Associated Press Collections Online: U.S. City Bureaus Collection

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"President Jimmy Carter Chatting with Clarence Mitchell." U.S. City Bureaus Image Collection. Primary Source Media, 1979. Associated Press Collections Online.
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Discover records of events and movements of local, regional, and national importance from the AP’s domestic bureaus, dating from 1931 to 2004.

Breaking news since 1846, the Associated Press (AP) has long been relied on to deliver accurate, timely news. This collection offers access to records from the AP’s Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh bureaus, dating from 1931 to 2004. Records include news stories in various stages of production, covering major social movements, natural disasters, crime, disease, politics, and hundreds of other topics of regional or national importance. Also included in bureau records are correspondence between the bureau and the New York office, memos, meeting notes, and more.

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  • African American Studies
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  • Hispanic / Latin America Studies
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  • U.S. History
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
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