Indianapolis Recorder

Digital historic Indianapolis newspapers are now included in Hoosier State Chronicles. You are still able to browse and search within the Indianapolis Recorder Collection from 1899-2005 but now have the ability to cross search this newspaper with hundreds of other Indiana newspapers.

We encourage you to begin accessing the Indianapolis Recorder through Hoosier State Chronicles for the years 1899-2005 but continue searching IU Indianapolis’s digital version for issues from 2006-present for the time being. Issues from 2005-present will soon be added to the Hoosier State Chronicles and at that point the IU Indianapolis database will be retired. Anticipated retirement is December 1, 2017.

What began as a two-page church bulletin by co-founders George Pheldon Stewart and William H. Porter, the Indianapolis Recorder is now one of the top African-American publications in the nation. Established in 1897, the Indianapolis Recorder focused on local people and events in Indianapolis but also reported national events. IU Indianapolis University is pleased to present the Indianapolis Recorder Digital Collection. Providing access to the 1899-2005 run of the Indianapolis Recorder will have an impact on researchers from all walks of life. Whether you are a family historian, an academic researcher or part of the media, this collection will help you search for and access historically important stories of African-Americans individuals, organizations, and events in Indianapolis, Indiana in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Help us complete the historic record! 

Missing from the historic record of the Indianapolis Recorder are issues published from 1917-1925, and January-April of 1932. If you own or know of copies or clips from the missing issues we would like to hear from you.  Please contact for additional information.

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The Library Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation


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