Austin Newspapers Collection

Institution: Chicago Public Library - Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-747-4300
Date: 1876-1997
Extent: 13 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Biographical/Historical Note:
After experiencing a number of years without a regularly-published community newspaper, in the mid-1980s Austin residents could again find neighborhood news in not one, but two community newspapers: The Austin Voice and the Austin Weekly News. The first to be published was the Austin Voice, which began as a weekly in 1985. While focusing primarily on the Austin neighborhood, the Austin Voice also served the Garfield Park and Lawndale communities, and featured articles on area gangs, businesses, hospitals, schools, churches, and politicians. The Austin Weekly News began operations in 1986, and section titles include "Health", "Military Notes", "Austin Entrepreneurs", and "Across Austin." Finally, the Windy City Word, another newspaper distributed free of charge, serves the greater West Side of Chicago. "Reporting progressive news weekly," the Word includes articles on fashion, the arts, schools, public utilities, and health.

Scope and Content Note:
The bulk of the ANC consists of runs of the The Austin Herald, The Austin News, and The Austinite. Additionally, the collection holds an issue each of Austin Topics and The Austin Vindicator in oversize folders (see Series IV). Recent donations of contemporary Austin area newspapers have necessitated the creation of a supplement to the ANC.

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