Free Newspaper Archives in the US

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The West

The Wild, Wild West, in all its glory.

Alaska Newspaper Archives

New  The Tundra Times, 1962-1997 (Fairbanks).  This is an odd collection — a combination of individual clippings and full newspapers.  Nevertheless, it is the only free newspaper archive available from Alaska.  Provided by the Tuzzy Consortium Library.

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

Arizona Newspaper Archives

Casa Grande Newspaper Archives, 1912-2012, courtesy of the Casa Grande Public Library, just outside of Phoenix. Update: This formerly free collection now charges for access.

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


California Newspaper Archives

California Digital Newspaper Collection, approx 1848-2012  A small but growing collection hosted by UC Riverside. Includes select  articles from Alta California, San Francisco Call, Amador Ledger, and the Los Angeles Herald, among others.

The Covina Newspaper Archives (1895-1999)  include the Covina Argus and others, from this city near LA.  Update: This formerly free collection now charges for access.

El Clamor Publico, 1855-1859 (Los Angeles). Probably the earliest Spanish-language newspaper in CA, courtesy of the Huntington Library and USC.

Whittier Historical Newspaper Collection, 1888-1923.  An odd collection that seems to download as entire newspapers, rather than individual pages or articles.  Have patience.  From the Whittier Public Library, near Los Angeles.

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

Colorado Newspaper Archives

Colorado Newspaper Archives from 1859-1923.  Cowboy and mining country, at its peak. Several dozen papers from Denver, Aspen, Leadville, etc.

You can find more Colorado 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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Hawaii Newspaper Archives

Hawaii Newspaper Archives from the mid-1800′s to 1920′s.  It doesn’t get farther west than this.  An assorted collection of Hawaiian language, full image newspapers, browseable, but not searchable.

Hawaiian Language Nupepa Collection, 1834-1948 More Hawaiian language newspapers, mostly in image format, but with some text searching.

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

Nevada Newspaper Archives

Las Vegas Age newspaper archives in Nevada, 1905-1924, with some gaps in coverage.  Searching is on an index of keywords but not (unfortunately) on  full text.

The Henderson Libraries Digital Collection offers up newspapers from the 1940′s and 1950′s. The Henderson Home News (1951-current) and The Big Job, and Basic Bombardier, really interesting newsletters from the BMI magnesium plant in Henderson, NV… the plant manufactured billions of tracer bullets during WWII.

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

New The oddly-named Cooperative Libraries Automated Network Digital Collections has a lot of archived material, including several newspapers from the late 1800s to early 1900s, such as Reese River Reveille, Daily Territorial Enterprise, White Pine News, and the Virginia City Evening Chronicle.

Oregon Newspaper Archives

Historic Oregon Newspapers, 1846-1922. A good collection from across the state with full text search and crisp page views. If only they’d give a more thorough description of the collection…! 

Utah Newspaper Archives

Ancestry.com-archives Utah Digital Newspapers Collection, varied papers, approx 1850s-1980s, several dozen papers included.

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

Washington Newspaper Archives

Washington State Newspaper Archives, approx. 1850-1890′s  Numerous papers from around Washington State.

University of Washington Digital Collections. Full text searching of newspaper clippings, but the content is not well-described.

Walla Wallop, 1944-1946.  From the Army Air Base in Walla Walla, the official World War II base newspaper.

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

Wyoming Newspaper Archives

The Wyoming Newspaper Project, 1849-1970, has archives from more than 300 papers from across the state.  Very nice image quality.

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

Other Newspaper Archives from Western States

The Washington State University Digital Collection includes several newspapers from Washington State and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest, but you have to dig around to find them. Search on ‘newspaper‘ in the main search box.

You can find more newspaper archives from the old West 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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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

Other pages at this site:

National Collections NorthEastern United States The South
The MidWest States Western States Special Collections

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