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Digital Collections : Louisville Leader Collection

The Newspaper

The Louisville Leader, an African American community newspaper, began publication in Louisville, Kentucky on November 3, 1917. It covered local religious, educational, social, fraternal, and sporting activities, as well as national and international news. More about the newspaper.

The Collection

The Cole Publishing Company building which housed original copies of the paper was badly damaged by a fire in 1954. The remaining issues were microfilmed by the University of Louisville in cooperation with Kentucky State University and the friends and family of publisher I. Willis Cole. The digital files shown in this collection were created from that microfilm. More about the collection.

The Transcriptions

Automated programs have difficulty transcribing faded, torn, or misaligned text, even when they are readable to the human eye. With your help, we created full-text transcriptions of these articles, making them easily searchable.

Thank you to all who helped transcribe Leader articles (2013-2019). Your work contributed to an important resource on Louisville African-American history.

 
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