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Researching Black History of the Pacific Northwest: Home

A resource for finding materials related to Black and/or African-American history of the Pacific Northwest. This guide was created for use in OSU's annual "Writing Black History of the Pacific Northwest into Wikipedia" editathon.

Mapping Black History

Open Online Resources

Historic Oregon Newspapers

On this site you can search and access complete content for historic Oregon newspapers that have been digitized as part of the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP). This full-text searchable database contains almost 1,400,000 pages from Oregon newspapers dated 1846 - 2020. A complete list of newspapers titles can be found on the Title page.

Washington Digital Newspapers

The Washington Digital Newspapers program brings together over 400,000 pages from the earliest online Washington Territorial newspaper collection with titles digitized by the state library.

Chronicling America

Historic newspapers from the Library of Congress. You can narrow searches by state and dates.

The History of Portland's African American Community 

"This document is not intended to provide a set of conclusions about the African American experience in Portland. The intent is to educate the general public about the African American presence in Portland by highlighting significant places, events, institutions, individuals and group achievements from 1805 to 1993".

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