Free Newspaper Archives in the US

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Northeast

The earliest newspaper archives in the US are found along the East coast, home to most of the original thirteen colonies. Here are the best free newspaper archives from the NorthEastern US.

Maryland Newspaper Archives

The Marlyland State Archives, mostly 1800′s. Sporadic coverage of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Archives are browseable by date, but there is no full text searching.

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Massachusetts Newspaper Archives

Barnstable Patriot (1830-1930) (on Cape Cod, MA). Full text search, courtesy of the Sturgis Library.

Provincetown Banner, The Advocate and several others (1869-1967, intermittent). Also on Cape Cod. Full text search, and image retrieval.

Chatham Monitor and the Cape Cod Chronicle archives (1871-2010, intermittent) courtesy of the Eldredge Public Library.

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New Hampshire Gazette, the first newspaper printed in New Hampshire. Formerly housed at the University of NH website, this now only seems to be available at the Wayback machine. There is only a single edition here, and it’s only 4-pages, but it’s from 1756, and worth a visit.

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New Jersey Newspaper Archives

Cranbury Press, Cranbury, NJ, from 1886-1926, from the archives of the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society.

Atlantic County, NJ (includes Atlantic City), 1860-1923, assorted newspapers from South Jersey.

Red Bank Register, (Middletown, NJ) 1878-1991. Full text searching available.

South Amboy Citizen, 1910-2000. Courtesy of the Dowdell Public Library. Browse by date, but no text searching. Page images available.

New The New Brunswick Daily Times and other papers,  1871-1908.

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New York Newspaper Archives

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1841-1955  One of my favorite newspapers…a great glimpse into nineteenth century New York.

The New York Times archives, 1853-current.  One of the world’s great newspaper archives.  All papers before 1923 and after 1987 are available free of charge, but there’s a fee for any dates in between...go figure!

New York State Historic Newspapers, 1804-current  A growing collection of newspapers from mostly northern NY state and mostly smaller communities, with some larger cities like Buffalo included.

Suffolk County, Long Island, NY, 1822-1990, A surprisingly diverse collection that appears to be growing.

Nassau County, Long Island, NY. About 10 papers here, each separately searchable. No good description of the collection, though.

Old New York State Historical Newspaper Pages, 18th-20th centuries.  An odd collection to be sure, but with more than 10 million newspaper pages from across NY, it’s certainly a valuable one.  Take a look at the FAQ for a description of the collection.

Rochester area newspapers, from Monroe County Library, ca 1800′s.  A small collection with a difficult search interface.  Try this search as an alternative.  Papers can be browsed, and once opened as a PDF, can be text searched. [Note: link was only semi-functional my last maintenance check...no sure of site's status]

New  Hudson River Valley Heritage newspaper archives, 1831-Current.  Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and a few other counties. Search results show individual articles, and you can then retrieve full newspaper page image.

The Friend of Man, 1836-1842, Utica, in Central New York. An anti-slavery newspaper, housed at Cornell University.

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Pennsylvania Newspaper Archives

Philadelphia Inquirer Civil War Archive, 1860-1865  The war from a Northern perspective. UPDATE: The link now also includes the Richmond Dispatch from Virginia.

Lancaster County, PA Newspaper Archives, 1816-1889, and 1915-2001.  Several online newspaper archives.

Tioga County, PA Newspaper Archives, 1810-2011.  From Wellsboro, PA, courtesy of the Green Free Public Library.

Penn State Newspaper Archives.  There are several collections here, including a sizable Civil War collection, with dozens of papers, including 4 from Philadelphia and 5 from Gettysburg. There are also archives of student newspapers, and an assortment of articles from Lancaster Farming from the 1950′s onward.

Smethport, PA newspaper archives, McKean County, 1833-1977.  A broad collection from Pennsylvania mining country, made available by the Hamlin memorial Library.

Pennsylvania Digital Archive, including the Nazareth Item (1891-1975) and the new Holland Clarion in Lancaster County (1873-1950),  There are many other digitized archives here as well in the varied but unfortunately, not very well-described collection.

Pennsylvania Civil War Newspaper Archives, 1831-1877.  Assorted papers including eight archived papers from Gettysburgh.  Full page images and full text search.

The Chester, PA newspaper archives, 1876-1976, includes the Chester Times, Delaware County Daily Times, and others.

Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository.  There is a lot here, though the collection is not well described.  19th and early 20th century newspapers along with other digital materials.   To zero in on the newspapers, used Advanced Search, enter newspaper and choose Description as the field to search on.

Ambler Gazette, 1894-1931.  Courtesy of the Wissahickon Valley Public Library in Montgomery County.

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Other NorthEast Newspaper Archives

Another source of millions of pages of newspaper archives from the North East can be found at NewspaperArchive.com. This is not a free service, but it’s a great resource, just the same.

 

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Did you know? Ancestry.com has a deep newspaper archive that can be searched for free (but there’s a fee for full access).

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More historical archives and research materials can be found at these excellent resources:

Genealogy Tools European Historical Newspapers
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Public Records Searches Ancestry.com

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