The following press release was written by ProQuest Information and Learning:
SEATTLE, Jan. 19 -- This summer, ProQuest Information and Learning is introducing the New York Amsterdam News and Pittsburgh Courier to its growing collection of ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Historical Newspapers users can research events that shaped the United States, including the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights Movement, through the voice of two widely circulated Black newspapers. These titles may also be accessed through ProQuest Black Studies Center, allowing cross-searching with other content sets focused on the African-American experience.
"These titles are invaluable for any scholar studying American history and African-American culture, history, politics and art," said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of ProQuest Information and Learning. "These additions will open up new areas of research and offer vital comparison of news stories from New York Amsterdam News and Pittsburgh Courier with the other national newspapers and publications."
Both the New York Amsterdam News and Pittsburgh Courier served as influential voices of the black community throughout the 20th century. New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), a leading Black newspaper of the 20th century, was a strong advocate for the desegregation of the U.S. military during World War II, and also covered the historic Harlem Renaissance. The Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002), one of the most nationally circulated Black newspapers, reached its peak in the 1930s. A conservative voice in the African-American community, the Courier challenged the misrepresentation of African-Americans in the national media and advocated social reforms to advance the cause of civil rights.
The New York Amsterdam News and Pittsburgh Courier are available through ProQuest Historical Newspapers. The ProQuest Historical Newspapers program encompasses newspapers with deep historical value for researchers in various fields. The New York Amsterdam News and Pittsburgh Courier will join other prestigious U.S. newspapers already in the ProQuest program: The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Constitution, The Boston Globe, The Hartford Courant, The New York Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor. All of the newspapers are cross-searchable within the award-winning ProQuest interface.
The new titles are also available through the Black Studies Center, published by ProQuest's Chadwyck-Healey brand, allowing cross-searching with other content sets focused on the African-American experience. Black Studies Center is a digital resource that creates a framework for undergraduate and graduate level Black Studies courses and filling information gaps that have stymied research and study. Black Studies Center provides a central point of access to the most sought-after documents that chronicle and analyze the Black experience.