- Based on authoritative bibliographies by Clarence S. Brigham and others
- Created from the holdings of Isaiah Thomas, the American Antiquarian Society and other institutions
- Also available online as part of America’s Historical Newspapers
It has been said that newspapers represent the first draft of history. As such, Early American Newspapers provides a fascinating glimpse into the nation’s past.
This collection began with Clarence Brigham’s "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820." The core of the collection is formed by Isaiah Thomas' own collection of colonial and early national period newspapers and supplemented by nearly two million issues added by Thomas' successors at the American Antiquarian Society. Numerous other institutions and historical societies have contributed to the collection including: the Boston Athenaeum; the Connecticut Historical Society; the Connecticut State Library; the Library Company of Philadelphia; the Library of Congress; the libraries of universities such as Brown and Harvard; and private collections. This joint effort led to the creation of an historical archive of momentous breadth and depth—over one million pages from more than 650 historical American newspapers.
Early American Newspapers on 35mm Silver Halide microfilm is available by title. Also, a digital series ofis part of Readex’s Web-based Archive of Americana.