Historical Newspapers Online
ICON: Newspaper Digitization Project
Provides a freely accessible database of information for over 25,000 U.S. and international newspapers.
U.S. Historical Newspapers
This guide from Bowling Green State University provides links by state.
Chronicling America, 1880-1910
Search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Historical Newspapers online
This site, compiled by the University of Pennsylvannia libraries, is a comprehensive guide listing historical newspapers by state. These historical U.S. newspapers are available online at no cost.
By going to a newspaper's website, check if free online archives are available. For example:
Finding Aids: New Ways to Find Old News
The bibliographic indexes below allow you to identify newspaper articles from specific time periods in papers we own and in papers we do not own. If OSU does not collect a copy of the newspaper you are looking for, and you are an OSU student, faculty, or staff member, you may request a copy of a newspaper article through Inter-Library Loan if a full and accurate citation is provided to the ILL office. Submit an ILL request.
Antislavery Newspapers and Periodicals (E449 .A621)
Volume two provides an annotated index of letters in the Liberator, Anti-Slavery Record, Human Rights, and the Observer, 1835-1865.
Early American Newspapers, Series I, Online: 1690-1876
Also known as America’s Historical Newspapers. Series I offers more than 700 historical American newspapers from 23 states and the District of Columbia printed between 1690 and 1876. Focusing largely on the 18th century, Series I is based on Clarence S. Brigham’s “History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820″ and other authoritative bibliographies.
The University of Oregon Libraries maintains a large collection of newspapers published in Oregon, the United States, and around the world, both current and historical. For more information about this collection, please refer to the University of Oregon Libraries guide, Finding Newspapers http://libweb.uoregon.edu/guides/newspapers/papers.html
Access to this material would be in person at the University of Oregon's Knight Library or through interlibrary loan with very specific citation information in order to quickly and easily located a desired article.
Eugene Newspaper Index: 1855-1870 (AN .U5 E8)
Library Association of Portland Newspaper Index(AI3 .P78) Indexes issued in 1980 cover state and local news, ca. 1905-1979, from the Oregon Journal, the Oregonian (with selected indexing from the Portland Telegram (1919-1931), and the Portland Reporter (1960-1964), and retrospective indexing to 1851 from miscellaneous sources. Indexes issued in 1985- cover the Oregonian, Oregon Journal, Willamette Week, and Business Journal.
Newspaper Indexes: A Location and Subject Guide for Researchers: (REF AI3 .M5 1977)
Oregon Newspapers on Microfilm: (REF Z6952 .O7 O71 & REF Z6952 .O7 O71 1989)
Oregon Spectator (Indexes) 1846-1854 (AI21 .O7)
Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature (REF AI3 .R4)
Sometimes refers to NY Times articles.
California Historical News
NEW! California Digital Newspaper Collection is a database of digitized newspapers. With coverage back to the mid-1800's titles include:
- Amador Ledger
- Black Voice News
- California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences
- California Star
- California Star & Californian
- Daily Alta California
- Imperial Valley Press
- La Jolla Village News
- La Jolla Village News Readers Choice Awards
- Los Angeles Herald
- Pacific Rural Press
- Placer Times
- Sacramento Daily Union
- Sacramento Transcript
- San Diego Downtown News
- San Francisco Call
- Santa Cruz Sentinel
- Sausalito News
- Trinity Journal
Here is a list of newspapers, historical and current, on microfilm at Valley Library.
Search these full-text databases for historical news:
American Periodicals Series a database of magazines and newspapers from 1740-1900. This unique and valuable collection contains digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals that originated between 1741-1900, when Andrew Bradford's American Magazine and Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine were launched. Deriving from the acclaimed American Periodicals Series microform collection, APS Online features over 1,100 periodicals spanning nearly 200 years-from colonial times to the advent of American involvement in World War II. Titles range from America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository, to popular magazines like Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal.
America's Historical Newspapers a database of newspapers from 1690-1876. Also known as Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876. This historical collection contains hundreds of historic newspapers listed in Clarence Brigham's authoritative bibliography and in additional subsequent bibliographies.
Here is a list of historical Oregon newspapers in microfilm on the 3rd floor of The Valley Library.
For locating historical citations from newspapers, you can try Google News Archive. After identifying citations, check if OSU Libraries holds the newspaper and if we don't, request it from interlibrary loan.
Photo courtesy of Pingu1963.
Historical Newspaper Databases
America's Historical Newspapers
Also known as Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876. This collection contains hundreds of historic newspapers listed in Clarence Brigham's authoritative bibliography and in additional subsequent bibliographies.
Coverage Dates: 1690 - 1876
American Periodicals Series
This unique and valuable collection contains digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals that originated between 1741, when Andrew Bradford's American Magazine and Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine were launched, and 1900. Titles range from America's first scientific journal, Medical Repository, to popular magazines like Vanity Fair and Ladies' Home Journal.
Coverage Dates: 1740 - 1900
Alternative Press Index Archive
API indexes journal, newspaper, and magazine articles from over 300 international alternative, radical, and left periodicals. API covers theories and practices of socialism and revolution along with Ecology, Democracy and Anarchism, Feminism and Organized Labor, Indigenous Peoples and Gays/Lesbians.
Coverage Dates: 1969 - 1991
Ethnic News Watch: A History
OSU Libraries subscribes to the back file of Ethnic NewsWatch™ (ENW). ENW presents a comprehensive, full-text collection of hundreds of ethnocentric publications. The voices of the Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and multi-ethnic communities.
Coverage Dates: 1959 - 1989
Los Angeles Times Archives
Full-text of the Los Angeles Times archives from 1881-1988.
Coverage Dates: 1881 - 1988
New York Times Archives
Full-text of the New York Times from 1858-2008.
Coverage Dates: 1858 - 2008
Full-text archives of The Oregonian, 1861 - 1987.
Coverage Dates: 1861 - 1987
On Microfilm: Oregon Newspapers
|Benton Bulletin||AN.U5 B37||1976 - 1998|
|Benton County Courier||AN .U5 B4||Mar. 18, 1915 - May 26, 1924|
|Benton County Herald||AN U5 B42||Aug. 4, 1932 - May 18, 1978|
|Benton County Republican||AN U5 B4||Oct. 11, 1906 - Mar. 11, 1915|
|Benton Democrat||AN U5 B414||May 4, 1871 - Mar. 21, 1874|
|Benton Independent||AN U5 B45||Apr. 18, 1924 - Mar. 24, 1932|
|Corvallis Gazette (weekly)||AN U5 C592||Apr 22, 1865 - 1920|
|Corvallis Times||AN U5 C59||Aug 2, 1893 - Jun 25, 1909|
|Newport Mercury||AN U5 N761||1758 - 1775|
|Occidental Messenger (Corvallis)||AN U5 W4||Sep 26, 1857 - Jun 5, 1858|
|Oregon Free Press||AN U5 O59||Apr 8 - Dec 16, 1848|
|Oregon Journal||AN U5 O6||Mar 11, 1902 - Sep 4, 1982|
|Oregon Labor Press||HD6500 O726||1940 - 1985|
|Oregon Spectator||F880 O711||v.1; 1846 - v.8; 1855|
|Oregon Union||AN U5 O65||Jul 1897 - Feb 10, 1899|
|(Mar 12, 1859 - Sept 30,1861 filmed with AN U5 W4)|
|Portland Reporter||AN U5 P8||Feb 11, 1960 - Oct 1964|
|Willamette Bridge (Portland)||AN U5 W48||Jul,20 1968 - Jul 14, 1971|
|Willamette Valley Observer||AN U5 W5||Jan 1975 - Jul 21, 1982|
|Willamette Week||AN U5 W52||1974 - June 5, 1999|
On Microfilm: National Newspapers
|American Weekly Mercury||AP2 A2 A838||Dec 22, 1719 - May 22, 1746|
|Boston Post Boy||AN U5 B642||Nov 12, 1744 - Apr 17, 1775|
|Chicago Defender||AN U5 C4||Apr 2, 1921 - 1980|
|Daily Journal of Commerce||HF5001 .D27||1953 - Apr 16, 1974|
|Daily Republican||AN U5 B39||Jan 2 - Feb 19, 1915|
|Daily Worker||AN U5 W6||1919 - July 14, 1968|
|Daily World||AN U5 D3||Jul 1968 - Jun 1974|
|Gales Independent Gazeteer||AN U5 G3||Nov 1786 - 1797|
|Hemingford Ledger (Lincoln, NE)||AN U5 H461||Oct 7, 1915 - Mar 3, 1938|
|Independent Gazetteer||AN U5 G3||Nov 22, 1786 - Sept 12, 1797|
|Maryland Gazette||AN U5 M371||1745 - 1789|
|National Observer (Wash., D.C.)||AN U5 N35||Feb 1962 - Jul 11, 1977|
|Newbern (NC) Gazette||AN U5 N741||1798 - 1804 (scattered issues)|
|North Carolina Gazette||AN U5 N871||Nov 1751 - Oct 1759 (lacks many issues)
Jun 1768 - Nov 1778 (lacks many issues)
|North Carolina Mercury||AN U5 N741||1799 - 1801 (scattered issues)|
|Pennsylvania Evening Herald & General Advocate||AN U5 P4||1785 - Feb 14, 1788|
|Pennsylvania Evening Post & Daily Advertiser||AN U5 P42||1775 - 1779|
|Pennsylvania Ledger or Philadelphia Market Day advertiser||AN U5 P44||Nov 11, 1775 - May 23, 1778|
|Pennsylvania Mercury & Philadelphia Price current||AN U5 P45||1786 - 1792 (for 8/20/1784 - 1/20/1786 see AN U5 G3)|
|Philadelphische Zeitung||AN .U5 P481||1755 - 1757|
|Pittsburgh Courier||AN U5 P5||Mar 25, 1911 - 1912; 1923 - 1973|
|Triweekly Republican||AN U5 B38||Jun 21, 1900 - Jun 17, 1910|
|Vietnam Courier||DS557 A1 V45||Jun 10, 1964 - Apr 24, 1972|
|Virginia Gazette||AN U5 V5||Sep 6, 1736 - Dec 9, 1780|
|Virginia Journal & Alexandria Advertiser||AN U5 V52||Feb 5, 1784 - Nov 24,1795|
|Woodburn Opportunity News||HD1527 O7 O6||v.1; 1965 - v.4; 1968|
|The Worker||AN U5 W6 Film||1919 -Jul 14, 1968|
On Microfilm: International News
|Der Hoch-Deutsche||AN U5 H581||1739 - 1745 & 1756 - 1762|
|Japan (Nippon) Times||AN J3 J29||Dec 1941 - 1945|
|Manchester Guardian Weekly||AN G7 M3||v.66; 1952 - v.155; Dec. 1996|
|Pravda||AN R8 P7||1961 - June 1999|
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