African Newspapers, Series 1, 1800-1922

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    Part of the World Newspaper Archive, created by CRL in partnership with Readex, African Newspapers, Series 1, 1800-1922 provides access to almost 70 newspapers published between 1800 and 1922 in Sub-Saharan Africa. Content features English- and foreign-language titles from countries including Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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    African Newspapers, Series 1, 1800-1922  was released in 2012 as the second collection module of the World Newspaper Archive, produced by CRL in partnership with Readex, a division of NewsBank. This collection provides access to more than 40 fully searchable African newspaper titles, published between 1800 and 1922. African Newspapers features titles from Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Languages include English, German, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Sotho, and others.

    Titles were recommended by WNA Charter Participants, faculty members, and subject experts from the Cooperative Africana Materials Project (CAMP). The final material was selected for its breadth of coverage, diversity of viewpoints, and historical significance. Titles include such key publications as:

    • East African Standard, Mombasa Times and Uganda Argus (Kenya)
    • Leselinyana la Lesutho (Lesotho)
    • O Africano (Mozambique)
    • Lagos Standard (Nigeria)
    • Cape Town Gazette and African Advertiser (South Africa)
    • Ilanga Lase Natal (South Africa)
    • Buluwayo Chronicle (Zimbabwe)

    A complete list of titles can be found on Readex's site.

    The titles are cross-searchable with other modules of the World Newspaper Archive, as well as with other Readex products such as America’s Historical Newspapers.


    Access to the World Newspaper Archive is provided by Readex through IP authentication to institutions that have purchased access. To access the collection, please visit your library’s homepage for Readex products and click on World Newspaper Archive or visit the collection directly:

    CRL and its partners provide long-term access to a rich and diverse set of international scholarly resources. CRL continues to maintain microfilm copies of all WNA papers as well, and makes them available to its community as a regular benefit of CRL membership.

    Additional Reviews in Other Sources

    Godleski, Nancy M. "African Newspapers." The Charleston Advisor. July 2011. pp 18-20. Accessed November 26, 2013.

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