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Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Tuskegee Institute News Clipping File, edited by John W. Kitchens. Free with collection.
Media: 252 reels of 35mm microfilm
Coverage Dates: 1899-1966

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Black disenfranchisement . . . the Scottsboro case . . . Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. . . . the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The issues, events, and people that make up the modern black experience in America and throughout the world are numerous, and the history of this race is fraught with struggle and achievement.

Students in black studies, American history, and sociology can access a comprehensive file for researching twentieth-century black experience in the United States, Africa, and throughout the world. The Tuskegee Institute News Clipping File contains hundreds of thousands of individual news clippings compiled from more than 300 major national dailies, leading Southeastern dailies, black newspapers, magazines, religious and special interest publications, and foreign newspapers. Researchers will find primary source coverage on issues of concern to African-Americans from 1899 to 1966.

The history of black struggles and successes can be traced over the years through these materials, and a special insight can be attained by viewing history through the eyes of the legitimate press.

The file is augmented with significant correspondence, reports, and speeches, and covers a wide range of historical and contemporary topics including:

  • Africa
  • Civil rights
  • Employment
  • Music, poetry, and art
  • Segregation
  • Anti-Negro groups
  • Education
  • Ku Klux Klan
  • Race relations
  • Racial consciousness

This remarkable resource was begun by eminent black sociologist Dr. Monroe Nathan Work of the Tuskegee Institute. As head of the Institute's Department of Records and Research, it was his responsibility to gather, organize, and disseminate information about blacks. Dr. Work compiled information from newspapers and periodicals, press clipping bureaus, books, government statistics and reports, questionnaires, correspondence, and other sources. Fortunately, his successors continued with the systematic collection of these materials.

Filmed from the holdings of the Tuskegee Institute Archives, this collection represents a complete and descriptive record of the social, political, cultural, and economic transitions throughout modern African-American history.

The collection is available as a whole, or in six parts:

Part 1, 1900-1933

Part 2, 1934-1944

Part 3, 1945-1953

Part 4, 1954-1959

Part 5, 1960-1966

Part 6: Miscellaneous files (Lynching, Necrology, Slavery, Emancipation Celebrations, Theatrical: Individuals, Troupes, etc., Theaters & Motion Pictures, Towns & Settlements, Cartoons, Inventions, Historical Data, Soldiers, Music, Poetry and Art) plus Negro Yearbooks (1912-1952).

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