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America in the 1960s and 1970s: Finding Newspaper Articles

Why Newspapers?

You can use historical newspapers to find out how issues and events were reported during a specific time in history.

The Alternative Press

Alternative Press Index. 1969- . Index to journals, magazines, and newspapers offering an alternative, radical, or left perspective. Online beginning with 1991. Available?

From Radical Left to Extreme Right: A Bibliography of Current Periodicals of Protest, Controversy, Advocacy, or Dissent. 3 vols. 2d ed. Robert H. Muller. Ann Arbor, Campus Publishers, 1970-1976. Available?

Censorship of the Alternative Press: A Descriptive Study of the Social and Political Control of Radical Periodicals (1964-1973). Ruth Marie Eshenaur. Thesis, Southern Illinois University, 1975. Available?

Rutgers Newspapers

Finding Newspaper Articles From the 1960s and 1970s

Historical New York Times
Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. Rutgers-restricted Access.
Historical Washington Post
Search and display the full image of articles published in the Washington Post between 1877 and 2000. Rutgers-restricted Access.
Chicago Defender
The Chicago Defender was the most influential African-American newspaper of the 20th century. With the majority of its readership outside the Chicago region, it served as the de facto national black newspaper in the U.S. Search and display the full text of articles published between 1910 and 1975. Rutgers-restricted Access.
Ethnic NewsWatch
Full text collection of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press back to 1960. Rutgers-restricted Access.
Southern Courier
Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the Southern Courier provided objective coverage of the civil rights struggle in the South. 1965-1968.

Other Newspapers at Rutgers

Many other newspapers are available at Rutgers on microfilm.

In general you would check for newspapers in the Rutgers Libraries in the same way that you would check for any other periodical--search the Catalog with the title as your search term, and "Journal Title" as your search type.

Not Available at Rutgers?

The Rutgers Libraries are members of the Center for Research Libraries, which has a large collection of newspapers on microfilm. Rutgers students and faculty may borrow microfilm reels via Interlibrary Loan.

The The New York Public Library has a large collection of newspapers, including a number of newspapers that are available online. (These would need to be used on-site).

Not Sure What the Local Newspapers Were?

Newspapers in Microform. United States.
Washington : Library of Congress, 2 vols.
Lists newspapers published in the U.S. by state, city, and title. Available?