America's Historical Newspapers
Thousands of titles chronicle centuries of American history, culture and daily life
Users can bring to life on their monitors the pages of an old newspaper from any major American city—and some small towns—and read about whatever person or event they choose.
Bruce Chadwick, Professor of History, Rutgers University, in Journal of American History (Sept. 2010)


As the first draft of history, American newspapers have preserved essential records and detailed accounts of the people, issues and events that shaped the nation for hundreds of years. In the 1800s, American newspapers were often published by small-town printers and reflected the interests and values of the communities they served. But as the country grew and changed, so too did its newspapers. In the 19th century, the number of titles published rose dramatically, and newspapers were transformed by an increasing emphasis on society, industry, scientific advances, investigative journalism and human-interest stories. By the early 20th century, nearly every town in the United States had its own newspaper.

Thousands of titles from all 50 states 
For searching and browsing American newspapers published in three centuries, America’s Historical Newspapers is the most comprehensive online resource available. Continually expanding, it offers searchable digital facsimiles of thousands of titles from all 50 states. With eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, obituaries and much more, this acclaimed collection uniquely chronicles the evolution of American culture and daily life from 1690 to the recent past.

Multiple series, many options, but a single interface
Easily tailored to meet the needs of every institution’s researchers, America’s Historical Newspapers features Early American Newspapers, Series 1-9; 20th-Century American Newspapers, Series 1-3; and American Ethnic Newspapers. The latter includes African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980; and Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection, 1799-1971.

In addition to its availability by series, America’s Historical Newspapers can be customized geographically by any one or more of 50 states or nine regions. And American Newspaper Archives offers more than 100 individually available titles, including many major long-running papers. Regardless of which series, states, regions or individual titles are selected, all are searchable via a common integrated interface through which researchers can read, print, save and share images.

From the leading newspaper repositories
America’s Historical Newspapers has been created through partnerships with the American Antiquarian Society, the Library of Congress, the Wisconsin Historical Society and more than 90 other institutions. A distinguished academic advisory board supervises the title selection process, considering the historical significance of each newspaper and the diverse political positions of the period.