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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).

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).

The South

Alabama

Arkansas

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

Kentucky

Louisiana

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

Virginia

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:

  • Stars and Stripes Newspaper, WWI Edition, 1918-1919
  • Stars and Stripes Newspaper, Europe, Mediterranean, and North Africa Editions, 1942-1964
  • Stars and Stripes Newspaper, Pacific Editions, 1945-1963

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.

College newspapers

Cornell Daily Sun

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.

More Student Papers

Other student papers include:

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

Pennsylvania

The West

Alaska

Arizona

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

Hawaii

Nevada

Oregon

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

Utah

Washington

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.

Midwest Newspapers

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Michigan

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

Ohio

Wisconsin