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Early American Newspapers: Series 12, 1821-1900

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Political, Business and Religious Newspapers of the 19th Century
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  • More than 1,200 19th-century titles from 49 states and the District of Columbia
  • Hundreds of rare short-lived U.S. papers, available online for the first time
  • Rich with agricultural, campaign, denominational and mercantile newspapers


Early American Newspapers, Series 12, 1821-1900, expands significantly on the 11 previous series. With more than 1,200 titles spanning 49 states and the District of Columbia, Series 12 is by far the largest selection of early U.S. newspapers offered to date, dramatically extending the political, geographical and subject-matter breadth and depth of Early American Newspapers.

First access to hundreds of short-lived newspapers
Series 12 offers students and scholars online access to more than a thousand of the rarest newspapers published across the United States—for the first time ever. Designed to meet multidisciplinary research and teaching needs, Series 12 provides journalistic accounts and commentary rich in topics essential to the humanities and social sciences. The collection not only presents vital new coverage of local, regional and national history, culture and daily life, but also critical facets of U.S. business, politics and religion.

Key titles include Mercantile Gazette and Prices Current (San Francisco, CA), Grand Valley Star (Grand Junction, CO), Daily

Globe (Washington, DC), Ka Elele Hawaii (Honolulu, HI), Dubuque Daily Times (Dubuque, IA), New Orleans Republican

(New Orleans, LA), The Reformer and Campaign Times (Boston, MA), Maine Farmer (Augusta, ME), Western Episcopalian (Gambier, OH), The Spirit of ’76 (Nashville, TN), Wisconsin Daily Patriot (Madison, WI), The Journal (Tacoma, WA) and many others.

Many new subject-specific papers
Series 12offers an especially rich trove of titles in specific disciplines. For the study of economic and industrial history a large number of agricultural and mercantile titles are included. Campaign newspapers are represented by titles covering all presidential and many important regional campaigns from the Early National Era to Reconstruction. Denominational newspapers provide new insight into religion—the epicenter of nearly everything in the 19th century—and offer unique commentary on such divisive issues as slavery, women’s suffrage and prohibition. In addition, gazettes—known as newspapers of record—are replete with prized statistical data.

In short, Series 12 provides intimate insight into major transformations and issues that shaped 19th-century American society.

Issues covered include abolitionism, immigration, labor, farming, manufacturing, invention, African American and Native American history, the Second Great Awakening, the Civil War, westward expansion, government corruption and the rise of commerce and communications.

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The Early American Newspapers series is available within America’s Historical Newspapers.

“…an essential source…”
“Makes research for scholars and students much easier and more rewarding.”
Graham Hodges, George Dorland Langdon Jr. Professor of History, Colgate University
Areas of Study
This product supports the following subjects
American Studies
British & European Studies
Business History
Childhood Studies
Environmental Studies
Ethnic Studies
Immigration Studies
Literature & Theater
Native American Studies
Religion & Theology
STEM History
US History
War & Conflict
Women's Studies
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Notable Titles

(Updated August 2016)

The Old Soldier (Springfield, Illinois; 1840)

  • Young Abraham Lincoln was a member of the Springfield Whig Committee that published this early campaign paper. In 1840 Lincoln wrote, “The subscription is increasing at a rate of nearly 100 names daily…I do not think it will stop short of 12,000.” Early American Newspapers, Series 12, contains more than 240 newspapers from Massachusetts.  

Mercantile Gazette and Prices Current (San Francisco, California; 1857-1867)

  • One of the most successful mercantile papers in San Francisco from the 1850s to the 1870s, the Mercantile Gazette and Prices Current is one of the more than 50 newspapers from California in Early American Newspapers, Series 12

The Log Cabin (New York, New York; 1840-1841)

  • Henry Raymond—the co-founder of The New York Times—described The Log Cabin as “the most successful campaign newspaper ever published.” Early American Newspapers, Series 12, contains more than 300 newspapers from New York state.  

The Philadelphian (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 1827-1848)

  • One of the most influential early religious newspapers in Pennsylvania, The Philadelphian is one of the more than 20 religious papers from this state. Early American Newspapers, Series 12, contains more than 150 newspapers from Pennsylvania.  

The Washington Daily Globe (Washington, DC; 1859-1873)

  • The Globe was one of the most influential dailies in Washington, and functioned as one of the city’s official gazettes from the 1840s to the 1870s. Early American Newspapers, Series 12, contains more than 25 newspapers from the District of Columbia.  

Chicago Standard (Chicago, Illinois; 1867-1876)

  • The Standard was one of the most influential religious newspapers in Chicago during the 1860s and 1870s. Early American Newspapers, Series 12, contains more than 70 newspapers of all types from Illinois. 

Louisville Journal, Extra (Louisville, Kentucky; 1844-1852)

  • The Journal was an “extra” that focused on the political campaigns of 1852. Early American Newspapers, Series 12, contains more than 20 Kentucky newspapers, including both general interest papers and those created especially for political campaigns.  

United States Telegraph, Extra (Washington, DC; 1832-1836) and the Delaware Democrat and Easton Gazette(Easton, PA; 1827-1828)

  • These two papers are credited by historians as establishing the power of the campaign newspaper to influence elections: “Not until the appearance of such papers as the Delaware Democrat…and the United States Telegraph-Extra…did the campaign newspaper…establish itself as a major weapon in the campaign arsenals of the political parties.” (William Miles, editor of The People’s Voice, An Annotated Bibliography of American Presidential Campaign Newspapers, 1828-1984)

Christian Herald (Cincinnati, Ohio)

  • One of the most influential early religious newspapers in Ohio, the Christian Herald is one of the more than 100 Ohio newspapers in Early American Newspapers, Series 12.   

The Whip and Spur (Newport, New Hampshire; 1839-1856)

  • A pioneer in the use of aggressive personal attacks on its political adversaries, this paper described Henry Clay as “A LEADER whose political infamy is only surpassed by the depravity of his licentious and profligate character.” Early American Newspapers, Series 12, contains more than 50 newspapers from New Hampshire.  

New Orleans Commercial Bulletin (New Orleans, Louisiana; 1832-1871)

  • The Commercial Bulletin was one of the most successful mercantile papers in New Orleans from 1830s to the 1870s, when New Orleans was the largest city in the South. Early American Newspapers, Series 12, contains more than 30 newspapers from Louisiana.  

Colorado Springs Gazette and El Paso County News (Colorado Springs, Colorado; 1874-1876)

  • This paper covered the city of Colorado Springs and mining news from the entire state during the 1870s—the peak years of the silver boom. Early American Newspapers, Series 12, contains more than 30 newspapers from Colorado. 

Connecticut Catholic (Hartford, Connecticut; 1876)

  • The Connecticut Catholic was one of the most successful of the many religious newspapers published in the Nutmeg State during the nineteenth century. Early American Newspapers, Series 12, contains more than 30 Connecticut newspapers, twenty of which were affiliated with religious denominations. 
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