - Sep. 10, 1892, T2052
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Topeka Call, Jun. 28, 1891 - Mar. 26, 1893, T19 and T20
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Topeka Daily Plaindealer, Aug. 12, 1907 - Aug. 16, 1907, T2561

Topeka Ebony Times, Mar. 7, 1974 - May, 1974, incomplete, not on film

Topeka Post-Review, Oct. 1, 1970 - Feb. 1, 1971, three issues, T2735
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Topeka Tribune, Jun. 24, 1880 - Dec. 25, 1880, T2054
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Topeka Tribune & Western Recorder, May 9, 1885 - Oct. 24, 1885, T2755
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

W

Weir City

Eagle, Nov. 17, 1887 - Mar. 23, 1900, N13
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Wichita

The American Times, Mar. 7, 1908 - Mar. 28, 1908, C2170
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Colored Citizen, Feb. 21, 1903 - Feb. 6, 1904, incomplete, N13
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Kansas Black Journal, Mar. 24, 1983 - Dec. 27, 1984, NP5076 (also Jan. 3 - May 16, 1985, not on film)

Kansas Headlight, Aug. 24, 1894 - Sep. 14, 1894, two issues, C2170 and N16
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Kansas Sunflower, Sep. 26, 1890 - Nov. 7, 1890, W3486
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Kansas Voice, Oct. 19, 1946 - Sep. 26, 1947, W3486
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Kansas Weekly Journal, Oct. 9, 1980 - Mar. 5, 1981, NP5076
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Midwest News Press, Mar. 7, 1959 - Apr. 4, 1959, W3490
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

National Baptist World, Aug. 31, 1894 - Nov. 23, 1894, N14
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The National Reflector, Dec. 8, 1895 - Dec. 25, 1897, scattered, W2165 and W3491
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Negro Star, May 7, 1920 - Dec. 26, 1952, W2166 thru W2171
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

News Hawk, Mar. 5 - 12, 1979, single issue, W3491
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The People's Elevator, Feb. 21, 1924 - Dec. 29, 1927, I4
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The People's Friend, May 24, 1894 - Sep. 28, 1894, N14
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Wichita Factarian, Feb. 26, 1914 - Apr. 2, 1914, C2170 and N13
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Wichita Globe, Feb. 17, 1887 - Oct. 29, 1887, W3467
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Wichita Post-Observer, Jan. 2, 1953 - Jul. 31, 1953, W2172
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Wichita Protest, Jun. 19, 1923 - Oct. 19, 1923, W3506
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Wichita Searchlight, Jun. 2, 1900 - Oct. 26, 1912, scattered, W2178 thru W2183
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

Wichita Times, Mar. 16, 1972 - Sep. 22, 1977, NP5074 and NP5075
Online at Newsbank, Inc.

The Wichita Tribune, Jul. 23, 1898 - Mar. 14, 1898, incomplete, N14

Other States

These are arranged alphabetically by state, city and newspaper title

California

San Francisco

Elevator, 1888, N16

Vindicator, 1888, N16

Illinois

Chicago

The Conservator, Nov. 18, 1882 - Dec. 18, 1886, incomplete, N14

Iowa

Des Moines

Iowa Baptist Standard, May 21, 1897, N14

The Weekly Advocate, Jan. 20, 1893, N14

Missouri

St. Louis

The American Eagle, Dec. 17, 1905, N14

Springfield

The American Negro , Oct. 25, 1890, N14

Nebraska

Omaha

The Progress, June 21, 1890, N14

New York

New York City

The Ram's Horn, Nov. 5, 1847, N14

Virginia

Richmond

The Virginia Star, May 11, 1878 - Dec. 23, 1882, N14