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Defunct newspapers of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex

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Defunct newspapers of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Defunct_newspapers_of_the_Dallas%E2%80%93Fort_Worth_metroplex

 

I have often thought that there might be a rich source of information in the pages of Dallas newspapers that went out of business. In particular, stories that might have appeared in African American newspapers. I remember seeing a photograph - I think it might have been one of Croft's photos, of the people lining the Elm St. extension, and thinking, ""I wonder what stories those people had to tell that never made it into the "main street media"".

Look at the entry for the Dallas Express to see what I mean.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_Express

 

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Back in the 1990's, or early 2000's, there was a national effort to get small local newspapers microfilmed and stored in State Library archives before the print versions crumbled into dust.

I've thought that combing these small papers would be a good project for some grad student writing a paper on the assassination, or some one writing a book or something. It would be an undertaking though. Being on microfilm, and not digitized, the papers would probably be too small to be indexed, or keyword searchable.

 

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Perhaps Newspapers.com is a good source to check.

Edited by Bart Kamp

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I’ve just asked a friend of mine. When I’m semi-retired in 5 years, I’m counting on spending 2 or 3 months in Dallas pouring through the several archives that just a handful of us will ever have the chance to visit. 

“Denis, I believe the Oak Cliff Tribune has not been digitized. I checked with Dallas Library and they have it on microfilm. It would probably be a good source. I’m sure they covered the assassination.”

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10 hours ago, Denis Morissette said:

I’ve just asked a friend of mine. When I’m semi-retired in 5 years, I’m counting on spending 2 or 3 months in Dallas pouring through the several archives that just a handful of us will ever have the chance to visit. 

“Denis, I believe the Oak Cliff Tribune has not been digitized. I checked with Dallas Library and they have it on microfilm. It would probably be a good source. I’m sure they covered the assassination.”

Denis,

 

I was reading the WC testimony and the FBI interview of City Manager, Elgin Crull and that's what got me started on the Oak Cliff Tribune and others.

(He didn't like the publisher of the Tribune very much).

http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/testimony/crull.htm

https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=1136#relPageId=412&tab=page

 

and another

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_Express

"The Dallas Express was a weekly newspaper published in Dallas, Texas (USA) from 1892 to 1970. It covered news of blacks in Dallas and a large portion of Texas. It called itself "The South's Oldest and Largest Negro Newspaper."

 

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W.E. King, founding publisher of the Dallas Express

The Express publicized lynchings and incidents of violence against blacks that were not always reported in the white press..."

 

Steve Thomas

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Thanks, Steve. And what a show of braveness to print a paper in Texas in the 19th Century reporting violence against blacks that were not always reported in the white press. A true hero. Wondering how he and his colleagues stayed alive.

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I'll try to find an index for the Oak Cliff Tribune. They may have done 1963 interviews with people living in the Tippit shooting and Texas Theater area.

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2 hours ago, Denis Morissette said:

I'll try to find an index for the Oak Cliff Tribune. They may have done 1963 interviews with people living in the Tippit shooting and Texas Theater area.

Denis,

 

Yes. People like Aquila Clemens. People who might be willing to talk more freely.

 

Steve Thomas

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