20th-Century American Newspapers, Series 1-3, 1923 forward
Picking up where coverage in Early American Newspapers ends
A boon to historical research, especially when a newspaper extensively covered local news events or persons of national interest, e.g., John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas or Huey Long's political exploits in Louisiana
R. L. Abbott, University of Evansville, in Choice (November 2011)

Quick Facts

  • An expanding collection of regionally diverse U.S. newspapers
  • An integral part of America's Historical Newspapers, which also includes Early American Newspapers and American Ethnic Newspapers
  • Each title also available individually through American Newspaper Archives


20th-Century American Newspapers provides access to the issues of major U.S. newspapers published after 1922. Available in individual series, 20th-Century American Newspapers offers college students and faculty with searchable digital editions of significant, regionally diverse newspapers from every area of the United States. Spanning the Roaring '20s to the end of the Cold War and beyond, this expanded coverage delivers long-awaited opportunities to more fully explore our recent past. Each series is cross-searchable via the integrated America's Historical Newspapers interface that allows users to easily view, magnify, print and save digital page images. Each title is also available individually as part of American Newspaper Archives.

20th-Century American Newspapers, Series 1

Includes these titles:

  • The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana; 1923-1988)
  • The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio; 1923-1991)
  • The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon; 1923-1987)

 One of America's most important newspapers, The Times-Picayune has been a mainstay of Louisiana life for nearly 200 years. In 1925, when newspapers printed literature as well as news, The Times-Picayune published short pieces by a young William Faulkner. Also in these 20th-century pages are essential reporting on the rise, rule and assassination of Governor Huey Long; disenfranchisement and segregation of the region's African Americans; Louisiana's French, Spanish, Acadian, African and French West Indian heritage; and more.

The nation's fifth largest city in the 1920s and '30s, Cleveland has long benefited from The Plain Dealer, winner of numerous awards in widely respected newspaper competitions. These issues of Ohio's largest daily paper chronicle attempts to energize the region after the Great Depression, the local boom after World War II and the election in 1967 of the first black mayor of a major U.S. city. Also in these pages are the diverse citizens whose joint efforts led to Cleveland's five-time recognition—first in 1949—as an All-American City.

The longest-running newspaper on the West Coast, The Oregonian has won numerous Pulitzer Prizes. The major daily paper in Portland features extensive reporting on the people and events that shaped the modern history of the Pacific Northwest. These issues cover the local growth that followed construction of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River and regional expansion of the food and timber industries. In addition, these pages document the conflicts that have polarized Oregon residents in the 20th century, including, for example, those pitting social progressives against small government conservatives. 

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20th-Century American Newspapers, Series 2

Includes these titles:

  • Press-Register (Mobile, Alabama; 1970-1992)
  • The Seattle Times (Seattle, Washington; 1923-1984)
  • Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey; 1923-1993)

Alabama's oldest daily newspaper, the Press-Register has chronicled the cultural and political changes in the South over 170 years. Aspects of 20th-century Alabama history covered include the role of the second Ku Klux Klan; growth of army training bases and air fields during World War II; and political leaders, such as Hugo Black, James "Big Jim" Folsom and George Wallace. Also here are crucial events in the Civil Rights Movement: the Montgomery Bus Boycott, emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 1965 Voting Rights March.

The largest daily in Washington State, The Seattle Times has long been well respected for its local coverage and award-winning reporting. The history of 20th-century Seattle and its region is detailed in these pages. Hit hard by the Depression, this strong labor town surged in the 1940s as orders arrived for Boeing bombers and naval warships. Covered here are such events as construction of the Grand Coulee Dam, internment of Japanese residents during World War II, migration of African American defense workers, postwar prosperity reflected in the 1962 World's Fair, eruption of Mount St. Helens and much more.

For more than 100 years, Trenton Evening Times has been a major source of news and community information for the capital region of Trenton. With a strong focus on the New Jersey government, this daily has documented the Garden State's rapid growth in the 20th century. Events covered include massive unemployment in the 1930s, emergence in the 1940s of electronics and chemical industries, opening of the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway in the 1950s and the area's suburban boom—a result of its central Northeast Corridor location.

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20th-Century American Newspapers, Series 3

Includes these titles:

  • The Springfield Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts; 1923-1946) and The Springfield Union (Springfield, Massachusetts; 1947-1987)
  • The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, Texas; 1923-1984)
  • The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, Georgia; 1923-1993)

In the 19th century, The Republican was nationally renowned for its literary quality, moral tone and editorial power. During the 20th century, the paper grew to feature extensive news coverage of Springfield—the largest city in Western Massachusetts and the "Crossroads of New England." Covering every town in The Pioneer Valley, The Republican chronicled the boom-and-bust of regional industries during periods of war and depression as well as local cities and towns buoyed by their colleges and universities. To continue local coverage after the demise of The Republican in 1946, The Springfield Union to 1987 is included.

Famous for its broad state and regional coverage, The Dallas Morning News has been a leading source of news in the Southwest since 1885. These pages chronicle decades of local history, starting shortly after the paper began its forceful condemnation of the Ku Klux Klan. By 1950, daily circulation had increased to more than 150,000, and its editorial columns began to advocate for city planning, public education, fair housing and cultural diversity. Capturing Dallas' transformation from an agricultural center to an industrial city, these issues cover the area's oil discovery, manufacturing expansion and real estate boom.

Described as "The South's Oldest Newspaper," the award-winning Augusta Chronicle has long covered local and national news, sports and business. Launched as a weekly in the 18th century, The Chronicle played an important role in Augusta's mid-20th century growth, pushing for a power dam, dredging of the Savannah River, an airfield, resort hotels and more. More recent issues of The Chronicle capture the evolution of Augusta—Georgia's second largest city—into a center of medicine, biotechnology and military training.

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"Readex, a division of Newsbank, offers ten newspapers in this set: Alabama's Mobile Register; Georgia's Augusta Chronicle; the Times-Picayune from New Orleans; both the Springfield Union and Springfield Republican from Massachusetts; New Jersey's Trenton Evening Times; Ohio's Cleveland Plain Dealer; the Oregonian from Portland; Texas's Dallas Morning News; and Washington's Seattle Daily Times....The database is easily searchable with options for Full Text, Headline, Standard Title, and Title as Published. Search results may be shown either as best matches first, in chronological order, or in reverse chronological order.

Search fields may be added or removed to accommodate more complex subjects....The type of online full-text content that only newspapers can provide is a boon to historical research, especially when a newspaper extensively covered local news events or persons of national interest, e.g., John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas or Huey Long's political exploits in Louisiana. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general audience."
—R. L. Abbott, University of Evansville, in Choice (November 2011)

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