New Online: “Minnesota Historical Society Digitizes Three Decades of Minnesota’s Longest-Running Black-Owned Newspaper”
From the Pioneer Press/TwinCities.com:
The Minnesota Historical Society has digitized 30 years’ worth of coverage from the state’s oldest continuously operating Black-owned newspaper, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder.
Researchers will now be able to browse issues of the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder dating back to the the mid-1930s on MNHS’s digital newspaper hub, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the historical society.
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“This historical resource is the only place where you are going to find Black history then and now,” said Tracey Williams-Dillard, CEO and publisher of the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder. “Having our paper available online from its very beginning in 1934 is a great resource and we want to make sure people use it.”
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder is the oldest Black-owned newspaper in the state of Minnesota and one of the longest-standing, family-owned newspapers in the country.
The later years of the St. Paul Recorder through 1963, and the Twin-City Herald will be going into the Hub over the next few months. MNHS also plans to digitize the Timely Digest, which would round out the publications produced by Cecil E. Newman, founder of the Spokesman-Recorder newspapers.
The digitized Minneapolis Spokesman, St. Paul Recorder, and Twin City Herald newspapers will also be made available in Chronicling America, the Library of Congress’s online newspaper website. This project was funded by a National Digital Newspaper Program grant provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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