Eight early American Jewish Newspapers, now available digitally!

I am pleased to announce that the following Early American newspapers are now available digitally through the following links.  With the exception of the American Israelite and American Hebrew and Jewish Messenger, all newspapers are freely available through the Historical Jewish Press website

Columbia is very proud to have been involved, with New York University and the New York Public Library, in helping the American Jewish Press to be added to the Historical Jewish Press’s corpus.  We look forward to continuing this collaboration in the years to come.

In English:
  1. Occident and American Jewish Advocate: http://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/The-Occident-and-American-Jewish-Advocate.aspx
  2. B’nai Brith Messenger: http://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/BBM.aspx
  3. Chicago Sentinel: http://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/Sentinal.aspx
  4. American Israelite: http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio11136600
  5. American Hebrew and Jewish Messenger: http://www.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/cul/resolve?clio11136586

In Ladino:

  1. La America: http://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/la-amirica.aspx.
  2. El Progreso: http://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/epo.aspx

In Yiddish:

  1. Morgen Zjournal: http://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/The-Jewish-Morning-Journal.aspx
  2. Die Wahrheit: http://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/Die-Warheit.aspx

Keep an eye on the Jewish Press in the USA section of the site, as there will be more newspapers added in the future!

4 thoughts on “Eight early American Jewish Newspapers, now available digitally!

  1. Ari

    Thanks for these great sources.
    Recently I came across a reference to a Arabic language Jewish newspaper published in the U.S. in the early 20th century. Sadly, it mentioned neither the name of the paper or the publisher. Has anyone come across this? I’d love to see it!

  2. Michelle Post author

    I would recommend taking a look at the Chronicling America site from the Library of Congress (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/), which attempts to document all papers published in the US. You can search by language (78 results in Arabic, some early) and by ethnicity (Jewish is an option), but a search of both comes back with nothing. From the quick check I did, the Arabic newspaper records aren’t very detailed, but if you understand Arabic, it might be helpful to browse the list (most are from the second half of the 20th c. and later, so it’ll be easy to pare it down quickly).

    Good luck!

  3. Bernard Patlen

    My grandfather, Samuel Silber, of Washington, DC, submitted a competiton essay about a life changing experience he had, in his early days in NYC in1899(?). He had captured an escaped canary on the roof of his tenement. The bird’s owner rewarded my grandfather with $1.50 . He bought a large pair of cloth-cutters scissors, and progressed from general shop hand to cutter in the clothing factory.
    The essay won him the prize, a Wolozin Co. a chrome plate “hannukia” (candelabra), which I have.
    The item was published around 1939-1941. I don’t read Yiddish. Otherwise, I would attempt a search on my own.
    I would appreciate any recommendation as to how I should proceed.
    Thank you. Bernard Patlen (Age 92)

  4. Michelle Post author

    That’s a fantastic story! Depending on how your grandfather spelled his name, there are different searches you could do. Do you know which paper it was for?

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