Library Guides: Finding Newspapers: Historical Newspapers (2023)

Online Access to Historical Newspapers

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers This link opens in a new window

    An archive of 14 major historical U.S. newspapers that can be searched collectively or individually. Every issue of each title includes the complete paper, cover to cover.

  • Proquest Historical Newspapers: U.S.North Central Collection This link opens in a new window

    Provides access to:
    Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) - 1886-2009
    The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, IA) - 1871-2008
    Fort Collins Coloradoan (Fort Collins, CO) - 1972-2012
    Great Falls Tribune (Great Falls, MT) - 1885-2011
    Iowa City Press Citizen (Iowa City, IA) - 1965-2008
    Springfield News-Leader (Springfield, MO) - 1987-2011
    St. Cloud Times (St. Cloud, MN) - 1928-2011

  • American Prison Newspapers - 1800-2020 (NEW! )

    This freely available resource contains "nearly 100,000 pages of a planned 250,000 pages representing at least one prison in 30 states. With the help of JSTOR Daily, many users are finding this material who might not otherwise know it exists"

  • Iowa Historical Newspapers (UNI)

    A comprehensive list of Iowa historical newspapers compiled by the University of Northern Iowa's Rod Library.

  • International Herald Tribune 1877 - 2013

    "The International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013 features the complete archive of the International Herald Tribune from its origins as the European Edition of The New York Herald and later the European Edition of the New York Herald Tribune. The archive ends with the last issue of the International Herald Tribune before its relaunch as the International New York Times. The International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013 charts the history of the 20th century from luxury travel and opulent entertainment, to international conflicts, the spread of American culture abroad and globalization."

  • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers This link opens in a new window

    Provides access to primary source newspapers from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century.

  • Times Digital Archive This link opens in a new window

    As the "world's newspaper of record," The Times (of London) has covered all major international events from the French Revolution to the conflicts, crises and changes of the 21st century. The Times Digital Archive makes more than 200 years of this highly regarded resource available for students and researchers.
    Click "Publications" tab then search "The Times"

    (Video) Finding Historical Newspapers from UCD Library
  • Global Press Archive This link opens in a new window

    This collection currently has material from the first half of the twentieth century which began with the demise of China’s last imperial dynasty, the Great Qing, and ended with the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949. By 2022, it will provide full text access to over 2,000 predominantly foreign-language newspaper titles ranging in coverage from the late 19th century to present times.

  • HarpWeek This link opens in a new window

    Provides a continuous record of what happened on a weekly basis from 1857 through 1912 from the pages of Harpers Weekly, one of the important American newspapers in the 19th century.

  • American Underworld : the Flash Press This link opens in a new window

    The Flash Press covers half a century (1826 to 1876) of the seamier aspects of urban life in New York. Characterized by humor and satire, the publications targeted “low-life” characters even though journalists were often accomplished upper class writers. Topics covered in this collection include crime, scandal, brothels, sporting events and reviews of theatrical performances.
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  • African American Newspapers: the 19th Century This link opens in a new window

    This is a collection of some 19th Century African American newspapers. Contains information about cultural life and history including early biographies, vital statistics, essays, editorials, advertisements, poetry, and prose all of which embody the African American experience.
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  • Daily Iowan Historic Newspapers

    "Dating back to 1868 the Daily Iowan Newspaper Collection provides access to digitized versions of The Daily Iowan and its predecessors: the University Reporter (1868-81), the Vidette (1879-81), the Vidette-Reporter (1881-1901) and the University Mirror (1881). The newspaper editions are full text searchable. Though not yet comprehensive, issues will continue to be added up to 2006"

  • Iowa Digital Newspaper Project

    The State Historical Society of Iowa in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, offers access to select digitized Iowa newspapers online through Chronicling America.

  • Black Studies Center This link opens in a new window

    African American publications that can be found under the "Historical Newspapers" tab include: Chicago Defender, Cleveland Call and Post, and The Pittsburgh Courier.

  • Chronicling America

    (Video) Teaching with Historical Newspapers

    "The Chronicling America website contains digitized newspaper pages and information about historic newspapers to place the primary sources in context and support future research." It is maintained by the Library of Congress. Can be searched by state using the drop-down menu.

  • American Historical Periodicals This link opens in a new window

    This extensive collection includes hundreds of American periodicals from the late 18th century up to 1923 and is an excellent source of high quality primary resources.

  • Newspaper Search on "Quick Search"

    Newspaper Search is a dedicated, separate search box that returns results exclusively for newspaper articles, magazine articles, and news items. This meets the expectations of users who prefer not to mix newspaper articles with other scholarly content. Articles in many historical publications are also retrievable. Simply launch a search then filter by "date" to the time period you are interested in.

  • Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press Collection This link opens in a new window

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    This database includes historic full-text facsimiles of historic Mexican & Mexican American regional newspapers from Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s, plus national magazines such as Américas. Most publications are in Spanish; coverage is 1800s-1970s.

  • International Coalition on Newspapers (ICON)

    "The ICON database is the most comprehensive source of information about significant newspaper collections in print, digital and micro formats. The database currently has 47,606,790 issues from 171,610 publications dating from 1649–2015." Please NOTE that the information is mainly bibliographic.

  • Accessible Archives

    This databases contains material found in leading historic periodicals and books. Eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements, and genealogical records.

  • Elephind: World Newspaper Archives

    Contains full text access to nearly 3,000 newspapers throughout the world going back more than a hundred years.

  • Community History Archive

    This archive is available courtesy of the Griswold Public Library. Contains historic Iowa newspapers such as the Griswold American (1885-2015), Elliott Graphic (1893-1942), Lewis Standard (1901-1918), Lewis Weekly Standard (1918-1933), Griswold Advocate (1880-1885) and Standard (1899-1901)

  • Google News Archive

    Includes full text access to hundreds of older newspapers from around the world.

    (Video) Teaching with Historical Newspapers
  • Online Historical Newspapers

    This site provides access to historical digitize newspapers from around the world. The site is still underdevelopment, but content is added frequently.

  • American Indian Newspapers

    This subscription-based resource presents the publications of a range of communities, with an extensive list of periodicals produced in the United States and Canada, including Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Nevada and Oklahoma, from 1828 to 2016. You can sign up for FREE TRIAL.

  • Newspaper Archive

    A subscription-based newspaper archive with collections dating back to 1607. Contains more than 13,539+ different titles from every US state and twenty-eight other countries around the world. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword, date, place, and title. ISU does not currently subscribe to this resource. Allows for a 7-day free trial.

  • The British Newspaper Archive

    This is an ongoing partnership between the British Library and "findmypast" to digitize up to 40 million newspaper pages from the former's vast newspaper collection. ISU does not currently subscribe to the platform. However, individual subscription with unlimited access goes for about US$8.71 per year.

  • British Library Newspaper Collection

    The national archive collection in the UK of British and overseas newspapers and magazines.

  • Library of American Broadcasting (University of Maryland)

    This site provides access to their collection of audio and video recordings, books, pamphlets, periodicals, personal collections, oral histories, photographs, scripts and vertical files devoted exclusively to the history of broadcasting.

  • Vanderbilt Television News Archives

    Providing access to an extensive archive of television news broadcasts.

  • Ad* Access

    Provided by Duke University this web site provides access to digital images and information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.

  • The Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919

    (Video) Historical Newspapers for National History Day

    Published for the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I the newspaper's mission was to provide these scattered troops with a sense of unity and an understanding of their part in the overall war effort.

  • Historic German Newspapers and Journal Online

    Access to digitized historic newspapers including online regional newspapers, Jewish newspapers, and historic periodicals.

  • Farm, Field and Fireside: Agricultural Newspaper Collection This link opens in a new window

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    A free repository of historically significant US farm weekly newspapers documenting a time of transition in American agriculture, politics, family life and technology. Covers late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.

  • JSTOR Daily

    "An online publication that contextualizes current events with scholarship. All of our stories contain links to publicly accessible research on JSTOR. We’re proud to publish articles based in fact and grounded by careful research and to provide free access to that research for all of our readers."

  • Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library

    A digital repository of current and historical newspapers from the Caribbean. A part of the Digital Library of the Caribbean.

  • Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC)

    Links to online newspapers from all Latin American and Caribbean countries. Last updated in 2015.

  • Southeast Asian Newspapers (Open Access - East View Global Press Archive/CRL)

    "The Southeast Asian Newspapers collection chronicles the changes that took place throughout the region during this period, and the challenges of early statehood. Covering several countries from the region, including Myanmar (formerly Burma), Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, and featuring multiple languages such as Dutch, English, French, Javanese, Spanish, and Vietnamese, the collection incorporates a wealth of coverage and perspectives on major regional and global events of the late 19th and 20th centuries."

  • Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers (Open Access - East View Global Press Archive/CRL)

    "The Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers collection traces the evolution of Mexico during this pivotal period. Comprising nearly 1,000 titles from Mexico’s pre-independence, independence and revolutionary periods (1807-1929), the newspapers in this collection provide rare documentation of the dramatic events of this era and include coverage of Mexican partisan politics, yellow press, political and social satire, as well as local, regional, national and international news."

  • South Asian Newspapers (Open Access - East View Global Press Archive/CRL)

    "The collection covers several countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan), India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, and features multiple languages such as Bengali, Dari, English, Nepali, and more. With reportage dating as far back as the 1850s, the South Asian Newspapers collection provides a wealth of coverage and perspectives on major regional and global events of the 19th and 20th centuries."

    (Video) How to Use Chronicling America - Part 1 - Find All Newspapers


How do I find old newspaper articles from the library? ›

Search the library catalog for the newspaper title. Click into the record and look at the dates in the "View It" section to see whether the time frame you need is available for searching. Click on the link for the correct time frame. Enter your search terms.

In which library resource or database can you find newspapers? ›

Dow Jones Factiva database A global information resource, providing full-text access to top national and international newspapers (including full text of the Wall Street Journal), newswires, business journals, market research reports, analysts reports and web sites.

Are there any free newspaper archives? ›

The Ancestor Hunt – Newspaper Research Links – over 39,000 free newspaper titles and links for the U.S. and Canada. (Note: includes all the titles from Chronicling America, Fulton, Advantage Archives and Google).

Are old newspapers in the public domain? ›

Any newspaper published before 1978 may be in the public domain. If it is, it may be digitized and brought online without requiring any permissions. Prior to 1978, to obtain copyright a newspaper was required to publish a copyright notice in the newspaper in order to obtain copyright.

Can you order old copies of newspapers? ›

You can buy old newspapers just as they are, but they do come along with a certificate of authenticity, of course. If you want, however, you can get an old newspaper in a handsome gift box measuring 19" x 13" x 1.5" or our premium black-tie case with magnetic closure measuring 18” x 13” x 3”.

What is the best online newspaper archive? ›

NewspaperARCHIVE. By far the largest online collection of newspapers, NewspaperARCHIVE has more than 400 years of papers from around the world. The Advanced Search page provides several options for searching and narrowing your search by date and place.

Do libraries have newspaper archives? ›

Public libraries and archives throughout the United States offer access to collections of historical newspapers. Before starting your research, contact your local library or archive to see if they have digital archives you can look at. In many cases, historical newspapers are available solely on microfilm.

What are the 3 library resources? ›

Most libraries contain at least three primary resources for information: books, periodicals, and full text databases.

What are three resources you can find at your library? ›

Below is a list of resources we have available within the Library.
  • Databases. Databases are indexes which enable you to search for articles within journals. ...
  • Electronic Books. ...
  • Electronic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. ...
  • Journals and eJournals. ...
  • Official Publications. ...
  • Online Newspapers. ...
  • Referencing Resources.

Is newspapers by ancestry free? ›

You can do this even if you have an All Access package, but you should be aware that access to all newspaper pages will be an extra fee. You can try out the Ancestry All Access membership free for 14 days here if you don't currently have an Ancestry membership.

Is GenealogyBank better than newspapers com? ›

While both sites provide access to obituaries through newspapers searches, is your better choice if obituaries are your main focus. The site lets you search for obituaries faster and more accurately, and has an ongoing feed to make sure you are always up to date.

How much does NewspaperArchive cost? ›

NewspaperArchive offers their potential subscribers many different options upon their registering to the company's database. You can open an account with monthly payments of $19.95, a six-month subscription for $74.95 ($12.50/month), or a twelve-month subscription for $139.80 ($11.65/month).

What happens to old newspapers after they are sold? ›

Process. The process of waste paper recycling most often involves mixing used/old paper with water and chemicals to break it down. It is then chopped up and heated, which breaks it down further into strands of cellulose, a type of organic plant material; this resulting mixture is called pulp, or slurry.

Does something become public domain after 100 years? ›

Anonymous, pseudonymous works & corporate works: copyright lasts for 120 years from the date of creation. Works created over 120 years ago are in the public domain. public domain due to expired copyrights. notice: Work will enter the public domain after the term specified above or 12/31/2049, whichever is greater.

Is anything published before 1923 in the public domain? ›

Any work published before 1923 is in the public domain, as is any work produced by an employee of the federal government in their official capacity. Works published between 1923 and 1977 generally receive copyright protection for 95 years from the date of their publication.

Are old historic newspapers worth anything? ›

Many old papers are valuable, but not everyone knows which old papers have worth. Usually, papers that are worth more are the ones featuring a significant moment in history. The moon landing newspaper, for example, is a frequent collectible. Many WWII newspapers are valued as well.

What happened to Google newspaper archives? ›

The Google newspaper archive project was discontinued by Google many years ago but, although they stopped digitizing and adding new papers and removed their useful timeline and other search tools, the historical newspapers that were previously digitized remain.

What is the most trusted newspaper in the world? ›

  • USA Today. Founded in 1982 by Al Neuharth, USA Today is one of the top-rated daily mid-market newspapers. ...
  • The New York Times. Ranking 2nd on the list, the New York Times has a worldwide influence. ...
  • The Guardian. ...
  • The Times of India. ...
  • The Wall Street Journal. ...
  • Daily Mail. ...
  • Dainik Bhaskar. ...
  • Yomiuri Shimbun.
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Where can I read all newspapers online for free? ›

To read newspapers online for free, search for newspaper websites and online archives of newspapers.
Viewing Subscription Websites
  • GenealogyBank.
  • Newspaper Archive.

What are old newspaper files called? ›

The term “newspaper archive” can have several meanings. In the past few years, “newspaper archive” has evolved to describe an online collection of digital copies of articles from a newspaper.

What are the three types of archives? ›

Types of archives
  • College and university archives: typically preserve materials related to the university or college. ...
  • Corporate archives: manage and preserve records of that business. ...
  • Government or national archives: may collect materials related to all levels of government.
1 Sept 2022

What is the oldest library still in use? ›

Both works, as well as 4,000 other rare books, can be found at the world's oldest continually operating library. Al-Qarawiyyin library in Fez, Morocco opened in 1359 C.E., at the University of Al-Qarawiyyin (also the world's oldest, built in 859 C.E.).

What type of library materials are newspaper? ›

Periodical Articles. Articles from Newspapers and magazines, Trade publications, and Scholarly journals: The libraries offer access to both print and electronic articles.

What are the six sources of information in the library? ›

Sources of information
  • Sources of information.
  • Books and e-books.
  • Journals and journal articles.
  • Some useful research databases.
  • City Research Online.
  • Grey literature.
  • Finding theses.
  • Archives and special collections.

What are the five principles of library services? ›

They were developed in 1931 by Indian librarian S. R.
For reference, the laws are:
  • Books are for use.
  • Every person his or her book.
  • Every book its reader.
  • Save the time of the reader.
  • The library is a growing organism.
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What are the 10 types of library materials? ›

You can find more specific details about some of these in the sub-pages for this page.
  • Databases.
  • Government Documents.
  • Maps.
  • Monographs.
  • Serials (journals, magazines, newspapers)
  • Streaming Video.
29 Nov 2022

What are the five sources of information in the library? ›

Types of Sources
  • Academic Books. Academic books typically provide comprehensive, thorough treatment of a subject. ...
  • Scholarly Journals. Scholarly journals contain articles written by experts in an academic field. ...
  • Magazines. ...
  • Newspapers. ...
  • Primary Sources. ...
  • Government Publications. ...
  • Company Profiles & Industry Reports.
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What guide can a user use to locate materials in the library? ›

locating materials in the library is through the use of the library card catalogue.

How do I find old UK newspaper articles? ›

The British Newspaper Archive website gives access to over 40 million fully searchable pages, featuring more than 1,000 newspaper titles from every part of the UK and Ireland, and some overseas titles. Full text searching is available.

Where can I read old newspapers online India? ›

Proquest Newspapers Collection
  • ProQuest Times of India Archive (1838-2004)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Wall Street Journal (1889-1996)
  • Rare collection of old Urdu newspaper Al-Islah.

Do libraries have old newspapers UK? ›

British Newspaper Archive

Viewing the full-text for free is only available by visiting the British Library to access it from their reading rooms. Online access to many digitised newspapers, including 19th Century British Library Newspapers is available via Gale NewsVault.

Do libraries keep old newspapers UK? ›

Some libraries and archives have newspaper collections. Find regional newspaper collections in: British Library Newspapers – the main British copyright collection.

Do libraries have newspaper archives UK? ›

Since 1869 British and Irish newspapers have been received through legal deposit by which publishers are required to send one copy of each issue to the British Library. The collection includes full runs of the main London edition of all the British national daily and Sunday newspapers.

What is ROP newspaper? ›

Run of Paper (ROP)

Newspaper advertising that is positioned to run anywhere in a publication, with no exact choice of a specific position or page. Placement is at the discretion of the newspaper. More commonly referred to by its acronym, ROP, this is the most common option for newspaper advertisers.

Which is oldest newspaper in India? ›

The Bombay Samachar, now Mumbai Samachar, is the oldest continuously published newspaper in India. Established in 1822 by Fardunjee Marzban, it is published in Gujarati and English.


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