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Early American Newspapers: Series 13, 1803-1916

The American West

Unprecedented coverage from every state west of the Mississippi River
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  • Thousands of exceedingly rare U.S. newspapers published in every state West of the Mississippi River
  • Many of the earliest and most valuable small-town titles from across the expanding American frontier
  • A century of Western America—from Lewis & Clark to the Progressive Era—online for the first time

Early American Newspapers, Series 13, 1803-1916: The American West, represents the largest online collection of 19th-century

U.S. newspapers from the American West.  It delivers more than 2,300 titles published in all 24 states west of the Mississippi River, plus a number of titles published east of the Mississippi for valuable political and economic context. Filling a critical gap in the previous series, Series 13: The American West enormously extends the geographical breadth and depth of Early American Newspapers.

Exclusive access to rare and influential Western newspapers
For the first time ever, students and scholars have online access to thousands of titles offering new opportunities for fresh discoveries on nearly every aspect of American settlement and frontier life. Series 13: The American West features not only many of the earliest and rarest titles published in each Western region—many of which represent the only surviving record of local people, places and events—but also some of the West’s most successful and influential newspapers.

Among the large number of notable titles are The Glacier (Fort Wrangell, AK), El Fronterizo (Tucson, AZ), The Arkansas Star  (Little Rock), Daily Alta California (San Francisco), Rocky Mountain Herald (Denver, CO), Honolulu Times (HI), Yankee Fork  Herald (Bonanza City, ID), Iowa Territorial Gazette and Advertiser (Burlington), Kansas Territorial Register (Leavenworth),  New-Orleans Times (LA), St. Paul Daily Dispatch (MN), St. Louis Globe-Democrat (MO), Virginia Tri-Weekly Post (MT),  Frontier Index (Kearney, NE), Gold Hill Daily News (NV), Santa Fe Gazette (NM), Fargo Republican (ND), The Indian  (Pawhuska, OK), Oregon Sentinel (Jacksonville), Dakota Pioneer (Aberdeen, SD), San Antonio Ledger (TX), Salt Lake Daily Tribune (UT), Daily Pacific Tribune (Seattle, WA) and Cheyenne Daily Sun (WY).

For teaching and research across the humanities and social sciences
Designed in part to meet multidisciplinary research and teaching needs—including Borderland Studies and Immigration Studies— Series 13 provides vital new coverage of the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S.-Canada border and the many places where American and Native American territories and reservations meet. In addition to extensive coverage of American and European immigrants, this series offers news and opinions on Trans-Pacific immigrants, including Chinese labor families who arrived to work on the railroad. Other richly supported disciplines include Native American, Frontier, Ethnic, Gender, Environmental and Post-Colonial Studies.

In short, Series 13: The American West covers the history, culture and daily life of hundreds of Western small towns and provides new perspectives on a myriad of topics crucial to American studies.

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

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“Makes research for scholars and students much easier and more rewarding.”
Graham Hodges, George Dorland Langdon Jr. Professor of History, Colgate University
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This product supports the following subjects
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Immigration Studies
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Notable Titles

Daily Alta California (San Francisco, California; 1850-1876)

  • The first daily newspaper in California, the Daily Alta California chronicled the rise of San Francisco from a provincial port-town to a major Western city. It was printed on the first steam-driven press in the West, and its excellent journalism soon made it the leading paper of the state.

Era (New Orleans, Louisiana; 1863-1864)

  • The Era chronicled New Orleans during its rise to become the largest city in the American South. This run of the paper includes its reporting of the Civil War era, during which New Orleans fell under the control of the Union Army.

Minnesota Pioneer (St. Paul, Minnesota; 1856-1865)

  • This run of the Minnesota Pioneer covers St. Paul during an era that saw Minnesota achieve statehood and economic prosperity. During this decade, the more than 1,000 steamboats that were in service in St. Paul made it the gateway for settlers to the Minnesota frontier and Dakota Territory.

Daily Missouri Republican (St. Louis, Missouri; 1849-1876)

  • During the era covered here, the Daily Missouri Republican described the rise of St. Louis as a major gateway to the West. It also covered the national and local effects of the Civil War, with especially detailed reporting on the many Missourians who played key roles in the conflict.

Omaha Daily Republican (Omaha, Nebraska; 1866-1880)

  • The Omaha Daily Republican chronicled the city’s explosive growth following the Civil War and the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, the construction of which commenced in Omaha in 1866.

Las Vegas Daily Optic (Las Vegas, New Mexico; 1880-1890)

  • Published when Las Vegas was still part of Mexico, this run of the Las Vegas Daily Optic covers the city when it was one of the largest towns in the region. The arrival of the railroad in 1879 brought Las Vegas increased prosperity and many new residents, including a number of notorious outlaws such as Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, and Jesse James. As Ralph E. Twitchell—a former mayor of Santa Fe—once wrote: “Without exception there was no town which harbored a more disreputable gang of desperadoes and outlaws than did Las Vegas.”

Denver Tribune (Denver, Colorado; 1876-1883)

  • This run of the Denver Tribune chronicled the explosive growth of the city and the region following the arrival of the Denver Pacific Railway and the Colorado Silver boom. Its pages contain detailed descriptions of Denver’s transformation from a frontier boomtown to a major Western city, including the opening of the Tabor Grand Opera house, which was said to be the most opulent building between Chicago and San Francisco at it opening in 1881.

Daily Iowa State Record (Des Moines, Iowa; 1864-1876)

  • The Daily Iowa State Record here chronicles the economic boom that resulted from the arrival its first railroad link in 1866 and from the success of coal mining in the region. During this era Des Moines grew to be the largest city in Iowa.

Houston Telegraph (Houston, Texas; 1863-1876)

  • This run of the Houston Telegraph covers Houston and Southern Texas during the era when Houston emerged as a shipping and railroad hub for the export of cotton. Coverage also includes the Civil War years and Houston’s dramatic growth after the War, when it became established as the railroad center of Texas.

Helena Journal (Helena, Montana; 1888-1889)

  • This run of the Helena Journal begins in 1888, when Helena, Montana, counted some fifty millionaires among its citizens—making it the world’s richest city per capita. Helena’s wealth stemmed from the hugely successful gold mines of Last Chance Gulch, and the Helena Journal’s articles bring into vivid detail the colorful history that resulted from this fortune.

Leavenworth Daily Commercial (Leavenworth, Kansas; 1867-1876)

  • This run of the Daily Commercial covers Leavenworth during the post-Civil War years in which thousands of African-Americans moved to Leavenworth. Among them was Charles Henry Langston, an important African-American civil rights activist who campaigned for black suffrage and the right of African-American children to attend normal school. The Leavenworth Daily Commercial covered in detail the local debates that ensued.

The Globe (Washington, DC; 1830-1841) and other Washington, D.C. titles

  • Early American Newspapers, Series 13, focuses on newspaper published West of the Mississippi River, but to put those papers into a wider national context Readex has also included several newspapers from Washington, D.C., that contained extensive coast-to-coast reporting. In addition to the Globe, these include the Madisonian (1838-1845) and the Daily Morning Chronicle (1862-1873).
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