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American Historical Newspapers Online: Introduction

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

Current News Sources

For help in locating contemporary (i.e., post-1995) newspapers at Cornell, see Finding the News.

Another terrific source of contemporary online newspapers is the News Archive maintained by the News Division of the Special Libraries Association.

About American Historical Newspapers

The first newspaper in the United States was printed in 1690. Since then, newspapers have been an important source of information about American events.

Because of their value, many newspapers are being made available in digital form. This usually involves scanning either the paper originals or microfilm copies and making those scanned copies accessible. (Access to contemporary newspapers is usually via the electronic files used to create the newspapers and/or web sites.)

The newspapers listed here may run up to the present in date, but the emphasis is on material prior to 1995.

Rachel Leow, a graduate student in Malaysian history at Cambridge University (in 2009), has some good general suggestions on working with newspapers as historical sources.

Other Info Sources