African Newspapers: World Newspaper Archive Expands

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The Library is proud to support the World Newspaper Archive, a project to digitize historical nineteenth- and twentieth-century newspapers from around the globe.

  The first collection, 35 Latin American newspapers,

was made available in 2009.  The Archive is now expanding with titles from Africa, selected for their historical significance, breadth of coverage, and diversity of viewpoints. 

African Newspapers currently provides full pages from some 25 papers, published between 1800 and 1922, with more content to be added by year-end.  The papers were originally published in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, in a range of languages including English, German, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Xhosa, and Sotho.  Notable titles include the East African Standard, a prominent English-language newspaper in East Africa in the early 20th century; Imvo Zabantsundu, the first newspaper in South Africa owned and controlled by Africans; and Buluwayo Chronicle, one of the earliest press publications in what is now known as Zimbabwe.  Additional titles include:

  • Leselinyana la Lesutho (Lesotho)
  • O Africano (Mozambique)
  • Lagos Standard (Nigeria)
  • Cape Town Gazette and African Advertiser (South Africa)
  • Ilanga Lase Natal (South Africa)

The World Newspaper Archive represents a cooperative project between the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and Readex.  McMaster joins Harvard University; New York Public Library; Princeton University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; University of Texas; University of Washington; and Yale University as a Charter Member.