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Chicago History

This guide provides resources for information pertaining to Chicago History.

Suggested Databases

The below resources can assist with researching for information on Africana Studies:

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Chicago Defender (1910-1975)  

Historical collection of Chicago's premier African-American newspaper.


Chicago Tribune (1985-current)

Full text coverage from today's news and historical coverage back to 1985.


Chicago Tribune (1849-1990)

Historical collection from Chicago Tribune covering the years 1849-1990.


Ethnic Newswatch 

This database presents multi-ethnic and multi-cultural points of view from newspapers,  magazines, and journals.


Harper’s Historical Archive

Electronic Access to Harper's Weekly with dates ranging from 1857-1912.