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Finding U.S. newspapers at Princeton

Where to start

For foreign historical news, see the guide at

First, if what you need in an American paper published before about 1990, is it in one of the large collections of historical newspapers?

A few historical newspapers have stand-alone online archives. Check the Quick Guide to Major Papers. 

Didn't find what you need? Check to see if it has been digitized:

Newspaper digitization projects (ICON: International Coalition on Newspapers)
Wikipedia: list of online newspaper archives
Historical U.S. Newspapers Online (libguide at the University of Pennsylvania, lists papers by state)

If you can’t find digital, you probably can find microfilm. There is a list of newspapers held at Princeton in microfilm, arranged by state, at If we do not have what you need, check Worldcat, then place an Interlibrary Loan request. 

If you don’t know what newspapers were published in a particular time/place, check Chronicling America: Newspaper Directory at the Library of Congress. This site also links to many digitized local papers from 1836-1922.

Attention: there are some digital newspaper collections that are not available through an institutional subscription:

  • Fold3 includes a SmallTownPapers collection; however, it is not part of the library subscription.
  • includes a newspaper collection that is not available in the Library Edition.
  • is a subset of the content from America's Historical Newspapers, repackaged for individual subscribers.
  • There are some individual papers with digital archives that are available only to individual subscribers. In most cases, the "archive" does not include pre-1990 content, so before subscribing, make sure that what you want is actually included, and check to see if Princeton subscribes to that paper through one of the collections above.

If you need information about a paper, try Wikipedia. There are good articles on many historic papers.

If the paper was published after 1990, go to the guide to Current newspapers (Lexis, Newsbank, Factiva).

Where to start (if you're not at Princeton)

If you are not a Princeton student, faculty or staff member, you will not able to access most of the fee-based resources listed here from these links. If you are a student somewhere, ask your librarian what your library can provide. If you're a member of the general public, check with your public library, or see the excellent list of papers available for free on the Internet, prepared by Carol Singer at Bowling Green State University: Historical U.S. Newspapers Online

Shortcut: U.S. papers in ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Atlanta Constitution 1868-1945
Arizona Republican 1890-1922
Austin American Statesman 1871-1977
Baltimore Sun 1837-1991
Boston Globe 1872-1985
Chicago Tribune 1849-1992
Christian Science Monitor 1908-2003
Cincinnati Enquirer 1841-1922
Dayton Daily News 1898-1922
Detroit Free Press 1837-1922
Indianapolis Star 1903-1922
Los Angeles Times 1881-1992
Louisville Courier Journal 1830-1922
Nashville Tennessean 1812-1922
New York Times 1851-2013
New York Tribune/Herald Tribune 1841-1962
Newsday (New York City, 1940-1988)
San Francisco Chronicle 1865-1922
St. Louis Dispatch 1874-1922
Wall Street Journal 1889-1999
Washington Post 1877-1999

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: African American newspapers

Atlanta Daily World 1931-2003
Baltimore Afro-American 1893-1988
Chicago Defender 1909-1975
Cleveland Call & Post 1934-1991
Los Angeles Sentinel 1934-2005
New York Amsterdam News 1922-1993
Norfolk Journal and Guide 1921-2003
Philadelphia Tribune 1912-2001
Pittsburgh Courier 1911-2002

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Jewish newspapers

American Hebrew and Jewish Messenger 1857-1922
American Israelite 1854-2000
Jewish Advocate 1905-1990
Jewish Exponent 1887-1990

Shortcut: 20th c. U.S. papers in America's Historical Newspapers

New Orleans Times-Picayune 1837-1978
Cleveland Plain-Dealer 1845-1981
Oregonian 1861-1972
Mobile Press Register (1970-1983 + more to come)
Seattle Daily Times 1923-1984
Trenton Times 1883-1992
Dallas Morning News 1885-1980
Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) 1793-1996
San Francisco Chronicle 1923-1984
Springfield Republican (Massachusetts) 1877-1946
Washington Evening Star (District of Columbia) 1923-1981
Richmond Times Dispatch (1903-1986)

Librarian for History and African American Studies

Steven Knowlton