Published history

Celebrating Two Centuries of Michigan Newspapers

A brief history of newspapers in Michigan. link.


On guard, a history of the Detroit free press

Frank Angelo Imprint Detroit, Mich. : Detroit Free Press, c1981

The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922

Chapter XXXI: History of the Press. In The City of Detroit, Michigan, 1701-1922. Vol 1. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company. Pub. 1922. Clarence M. Burton, Editor-in-Chief.

Read it online:

Notes toward a history of the American newspaper, Volume 1

Various references in this title by William Nelson, which covers papers from around the country. 1918.

At the

Detroit Typographical Union No. 18 Records

1897-198 Subjects include: ITU; newspaper industry; strikes; technological unemployment; Detroit Mailers Union; Lansing Typographical Union

Newspaper Guild Collection

Contracts etc. at the Reuter:

The American Newspaper Guild was established as a loose national federation of editorial workers organizations across the country. The objective was to be a professional organization upholding standards of good journalism that also secured the economic goals of its members. Their records reflect the relationships between the national organization and local guilds, as well as the guilds dealings with newspapers, including collective bargaining and strikes. Also included are records from the international organization, particularly pertaining to organizing in Latin America and subsequent CIA involvement. Scrapbooks contain Heywood Broun Award entries.

Newspaper Guild Local 22: Detroit Records

The Detroit Newspaper Guild papers reflect the local's activities and organization, as well as include documentation of the American Newspaper Guild.

Mostly executive board minutes, 1933-1956

Library of Michigan

  • List of LoM holdings for Wayne County: Wayne
  • Newspaper family histories including relationships, dates published (where known), and frequency. Stored as GIF images

Library of Congress

Chronicling America listing for Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.

Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor

Of specific newspapers and genres

Started Thursday, May 5, 1831 as "The Democratic Free Press and Michigan Intelligencer"

Had a London edition that had a circulation of around 90,000.

James Scripps' Evening News, first printed on Free Press presses in 1873, became the Detroit News.

Detroit's History of Independent News

List at Allied Media Website

A strong current of independent media runs throughout Detroit’s activist history. The living legacy of independent media in the city includes:

  • In the late 60s, the League of Revolutionary Black Workers' takeover of The South End (the Wayne State University student newspaper), the publication of the Inner City Voice newspaper, and production of the legendary documentary Finally Got the News;
  • The Fifth Estate, the longest running English language anarchist publication in North America;
  • The Detroit Sunday Journal, the weekly newspaper and independent labor voice published during the five-year-long Detroit newspaper workers' strike of the late 90s;
  • Labor Notes, the national voice of the union democracy movement;
  • Community newspapers and newsletters in the 80s and 90s that advanced the argument that rebuilding neighborhoods was about more than rebuilding housing, including The Awakening, published by Save Our Sons & DaughtersThe Neighborhood Information Exchange, and The Core City Connector;
  • The many newspapers serving and mobilizing Detroit's Latino community;
  • The newspapers of the area's Arab community (the largest outside of the Middle East), including The Arab American News, the oldest and most respected Arab American newspaper in the U.S.;
  • The Michigan Citizen, a weekly newspaper with a large circulation, serving the local African American and progressive community;
  • Strong social justice programming on the city's NPR station during the 70s and 80s;
  • Microcinemas and independent film theaters;
  • The tradition of muralism, from Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry mural at the Detroit Institute of Art, to Mexican public art traditions expressed in Southwest Detroit, to Detroit Summer's youth-painted murals found throughout the city;
  • The Heildelberg Project, a found-art installation that takes up multiple city blocks and reflects on both the decay of the city and the hope for transformation;
  • The Afrocentric images found on signage throughout the city and the belief that public aesthetics should be reflective of the population;
  • Strong community theater institutions such as the Detroit Repertoire Theater, Matrix Theater Company and Mosaic Youth Theater;
  • Publishers like Broadside Press who for four decades have promoted the power of the written word in the struggle for self-determination;
  • Documentaries like Poletown Lives, which shows a neighborhood's struggle for survival against the bulldozer of "redevelopment";
  • A profound and unique poetry and spoken word scene;
  • World-renowned music, from Motown to Techno to Detroit Hip-Hop.