Free Newspaper Archives in the US

Explore more than two centuries of free historical newspaper articles
Politics, War, Sports, Family History, Celebrities and Everyday News

 If you’re looking for historical American newspapers, online and free, this is the right place!

National Collections

NorthEastern United States

The South

The MidWest States

Western States

Special Collections

There are oodles of free newspaper archives online containing 250 years of news publishing in the United States. They’re scattered across the Web, and not always easy to find. That’s what this site is all about…making it easy to access free newspaper archives for looking back on history writ large and small.

Whether it’s researching a school paper, your family’s history, or simply the price of milk in 1934, newspaper archives are the place to look. Click on a U.S. region, above (or on the menu) to get started.

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You probably know there are many pricey subscription services for archives, like Proquest and Newsbank, along with some more affordable services like But before trying the pay services, make sure to explore all the free archives available for U.S. news.

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