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American Historical Newspapers Online: Regions and Subjects

A guide to locating digitized American newspapers for the period prior to the advent of electronic newspapers (before 1995).

College newspapers

The Cornell Daily Sun  is available, beginning with 1880, though the coverage over the years is not complete.  The Ithaca College Ithacan has been digitized starting with 1926.

Other student papers include:

New England

Massachusetts

Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Archive covers Cape Cod from 1830-1930.

The Liberator (1831-1855), William Lloyd Garrison's newspaper, is available through Accessible Archives, which publishes transcriptions of papers.

New Bedford's Portuguese-language newspaper, Diario de Noticias, (also known as the Portuguese Daily News, (1919-1973)

The Cambridge Public Library has created the Historic Cambridge Newspaper Collection.  Newspapers include the Cambridge Chronicle (1846-1923), the Cambridge Press (1887-1889), the Cambridge Sentinel (1903-1912), and the Cambridge Tribune (1887-1923).

Mid-Atlantic Newspapers

Maryland

The Maryland State Archives' Early State Records Online includes 17 titles from 1802-1918, with one title (Kent County News) from 1965.

New Jersey

Atlantic County Digitized Newspapers (1860-1923). A selection of papers from the Atlantic City area.

Cranbury Press (1886-1926)

Red Bank Register (1878-1923).

The Silent Worker (1888-1929) was a popular national newspaper published by the New Jersey School for the Deaf.

Pennsylvania

The State Library of Pennsylvania is maintaining an informal Directory of Digitized Pennsylvania Newspapers.

The Pennsylvania Civil War Collection consists of newspapers from the civil war era dated from February 23,1831 to February 14,1877.

Lancaster Farming is the third largest weekly agricultural publication currently being published in the United States. Scans of issues from 1955-1983 are available.

The Lancaster County Digitization Project includes 5 Lancaster newspapers, from 1816 to 1950.

The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project consists of The Jewish Criterion (1895-1962), The American Jewish Outlook (1934-1962), The Jewish Chronicle (1962-Present), and the Y-JCC series (1926-1975).

The Newspaper Archives of the Green Free Public Library has newspapers from Tioga and Wellsboro for 1838-2006.

The Newspaper Archives of Smethport has a number of newspapers from Mckean and the surrounding area from 1833 -1977.

Accessible Archives, which publishes transcriptions of old newspapers, includes many Pennsylvania titles in their collections. Some are available on CD-ROM in the Library as well. Available Pennsylvania papers include:

  • Pennsylvania gazette, 1728-1800
  • Delaware County newspapers, 1819-1870

 

The South

Alabama

The Birmingham Public Library makes available a collection of Birmingham Newspapers for 1874-1901.

The Jacksonville Republican for 1837 to December of 1895 has been digitized in PDF format by Jacksonville State University.

Arkansas

The Arkansas Gazette (1819-1850) in transcript form with some images is at the Arkansas Ties web site.

The Gentry Courier-Journal (1896-1949)

Georgia

You can search a number of different Georgia newspapers that are listed on the Digital Library of Georgia's newspaper page.  Included are Georgia Historic Newspapers for the period from 1750-1925; Atlanta newspapers from 1857 to 1922;  the journal and newspaper of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; and the University of Georgia Student newspaper.

Florida

The Florida Digital Newspaper Library (1762-2008)

Boca Raton, FL newspapers (1938-1969), from the Boca Raton historical society.

Kentucky

Kentuckiana Digital Library contains more than 17,500 issues from 36 newspapers from across the state.

Louisiana

New Orleans Bee (1827-1923).  Each issue is a single PDF file.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Newspaper Digitization project from the North Carolina State Archives has digitized a number of newspapers from microfilm.  The papers date from 1751-1890s and are from cities like Edenton (1787-1801), Fayetteville (1798-1795), Hillsboro (1786), New Bern (1751-1804), Salisbury (1799-1898), and Wilmington (1765-1816).  There are a total of 23,483 digital images that are keyword searchable.

South Carolina

The New South Newspaper of Port Royal & Beaufort (1862-1866)

The South Carolina Gazette (1732-1775) and several other 18th century South Carolina newspapers are available through Accessible Archives, which publishes transcriptions of old newspapers.

Virginia

Virginia Gazette (1736-1780)

The Richmond Daily Dispatch (1860-1865)

Midwest Newspapers

Illinois

Barrington Review Online (1914-1930)

Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey (1855-1938), a collection of translated newspaper articles originally published in Chicago’s ethnic press.  The project consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities of Chicago.

Flora Digital Newspapers (1907- )

Quincy Historical Newspaper Archive (1835-1919)

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection, consisting of the Daily Illini (1916-1936) and the Urbana Daily Courier (1916-1925)

Dziennik Zwiazkowy (1908-1917), a Polish language newspaper from Chicago.

Indiana

Vevay Newspapers, Switzerland County (1840-1901).  

Iowa

Adams County Free Press (1876-2000)

Cedar Rapids Library Newspaper Archives (1857-1998)

Sioux County Newspaper Archives (1872-2000)

Michigan

Saugatuck Commerical Record (1868-1940s)

Minnesota

Winona Newspaper Project (1855-1976) Three newspapers from Winona County, Minnesota: the Argus, the Daily Republican, and the Republican Herald.  Click on Winowa Newspaper Archive link and when you get to search screen use Advanced to select papers.

The Minnesota Digital Newspaper Project will be digitizing material from 1880-1910 during the next two years under the auspices of the National Digital Newspaper Program.

 Missouri

Historic Missouri Newspaper Project: Newspapers from St. Louis and other locations throughout the state of Missouri, dating from the late 1800s.

Ohio

Chillicothe Constitution Tribune (1889-2006)

Wisconsin

Door County Library Newspaper Archive (1862-1923) 

The West

Alaska

Tundra Times, 1965-1997

Various Petersburg newspapers, 1913-1931

Arizona

Casa Grande Newspaper Archives, 1912-2007, from the Casa Grande Public Library

The Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press collection documents and showcases historic Mexican and Mexican American publications published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s.

California

California Digital Newspaper Collection, one of the Chronicling America grant projects, offers over 200,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1849-191l: the Alta California, 1849-1891; the San Francisco Call, 1893-1910; the Amador Ledger, 1900-1911; the Imperial Valley Press, 1901-1911; the Sacramento Record-Union, 1859-1890; and the Los Angeles Herald, 1905-1907.

Chung Sai Yat Po (1900-1904), a Chinese language newspaper from San Francisco.

Colorado

Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection (1859-1923)

Hawaii

The Hawaiin Language Newspaper Project (1834-1927) at the University of Hawii consists of scans of several newspaper in the native language.

The Hawaiian Electronic Library also includes Hawaiian-language newspapers published between 1834 and 1948.

Nevada

Las Vegas Age (1905-1924)

Oregon

Historic Oregon Newspapers includes 18 titles published between 1846 and 1922.

South Dakota

An NEH grant was awarded to fund the South Dakota Digital Newspaper Program.  Plans are to digitize historic newspapers from 1836-1922.  None are currently available.

Texas

San Antonio Daily Light (1886-1907)

Utah

Utah Digital Newspapers (roughly 1850-1950).

Washington

Historical Newspapers in Washington project. 17 newspapers from Washington State, from 1852 to 1890.

Wyoming

The Wyoming Newspaper Project intends eventually to make newspapers published between 1849 and 1922 available.  Currently more than 800,000 pages are online and searchable.

Civil War Era Papers

The Pennsylvania Civil War Collection consists of newspapers from the civil war era dated from February 23,1831 to February 14,1877.

The Civil War, 1860-1865. Accessible Archives's database, available online and as a CD-ROM in the Library, contains the full text of major articles gleaned from over 2,500 issues of The New York Herald, The Charleston Mercury and the Richmond Enquirer, published between November 1, 1860 and April 15, 1865.

HarpWeek offers full-text access to Harper's Weekly, America's leading 19th century illustrated newspaper. The Library has licensed access to the issues from 1857-1912. The Library also has a CD-ROM of the Civil War era issues.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch (1860-1865) presents the war as seen from the capitol of the Confederacy.

Military Papers

Stars and Stripes (1918-1919)

Ancestry.com contains three sets of digitized versions of Stars and Stripes:

The Digital Military Newspaper Library is a pilot project digitizing newspapers from Naval and Air Force bases in Florida as well as bases in King's Bay Georgia, the Panama Canal Zone and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.