Free Newspaper Archives in the US

Explore 250 Years of US Newspaper Archives, Free of Charge
History, Politics, War, Sports, Family Background, and Plain Old Everyday News

The South

The Southern states in the US have always had a strong regional identity, as can be seen in these free newspaper archives from the South, going back in history hundreds of years.

Alabama Newspaper Archives

New Birmingham Iron Age, 1874-1887. A valuable collection from the Birmingham Public Library, covering the very early days of Birmingham history. The collection is incomplete, but also includes numerous clippings from other newspapers and magazines.

You can find more Alabama newspaper archives at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.

Arkansas Newspaper Archives

The Journal-Advance (1869-1949), in Gentry. Originally called Orchard City, Gentry newspaper archives gives a good look at 19th and early 20th century life in the Ozarks.

You can find more Arkansas newspaper archives at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.


Florida Newspaper Archives

Florida Digital Newspaper Library archives, early 1800's to current. There's a lot of history and content here, though I wish the collection was better-described. Full text search and full images.

Boca Raton, FL newspapers, 1930's-current. Archives courtesy of the Boca Raton Historical Society.

You can find more Florida newspaper archives at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.

Georgia Newspaper Archives

Georgia Historical Newspapers, 1750-1925. A very diverse collection, from the 18th century, forward.

You can find more Georgia newspaper archives at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.

Louisiana Newspaper Archives

Louisiana Newspaper Access Program, 19th and early 20th century. From the Louisiana Digital Library Collection, this is an interesting collection of English and French language news. A useful, though not very user friendly site.

New Orleans Bee, 1827-1923. In English and French, this is a nice window into early New Orleans history. Courtesy of the Jefferson Parish Library; browseable by date, with no text search.

You can find more Louisiana newspaper archives at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.

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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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North Carolina Newspaper Archives

New North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project, 1751-1898. A mixed bag of newspapers from different years, and different places around the state, including Edenton, Fayetteville, Hillsboro, New Bern, Salisbury and Wilmington.

You can find more North Carolina newspaper archives at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.


South Carolina Newspaper Archives

Archives for a paper called The New South, 1862-1866, published in Port Royal and later in Beaufort, SC during the Civil War. Archive has full-text search.

New. The South Carolina Digital Library features several newspapers, including the Pee Dee Times and the Georgetown American, mostly from the 19th century. For some reason, 20th century papers are at a separate and hard-to-find link.

You can find more South Carolina newspaper archives at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.

Virginia Newspaper Archives

Ancestry.com-archives Richmond Then and Now, 1860-1989. A small collection of articles covering some historical highlights from this storied city. Text-only.

Virginia Gazette, 1736-1780. An important 18th century resource from the time of the Revolutionary War. Can be browsed by date or searched by keyword.

New Port Townsend Morning Leader, 1903-1910. From the 'Collections' list, select Port Towsend Leader to search just the newspaper.

You can find more Virginia newspaper archives at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.

Other Southern States Newspaper Archives

Another source of millions of pages of newspaper archives from the South can be found at NewspaperArchive.  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
International Historical Newspapers Court Record Searches
Public Records Searches NewspaperArchive 

Other pages at this site:

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The MidWest States Western States Special Collections

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