Support of this archive will be discontinued on January 31, 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Customer Service staff of The Chicago Defender online archive wants to help make your searching as trouble-free as possible. To ensure your continued satisfaction with The Chicago Defender online archive, we offer the following answers to some of the most commonly asked questions:
The Chicago Defender archive includes articles from 1/1/1905 - 12/31/1975.
The historical archives (1905 - 1975) do contain many graphics, however, some photographs are blocked due to copyright concerns.
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On the advanced search page, use the date range option to select the specific date, insert a "*" into the "Search for" field, and click the search button.
Please review the Search Tips for helpful information, as well as How do I get better search results?. Unfortunately, ProQuest Archiver is unable to provide research assistance for the archives. However, more information is available here.
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