Ebony Magazine Archive

Ebony Magazine CoversThe Libraries constantly adds new resources to our collection to ensure faculty, students, and staff have access to the information they need for their research and academic success.

New Database: Ebony Magazine Archive

Since 1945, Ebony has served as an influential African American magazine promoting stories important to the Black community and focusing on the achievements of African American leaders. Spanning 70 years of content, from 1945 to 2014, this searchable archive provides an in-depth look at African American business, history, politics, entertainment, fashion, and culture.

Why is Ebony important for our users and collection?

Throughout its 70-year history, Ebony has been a quintessential cultural touchstone for the Black community in America. Ebony has documented significant moments in our national history, such as the civil rights movement, and contains unique firsthand accounts and photos.

Adding resources such as the Ebony Magazine Archive fulfills an important need in our collection to incorporate diverse and underrepresented perspectives that reflect the Colorado State University community as a whole. The entire CSU community benefits from access to a more diverse range of contributions made to culture, knowledge, and research.

What types of research will benefit the most?

Ebony Magazine Archive has a broad appeal for researchers interested in learning more about Black history and culture, but these subject areas will likely see the most benefit:

  • African American culture
  • Business
  • Civil rights
  • Entertainment
  • Ethnic studies
  • Fashion
  • History
  • Politics

How do librarians decide which databases to add to the collection?

Subject-expert librarians carefully evaluate resources to determine their appropriateness for our collection. They evaluate databases according to various criteria, such as: what information is included, how easy it is to use, what types of research would benefit, and whether there is evidence of interest. Databases usually undergo a trial period, where users and stakeholders can use the resource and provide feedback to the Libraries.