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Newspapers as Primary Sources

Frontpage of The Minidoka Irrigator with the headline: 300 Volunteer For Combat Unit.

Ethnic, alternative, minority or marginalized communities have long turned to the published word as a means of building identity, promulgating viewpoints and establishing some control over the development and dissemination of their own media images.  Ethnic and other non-mainstream newspapers are treasured primary sources reflecting the diversity, vigor and strife typical of any multicultural society.

Help: Analyzing Newspapers

*Dooley, P. (2009). History of journalism: 1930-1995. In C. H. Sterling (Ed.), Encyclopedia of journalism (Vol. 2, pp. 707-712).

Pacific Northwest Minority, Ethnic & Special Audience Newspapers Database

Pacific Northwest Minority, Ethnic, and Special Audience
Newspapers Database

This database identifies ethnic, minority, and special audience newspapers published in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon.

Many ethnic groups are represented in the database, including African American, Alaska Native, Arab Canadian, Chinese American, Filipino American, Japanese American, Hispanic Canadian, Indian, Korean American, Native American tribes, Vietnamese American, and more.

Many of the newspapers listed in the database are held in the UW Libraries Microforms & Newspapers Collection on microfilm.