(Updated July 2016)
Featuring more than 140 significant 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century newspapers from all regions of the United States, Early American Newspapers, Series 4, offers small-town weeklies, big-city dailies and many titles of particular historical importance. Key titles include:
Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)
- The Journal offers wide-ranging coverage of daily life and culture on the southwestern frontier, both before and after New Mexico and Arizona gained statehood.
- Includes 6,194 issues published between 1906 and 1922.
Anaconda Standard (Montana)
- Owned by famed copper tycoon Marcus Daily, the Standard was known as one of the best-edited papers in the country.
- Includes 8,918 issues published between 1898 and 1922
Argus and Patriot (Montpelier, Vermont)
- One of the largest newspapers in New England outside of the major cities, the Argus was edited by the hard-hitting Hiram Atkins, the “War-Horse of the Democratic Party.”
- Includes 1,781 issues published between 1863 and 1908
Boston Evening Transcript (Massachusetts)
- This influential newspaper was managed by Cornelia W. Walter, one of the few woman editors of the 1800s.
- Includes 4,470 issues published between 1842 and 1856. Early American Newspapers, Series 8, includes 2,963 issues published between 1857 and 1866.
Charleston Courier (South Carolina)
- The earliest predecessor of the Charleston Post and Courier—the oldest daily in the South—the Courier’s founder is said to have rowed out to meet ships from London so he could get international news earlier than his competitors.
- Includes 3,546 issues published between 1803 and 1820. Early American Newspapers, Series 6, includes 10,446 issues published between 1822 and 1872.
Daily Record-Miner (Juneau, Alaska)
- The Record-Miner offers a glimpse into the lives of men and women who sought their fortunes during the Yukon Gold Rush.
- Includes 1,618 issues published between 1903 and 1911
Indianapolis Sentinel (Indiana)
- The Sentinel covers the dramatic changes that took place in the Midwest after the Civil War, including the beginnings of the “Rust Belt.”
- Includes 3,339 issues published between 1872 and 1882
Irish World (New York City)
- The largest-selling Irish-American newspaper in America during the Gilded Age; controversial owner/editor Patrick Ford focused on women’s suffrage and the labor movement.
- Includes 688 issues published between 1890 and 1905
The Liberator (Boston, Massachusetts)
- Founded by William Lloyd Garrison, this powerful anti-slavery newspaper became the pre-eminent abolitionist organ of 19th-century America.
- Includes 1,828 issues published between 1831 and 1865
National Era (Washington, D.C.)
- This powerful abolitionist paper generated national attention with its serialized publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
- Includes 651 issues published between 1847 and 1859
New-Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth)
- The first newspaper in the state of New Hampshire, the Gazette is also one the nation’s oldest existing papers.
- Includes 772 issues published between 1836 and 1851. Early American Newspapers, Series 1, includes 4,155 issues published between 1756 and 1833; Series 2 includes 415 issues published between 1836 and 1844; and Series 3 includes 487 issues published between 1834 and 1851.
New York Herald (New York City)
- This pre-eminent 19th-century newspaper pioneered the creation of war correspondents, foreign bureaus and special sections on style, sports, business and the arts.
- Includes 8,104 issues published between 1874 and 1898. Early American Newspapers, Series 2, includes 6,232 issues published between 1844 and 1874, and Series 11 includes 909 issues published between 1835 and 1840.
North American (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
- The North American covers the rise of industry and finance in mid-19th-century Philadelphia.
- Includes 12,670 issues published between 1839 and 1879
Salt Lake Telegram (Utah)
- This influential title was known as “Utah’s independent newspaper.”
- Includes 6,744 issues published between 1902 and 1922
Springfield Republican (Massachusetts)
- Known for its cultural leadership, national opinion-making and high literary quality, the Republican circulated widely throughout the U.S. in the 19th century. Horace Greeley called it "the best and ablest country journal ever published on the continent."
- Includes 11,742 issues published between 1877 and 1910. Early American Newspapers, Series 5, includes 501 issues published between 1861 and 1871. Early American Newspapers, Series 8, includes 7,783 issues of the Springfield Daily Republican published between 1911 and 1922
Yidishes Tageblatt or Jewish Daily News (New York City)
- The first Yiddish daily in New York City, the socialist-leaning Tageblatt chronicled the experiences of Jewish immigrants.
- Includes 2,107 issues published between 1916 and 1922