Search the web for freely-available newspapers. This is a selected list of useful websites.
"LSU Libraries is proud to present the Digitizing Louisiana Newspaper Project (DLNP), which offers titles from the state of Louisiana published between 1836 through 1922."
Black Abolitionist Archive (Access via University of Detroit Mercy)
"The Black Abolitionist Digital Archive is a collection of over 800 speeches by antebellum blacks and approximately 1,000 editorials from the period."
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (1836-1922) | Library of Congress
Identify African American titles by selecting the "All Digitized Newspapers" tab and choosing "African American" under Ethnicity.
California Digital Newspaper Collection (1846 to present)
The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a project of the Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research (CBSR) at the University of California, Riverside.
Google News (historic and recent - search by newspaper title here)
Historical Newspapers Online, USA (a useful gateway site)
Many libraries are members of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). Materials can be borrowed from CRL through the library's interlibrary loan office, even if they are print newspapers. Check for microfilm copies, such as the microfilm reels for the Christian Recorder. The CRL catalog lists items that are available for loan.
The CRL also offers selected digitized issues of historical newspapers. Click here to search the CRL catalog for the Weekly Anglo-African and other digitized newspapers.