ProQuest Information and Learning has announced an expanded agreement with publisher Real Times Inc. to digitize historical content from The Chicago Defender, a national African-American newspaper, as part of ProQuest scholarly databases. The resource will be available to libraries, government organizations, and educational institutions, as well as other research organizations. ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Company, is an electronic publisher of content for libraries and educational institutions.
When the database is complete, historical news content from The Chicago Defender will be available online from 1909 through 1975 both in ProQuest's forthcoming Black Studies Center and in ProQuest Historical Newspapers. The database will launch later this year. The Chicago Defender content will be fully searchable within the Black Studies Center. It will allow researchers to study many events in American history that received only cursory attention from other newspapers.
The ProQuest Historical Newspapers project encompasses newspapers with historical value for researchers in various fields. The Chicago Defender
will join other U.S. newspapers already in the ProQuest program: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe
, and Atlanta Constitution
. All of the newspapers are cross-searchable within the ProQuest interface.