Free Newspaper Archives in the US
Ah, the heartland. Here are the free newspaper archives from the mid-United States.
Colorado Newspaper Archives
Colorado Newspaper Archives from 1859-1923. Cowboys and gold miners galore!
Illinois News Archives
Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection, 1903-1945, at the University of Illinois. Carries the college newspaper, the Daily Illini, and the Urban Daily Courier in full page image format, with full text searching.
Quincy Illinois Historical Newspaper Archive 1835-1890
New Sterling, IL Newspaper Archives, 1854-2007. The Sterling Gazette, Sauk Valley Sunday, and others.
Indiana Newspaper Archives
Muncie Post Democrat Newspaper Collection at Ball State University, 1921-1950. Full text searching and full page images, but not the most user-friendly interface.
New Evansville Press, ?-1998. Newspaper clippings only; can be searched by title and keyword. Collection is poorly described, but includes a lot of material on the University of Indiana, especially basketball, and Bobby Knight.
New Vevay/Switzerland County Newspapers, 1840-1901. Courtesy of the Switzerland Co. HS, scanned page images (no text search, no keywords) of papers including The Vevay Times and Switzerland County Democrat, and The Vevay Reveille.
Iowa Newspaper Archives
The Des Moines Newspaper Archives, 1970-2007. Includes West Des Moines Express, and Polk County News.
The Malvern and Mills County Archives, 1864-2002. Includes the Malvern Leader, and Mills County Journal.
The Carroll Newspaper Archives, 1884-2007. The Carroll Daily Times Herald, other papers, and early atlases of Carroll County.
The Muscatine City Directories, 1856-1959. No newspapers but I included this anyway, as it includes a set of directories from the Musser Library, and they had to go somewhere!
New Marion newspaper archives, 1837-2012. From the Marion Public Library, archives from Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Linn County and, of course, Marion.
Did you know? Ancestry.com has a deep newspaper archive that can be searched for free (but there’s a fee for full access).
Kansas Newspaper Archives
New The Kansas Memory site, from the Kansas Historical Society, has thousands of digital items, including several hundred newspaper articles from the 1800′s and early 1900′s. The collection is poorly described, but includes newspapers from Topeka, Wichita, and Lawrence, among others.
Kentucky Newspaper Archives
The Kentuckiana Digital Library, 1886-1912 for papers across Kentucky, Includes the Bluegrass Blade in Lexington, and the Owensboro Vindicator (gotta love those names!). Full text searching, but an awkward interface.
New Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index, 1841-current. This collection from the Kenton Library is a strange mix of full text, full image newspapers, and newspaper indexes. Select the “full text” option to restrict search results to images.
Louisiana Newspaper Archives
Louisiana Newspaper Access Program, 19th and early 20th century. Part of the Louisiana Digital Library Collection, this is a cool collection of English and French language news. Wish it had a better user interface, though.
The Saugatuck-Douglas Library in Michigan has digitized the Commercial Record, 1868-1959 (site warns against using Internet Explorer, and suggests FireFox).
Minnesota Newspaper Archives
Holt Weekly News and Northern Light, 1911-1952. From the “Home of the Largest Co-operative Creamery in Marshall County” a terrific rural newspaper archive.
The Winona State University Newspaper Archives in Minnesota includes a number of papers from 1855-1946. This is a surprisingly diverse collection.
Missouri Newspaper Archives
Missouri Newspaper Archives, late 1800′s to the present, but dates and coverage are not well described at the site.
Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, 1889-2008. A large archive of two newspapers that eventually merged into one.
North Dakota Newspaper Archives
Frontier Scout, North Dakota’s first newspaper, 1864-65. About 20 issues are available online in full image format, but they are not text-searchable.
New Cleveland Press, 1878-1982. Several thousand article clippings, with full text search. Not a very friendly interface, I’m afraid.
Oklahoma Newspaper Archives
The Oklahoman, 1901-current. This is a fee-based archive, but it’s all there is from OK, so I included it. It can be searched and headlines retrieved for free.
Texas Newspaper Archives
New The Weimar Mercury, and other papers, 1885-1960, from the collection of the Nesbitt Memorial Library.
New The Wellington Leader, 1909-2006.
New The La Marque Times, 1970-1998.
Wisconsin Newspaper Archives
Wisconsin Newpaper Archives, mostly from the period 1860-1940, thousands of searchable newspaper clippings.
Other MidWest Newspaper Archives
Another source of millions of pages of newspaper archives from the MidWest can be found at NewspaperArchive.com. This is not a free service, but it’s a great resource, just the same.
Ancestry.com is an excellent source for historical research…fee-based, but well worth it.
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