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America's Historical Newspapers & Periodicals

Thousands of titles chronicle centuries of American history, culture, and daily life
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  • Essential primary sources for exploring the people, places, and events that shaped the nation
  • Thousands of rare historical American newspapers offering a rich chronicle of daily life in America
  • Curated into collections to provide a broad range of historical, regional, and political perspectives from 1690 to the early 20th century

As the first draft of history, American newspapers have preserved essential records and everyday accounts of the people, issues, and events that shaped the nation for hundreds of years.

From the late 17th century to the end of the eighteenth, most American newspapers were published by small-town printers and reflected the interests and values of the communities they served. As the country grew and changed through the 1800s, so too did its newspapers.  During this period, the number of new titles 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.

Multiple series, thousands of titles, all on a single platform
For searching and browsing American newspapers from four centuries, America’s Historical Newspapers is the most comprehensive digital resource of its kind. It offers access to thousands of titles sourced from all 50 states and is constantly growing with newly sourced content. The newspapers in America’s Historical Newspapers provide eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, obituaries, and much more. Together, they are an indispensable chronicle of the evolution of American culture and daily life from 1690 to the recent past. 

Early American Newspapers, 1690-1922—the foundation of America’s Historical Newspapers—is the most comprehensive collection anywhere for exploring the American past. Easily tailored to meet the needs of your institution’s students, researchers, and faculty, Early American Newspapers can be acquired by series, by place of publication, by era, and by decade.
American Ethnic Newspapers contains several distinct collections and is an essential complement to Early American Newspapers. 

  • African American Newspapers: By Series, 1827-1998
  • Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980
  • Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection, 1799-1971 

Subject-specific newspaper collections 

  • American Business: Agricultural Newspapers
  • American Business: Mercantile Newspapers
  • American Gazettes: Newspapers of Record 
  • American Politics: Campaign Newspapers
  • American Religion: Denominational Newspapers 
  • American Underworld: The Flash Press

Individual newspaper titles 

  • Washington Evening Star (1852-1981)—the newspaper of record for the nation’s capital 
  • Cleveland Leader (1854-1913)

From the leading newspaper repositories
The collections that comprise America’s Historical Newspapers are 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 guides the title selection process.

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Advisory Board

(formed in 2004)

Ellen Broidy
Head of Collections, Research and Instructional Services Department, Young Research Library (now retired)
University of California, Los Angeles

Charles Clark
Professor of History (deceased, 2013)
University of New Hampshire

James Danky
Formerly Newspaper and Periodicals Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Currently a faculty associate at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Susan Fales
Digital Collections Curator
Brigham Young University

Donald Farren
Formerly Associate Director of Libraries for Special Collections
University of Maryland, College Park

Vincent Golden
Curator of Newspapers
American Antiquarian Society

Thomas Leonard
University Librarian (now retired) 
University of California, Berkeley

Jeff Pasley
Professor of History
University of Missouri

Whitman Ridgway
Associate Professor of History, Emeritus
University of Maryland

Henry Snyder
Director of the Center for Bibliographic Research (deceased, 2016)
University of California, Riverside 

John Tofanelli
Librarian for British and American History and Literature
Columbia University

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