Free Newspaper Archives in the US
Some newspaper archives focus on particular themes more than geography. There are some very intriguing slices of history here.
Slavery and Abolition Newspaper Archives
Freedom’s Journal, 1827-1829, the nation’s first African-American newspaper, published out of New York City. Courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society, the archives can be viewed as well as searched issue by issue, but there is no overall search function.
The Friend of Man, 1836-1842, Central New York. An anti-slavery newspaper, housed at Cornell University.
You can find more newspaper archives on slavery and black history at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.
The Civil War Newspaper Archives
Philadelphia Inquirer Civil War Archive, 1860-1865 The Civil War, from a Northern point of view.
Pennsylvania Civil War Newspaper Archives, 1831-1877. More primary materials from Civil War history. Archive includes eight papers from Gettysburgh. Full page images and full text search.
The New South newspaper archives, 1862-1866, published in Port Royal and Beaufort, SC. The War Between the States, as seen from the Confederate point of view in south Carolina. Archive is full-text searchable.
You can find more newspaper archives on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.
World War I Newspaper Archives
The Stars and Stripes from WWI, 1918-1919. Here’s a front row seat at at one of the major events of the 20th century. The American Soldier’s newspaper for World War I.
You can find more World War I newspaper archives at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.
World War II Newspaper Archives
New Walla Wallop, 1944-1946. From the Army Air Base in Walla Walla, the official World War II base newspaper.
You can find more World War II newspaper archives at NewspaperArchive, a subscription service.
Miscellaneous Newspaper Archives
Early America, 1750-1790. Only three pages on view here, one of the from Ben Franklin’s Gazette.
Chronicling America, 1900-1910, from the Library of Congress. A very scant collection of various papers…come on, LoC…you can do better than this!
The Labor Press Project. Numerous examples of socialist and labor newspapers and journals, with titles like The Agitator. Not searchable, and not a deep resource, but there are many items here not available elsewhere. Site has a Pacific NW focus, and mostly early 20th century.
Dziennik Zwiazkowy, a Polish language newspaper from Chicago, 1908-1917.
Pittsburgh, PA Jewish Newspaper Project, 1895-Present. Includes The Jewish Criterion (1895-1962), The American Jewish Outlook (1934-1962), and The Jewish Chronicle (1962-Present).
Diario de Noticias/Alvaro Diaria, 1919-1973 (in Portugese). From the Claire T. Carney Library at University of Massachusetts. For the Portugese-American community in New Bedford, this is an important archive, with a complex search interface.
New The Farm, Field and Fireside Collection at the University of Illinois, 1841-1939. What a terrific collection. A century of rural newspapers, mostly weeklies, geared towards farmers. Newspapers include Better Farming, Farmers Voice, Illinois Farmer, Prarie Farmer, and even the Farmer’s Wife.
New The Southern Israelite, 1929-1958 and 1984-1986. Printed in Georgia (Atlanta and Augusta), this newspaper is a reflection of the Jewish community in the South, during a time when Hitler was coming to power, European Jewery was disintegrating, the Holocaust took place, and the state of Israel came into being. What a time of history! This newspaper is a fascinating historical resource.
Other Special Collections
Another source of millions of pages of newspaper archives can be found at NewspaperArchive. This is not a free service, but it’s a great resource, just the same.
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