The Pittsburgh Courier Historical Archive has just been added to the Penn Libraries website. It includes full page and article images with searchable full text from 1911-2002. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
As Penn librarian Nick Okrent explains: “At its height in the 1940s the Pittsburgh Courier was one of the most important African American newspapers in the country, had a national circulation of over 350,000 and was as widely read as the Chicago Defender and Baltimore Afro-American. It is famous for its coverage of racial stereotypes in popular media, segregation in the military, Jim Crow in the South and African American figures in sports, and is a vital source of information about the Great Migration.”
Other African American newspapers available online include:
The Chicago Defender, 1910-1975
Ethnic News Watch, database of multiple titles, 1959-present
African American Newspapers: The 19th Century
The Baltimore African American, 1902-1978 (free registration required)
The Washington Bee, 1900-1910