San Diego Union (1871-1983)
An Archive of Americana Collection

Quick Facts

  • A leading source of news and analysis of local, regional, national and international issues
  • A century of Southern California history in a fully searchable archive
  • Ideal for a broad range of users, including researchers, students and genealogists


As San Diego’s oldest surviving newspaper, the San Diego Union provides an unmatched record of daily life in Southern California. From the region’s early struggles to attract permanent residents to its explosive economic growth, the booms and busts of Southern California are captured in astounding detail, providing invaluable research opportunities for students, genealogists and researchers. Combined with diverse perspectives of national and international events, this fully searchable digital archive is essential for understanding 19th- and 20th-century history.

Firsthand perspectives of early Southern California history
From its early years covering a down-on-its-luck seaside town of just over 2,000 people, the San Diego Union quickly established itself as a leading voice in Southern California. Through the development of San Diego’s ports and military bases, its struggles with drought and farming, and the arrival of the town’s first railroad, the Union provided pithy commentary and firsthand accounts of the burgeoning economy. By the end of the 19th century, Southern California was— as the Union’s first publisher had hoped—populated with “manufacturing and mercantile houses, princely residences, domes and spires of churches and schools of learning—the streets teeming with a prosperous and industrious people.”

In-depth coverage of 20th century urbanization and growth
From the rise of the automobile to the development of aircraft factories to the influence of Hollywood, the San Diego Union provides a uniquely local perspective of Southern California’s contributions to national industry and culture. And as the oldest newspaper in one of the nation’s most diverse regions, the Union also provides valuable insight into Hispanic culture, Asian immigration and African-American studies. Along with firsthand reporting on the Great Depression, real estate booms and border issues, the San Diego Union archive is an essential resource for any scholar of 20th-century history.

An American Newspaper Archive
One of the major titles in American Newspaper Archives, this digital edition enables users to easily search and browse the San Diego Union. Digital editions of dozens of other vital American newspapers, from every region of the United States, are also available individually. Each is cross-searchable via an integrated interface that allows users to easily view, magnify, print and save digital page images.

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