A digitization project of the University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, done in collaboration with the nationally recognized Indianapolis Recordernewspaper, makes available online 106 years of black history.
Indianapolis Recorder Publisher Emeritus Carolene Mays granted IUPUI University Library copyright permission to create a comprehensive online archive of the Recorder. The full-text searchable archive of the African-American newspaper is available at http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/digitalscholarship/collections/Irecorder.
The free and open access resource makes more than 5,000 issues of the community newspaper — dated from 1899 to 2005 and captured from the microfilm version of the weekly broadsheet — available through the Web.
It is rare for newspapers to make their copyright backfiles available, and in most cases newspapers published after 1923 are not available on the Web, according to University Library Dean David Lewis.
The digital product also provides a new opportunity for the Indianapolis community to help fill in long-lost issues of the paper. Missing from the historical record are Recorder issues published from 1917 to 1925, and January to April of 1932. Individuals with copies of — or clips from — the missing issues should contact Jennifer Johnson at 317-278-6709 for additional information.