PSU Library Special Collections' Historic Black Newspapers of Portland contains original and digital versions of newspapers published by Black-owned presses in Portland and the Pacific Northwest from the 1910s to the 1980s. Portland activist and community leader Verdell Rutherford collected the original papers, which were donated to Portland State in 2012 by her daughter Charlotte as part of the Rutherford Family Collection.
The newspapers date from the 1910s to the 1980s and provide a unique window on community reportage of national, regional, political, and cultural events of the times. Photographs and announcements featuring local people and newsmaking events, as well as advertisements by area businesses, also show the vitality of the communities the newspapers served.
With support from a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Special Collections has preserved and reproduced the Historic Black Newspapers of Portland collection with high-resolution, searchable digital scans of each issue and full-size color print facsimiles. These preservation copies make the full collection accessible online and allow readers to flip through the pages and experience the papers' physical size, scale, and arrangement.For more information or to make a research appointment, please contact PSU Library Special Collections at email@example.com.