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IUPUI Library and Indianapolis Recorder put 106 years of Black history online

A digitalization project of the University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in collaboration with the nationally recognized Indianapolis Recorder newspaper makes 106 years of Black history available at your fingertips.

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 is available online.

This free and open access resource makes well over 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 World Wide Web.

The Indianapolis Recorder is the single most important tool for researching the history of African Americans in Indianapolis during the 20th century, says Wilma Moore, senior archivist of African-American History, Indiana Historical Society Library & Archives.

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 historic record are the Recorder issues published from 1917-1925, and January-April of 1932. Individuals with copies of or clips from the missing issues should contact IUPUI's Jennifer Johnson for additional information.

IUPUI University Library is a leader in facilitating the advancement of free and open access and fair use of historical and scholarly content in the public arena in an effort to progress teaching, learning and research. The library manages its digital collections using OCLC’s CONTENTdm, a digital content management and delivery software that makes it possible to access unique and often fragile historic collections online. The software and advanced search features allow researchers to conduct a full-text search, including searches for personal names, events, dates and more.

Over the past 10 years, IUPUI University Library has partnered with Indianapolis organizations to produce more than 60 unique digital collections. Other collections which include Indianapolis African American history are: The Indianapolis Public School Crispus Attucks Museum Collection 1928-1986; The Flanner House Records Collection 1936-1992; and the Ransom Place Collection.

To explore and learn more about the IUPUI University Library digital collections, Google: IUPUI Digital Scholarship. Once at the site, browse the subject African American.


This OCLC News Item is an excerpt from an article posted on September 1, 2011 on IUPUI's News Center, "IUPUI Library, Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper Partnership Puts 106 Years of Black History Online." It was used with the permission of Diane Brown, IUPUI Office of Communications & Marketing, and Jennifer Johnson, IUPUI University Library's Digital Initiatives Coordinator.