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ENWR 1510 Writing about Labor - Newspaper and Primary Source Research

This research guide is for students in Piers Gelly's Fall 2023 ENWR 1510 classes.

Undergraduate Student Success Librarian

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Cecelia Parks
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Librarian for English

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Sherri Brown
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The Cavalier Daily (UVA)

Historical Cavalier Daily 

Online access options:

  • Google News Archive: 11/23/1823 to 08/08/1996  (large gaps in early years, but good coverage for 20th Century up to 1996)  - use search box to search for keyword and "cavalier daily"  - example - "cavalier daily" union workers  or "cavalier daily" labor union 
  • NexisUni - this database has some Cavalier Daily coverage from 1997-2023, but only articles from the Cav Daily that also appeared on the University Wire service for college papers. In the search bar on the database site, type "cavalier daily" and [keyword] to search for articles from the newspaper. 
  • Access World News: 2011-2023 Some dates have spotty coverage. Search within time frame for terms of interest. Change the "Sort by" option on the left side of the page to "Best Match" instead of "Newest" for best results.

Print access options: 

  • Print copies of The Cavalier Daily can be found in the Clemons Reference collection on Clemons 1, in Special Collections, and in Ivy Stacks. See the Virgo catalog record for the print holdings. 

Images of historical copies of the Cavalier Daily are also available on microfilm. Ask a librarian if you want help in requesting microfilm from Ivy and using the microfilm readers in Clemons.  

The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA)

Historical Daily Progress

Online access options: 

  • Access the Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm from the Library website to see issues from 1892 to 1964. Use the calendar icon to look for a particular date. Unfortunately, there is no full-text searching of these scans, so you will need to look for a particular date of interest and skim through it.  (find out more about this digitized edition of The Daily Progress)
  • Newspaper Source Plus includes coverage from December 2006 through October 2009. 
  • Access World News provides some coverage of The Daily Progress from 2008-2023 (a couple of issues from 2006 & 2007 also available). Change the "Sort by" option on the left side of the page to "Best Match" instead of "Newest" for best results.


  • The Daily Progress is available on microfilm from 1892 to 2018. Talk to a librarian for help requesting microfilm and/or using the microfilm readers. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA)

Historical Richmond Times-Dispatch 

Online access options: 

  • Access World News: 1903-2018 Full image. Searching available, though somewhat tedious as results are named by page not by an article title. Change the "Sort by" option on the left side of the page to "Best Match" instead of "Newest" for best results.
  • America's Historical Newspapers: 1903-2018 Searchable. 

Other area historical newspapers of possible interest

Charlottesville-Albemarle Tribune 

An African American weekly newspaper that began in the 1950s, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Tribune (1956-1992) is available on microfilm or in print in Special Collections

Some physical copies of issues of its successor, The Tribune (1992-2011) are also available for use in Special Collections. 

Charlottesville Observer 

Another weekly local newspaper, the Charlottesville Observer (1978-1984) and its successors the Charlottesville Albemarle Observer (1984-1988) are available on microfilm. Physical copies of The Observer (1988-2004) are available in Special Collections. 

C-Ville Weekly 

The C-Ville Weekly website seems to provide full coverage back to 2002. You can also use Google to search for C-Ville Weekly articles

Physical copies of the C-Ville Weekly from 1996-2022 are held in Special Collections.  Copies of the C-Ville Review, the predecessor to C-Ville Weekly (1989-1994/96?) are also available in Special Collections. 

The Hook

The Hook was an alternative Charlottesville news source that ran from 2002-2013. You can access the full archive here, though it is not searchable.

The University Journal 

UVA had a second daily publication that ran from 1980-1996/97 - The University Journal. Some issues are available on microfilm and some physical copies are available for use in Special Collections. 

The Roanoke Times 

Online: Dates 03/04/1998 to 12/19/2013 are available online from Newspaper Source Plus. Before 1995 the newspaper was called the Roanoke Times & World News, which we have available online from 03/13/1990 to 04/30/2010 in Gale In Context: U.S. History (this includes after 1995 once the name changed to just Roanoke Times). We also have 1976-1996 available on microfilm.