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Cross-search US ProQuest Historical Newspapers from the main link above or search one at a time. Each paper is available cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF format. You can focus searches on portions of the paper, such as front pages, articles, editorials, photos, advertisements, wedding and engagement announcements, cartoons, birth and death announcements, reviews, and more. See the library's journal title finder for later content -- typically without illustrations or ads -- and remember that newspapers merge and/or change names.
Atlanta Daily World
Christian Science Monitor
Cleveland Call and Post
Guardian and The Observer
Los Angeles Sentinel
Los Angeles Times
New York Amsterdam News
New York Times
Norfolk Journal & Guide
Wall Street Journal
Cover-to-cover reproductions of 1,000+ US newspapers in PDF, including over 350 African-American newspapers, 1827-1999. You can restrict searches to article types (news & opinion, election returns, letters, poetry/songs, legislative activities, prices, advertisements, matrimony & death notices), and also by dates/eras, region/state, and newspaper name. Some Readex papers include content later than 1922, notably:
Full page images from 270 newspapers published in 36 states, including rare and historically significant 19th-century titles that are full-text searchable. Individual pages or entire issues can be downloaded as PDFs. This archival collection offers insights into African-American history, culture, daily life, and attitudes and like many newspapers, provides articles on all subject areas
Page-image archives of newspapers from the US and other countries, including much 20th-century coverage that is still in copyright. NewspaperARCHIVE is especially strong in coverage of small-city and rural newspapers, with coverage extending from the colonial era to the present.
Beware: intensively clicking on search results can trigger security alarms about excessive use -- and block all your access to library online resources for one hour. We have complained to the vendor about this design flaw.
Free, searchable facsimiles of US newspapers published 1836-1922 and scanned from historic newspaper collections in each state. Search options are not as refined as commercial newspaper archives from Readex, ProQuest, or Gale.
Some searchable collections of state newspapers (including Virginia, Pennsylvania, and California) include publications not included in the main Chronicling America.
Associated Press Collections provide primary sources in journalism. The U.S. City Bureau collection has wire copy, correspondence, and newsletters from the post-WW2 period. The Washington, DC Bureau Collection has records covering presidents, elections, political events, and biographies for 1938-2009. You can visualize term frequencies.
Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers provides full-text primary source newspapers as page images with individual articles as PDF. It encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration, and Antebellum-era life. 1800-1899.
Service Newspapers of World War Two contains an extensive range of both rare and well-known wartime publications for soldiers serving in major theatres around the world. Publications are included from many key nations involved in the conflict, such as the US, Canada, New Zealand, India, and the countries of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Both Allied and Axis publications are presented, offering a broad view of the war and the experiences of those on its front lines. 1939-1948.
Independent Voices provides alternative press newspapers and magazines, in image and PDF formats, from the last half of the 20th century.
Independent Voices is composed of seven series that align with the major social movements of the time.
The GI Underground Press Series was developed in collaboration with the GI Press Project. It is the most comprehensive collection of digitized GI underground newspapers and newsletters ever compiled. Adding to the value of the series is its placement in the context of the hundreds of other underground press publications published during the same period. GI underground publications could be found on military bases, in coffeehouses, and in other places where GI’s gathered in the U.S. and around the world in every branch of the military. The GI underground press covered many topics, including military indoctrination, seemingly arbitrary rules and regulations, racism, sexism, the bounds of power and authority, legitimacy of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, the military as an institution, and the definition of “enemy.” The content was creative and diverse. In addition to news articles and editorials, publications included fiction, poetry, cartoons, letters to the editor, and more.
Throughout the twentieth century, literary magazines were a primary means for sharing new writing and forming literary communities. “Little magazines,” as they are often called, were usually noncommercial in nature and often committed to certain literary ideals. Nearly every literary movement of the 1950s to 1980s began or evolved in the pages of these magazines. Focusing primarily on poetry but also including fiction and criticism, this collection reflects many often-overlapping groups and communities, including writers and editors affiliated with the Beat Generation, the Black Arts Movement, Black Mountain, the Deep Image movement, the New York School, San Francisco Renaissance, Surrealism, visual and concrete poetries, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, and the Kootenay School of Writing.
Underground, alternative, and literary newspapers and magazines from the fifties through the eighties were everywhere. They were in urban, suburban, rural, ghetto, barrio, tribal, and other communities in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices is the most extensive digital collection of these historic publications that has ever been conceptualized and created. The Campus Underground series includes publications that originated from college and university campuses and surrounding communities. Whether laid out in traditional black and white straight columns or full-color psychedelic, the publications in this collection provide a vivid mosaic of the times.
Two of Independent Voices most important series are the Feminist Periodicals and LGBT Periodicals. Sourced largely from Duke University’s Sallie Bingham Center and Northwestern University’s Deering Library, these closely related series include cover-to-cover complete runs of over 120 women’s papers. These publications sparked the women’s movement in the fifties and early sixties and propelled the second wave of feminism in the late sixties and early seventies. Groups represented by these publications include the Redstockings, New York Radical Women, Daughters of Bilitis, Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, The Furies, Third World Women’s Alliance and many others.
The C-SPAN Video Library records, indexes, and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational, research, and archival uses. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text. 1987-present.
The Archives records all three C-SPAN networks seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. Programs are extensively indexed making the database of C-SPAN programming an unparalleled chronological resource. Programs are indexed by subject, speaker names, titles, affiliations, sponsors, committees, categories, formats, policy groups, keywords, and location. The congressional sessions and committee hearings are indexed by person with full-text. The video collection can be searched through the online Video Library.
All C-SPAN programs since 1987 are digital and can be viewed online for free. Duplicate copies of programs that have aired since 1987 can be obtained and used for education, research, review or home viewing purposes. Proceeds from the sale of these programs help support the operation of the Archives. Some programs are not copyright cleared for sale.
The Archives began within the Purdue University School of Liberal Arts in 1987. In July 1998, C-SPAN assumed responsibility for the archival operations and the facilities were moved from the Purdue University campus to the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana. The indexing, abstracting, and cataloging of C-SPAN programs is the responsibility of the C-SPAN Archives staff.
Newscasts and news-related programs from local network-affiliated TV stations in the US, with some international sources. See also Internet Archive's TV News content arranged under various categories and its audio archive of recent and historical News & Public Affairs radio broadcasts.
With some content dating to the late 1948s, the NBC News Archives is the oldest television news collection in the United States, featuring programs from NBC's news division and MSNBC. Segments can be viewed in the platform, but special licenses are usually required to download or reuse files. Browse within broad subjects or use the search box within the NBC banner image. (The top-of-page search box covers the whole Getty platform -- which is set up to market images and footage, with various kinds of licenses.)
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British newspapers offer the most comprehensive (though hardly unbiased) coverage available in English to world events from the 18th-20th centuries -- including many events in the US. You can cross-search Gale's British papers among themselves or with Gale's selected 19th century US papers (but not with any newspapers housed on the ProQuest, Readex, or other news platforms).
You can focus your searches to news; editorial (called "leaders" in the UK) and commentary; people; advertisements; arts, sports and leisure; and business. Some publications still in business add content annually behind a "rolling wall" that limits availability to a fixed number of years before present.
ProQuest Historical Newspapers editions of sister British newspapers on one platform: The Guardian (formerly Manchester Guardian) and the world's first Sunday newspaper, The Observer. Both papers are associated with the UK mainstream political left (social liberal and social democratic).
Contrast the Guardian and the Observer with more conservative political and economic orientations of such well-known British publications as the [London] Times, Financial Times, and The Economist, which are available on the Gale Primary Sources: Newspapers platform.
RetroNews, the Press Archive of Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF), provides free, page-image access to more than 400 newspapers, journals, magazines, and reviews published between 1631 and 1950. Platform, including "tutoriels" as well as content, is French-only.
HNDM has almost 8 million digitized pages from 941 newspaper titles between 1722 and 2006. Out of these, 516 titles (1722-1889) are open access. More recently published content 1890-2006) can only be accessed from inside the Newspaper Library’s facilities.
The Global Press Archive Alliance between the Center for Research Libraries and East View Information Services provides several open-access archives to newspapers along with some papers that are restricted to affiliates of CRL member institutions like Virginia Tech. Reproduced in their local languages, these historical newspapers come from parts of the world that are not well covered by commercial vendors.
Papers Past contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1948 and includes 119 publications from all regions of New Zealand. Project of the National Library of New Zealand.
"GDELT Project is an open platform for research and analysis of global society" through mining news media from around the world, in 100 languages, since 1979. The "big data" project offers a free cloud-based analysis service, Google BigQuery, and -- for advanced users -- dataset downloads.
The availability of news content for text-mining and other computation analysis is extremely complicated.
The library's vendors of historical archives generally permit text mining of those collections we have purchased. Talk to us before you contact the vendor, and allow time for negotiation before your research clock starts. Costs and contractual obligations vary. Assume that brute-force extraction from our vendors violates university policy, our contracts, and assorted laws.
Open-access collections of publications that are out of copyright may be amenable to text mining -- Virginia Tech researchers have a long track record with Chronicling America, for example -- though they may not offer you much technical support.
Providers of current news (eg, Factiva) usually do not permit text-mining and the like. They rarely own the copyrights of the news they aggregate.
News publishers set their own policy about computational access to their content. Look on each paper's website about API access. The New York Times is very generous. On the other hand, the Washington Post is very restrictive.
Directories of online news archives, mostly free, from around the world
Lengthy list of online newspaper archive portals in the US (including many -- but not all -- state-level projects) and abroad. Indexes online may help you locate materials in microfilm. "Morgues" are the clipping (or "vertical") files maintained in particular newspapers. From the Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room at the Library of Congress.
ICON directory "highlights and links to past, present, and prospective digitization projects of historic newspapers" from around the world, both free and proprietary, in various languages. Arranged by country, then state/province. Links to fee-based resources will not work: use the VT journal-title finder to connect to that Tech subscribes to. From the Center for Research Libraries.
Recent news sources with some historical coverage
Most recent news collections start coverage in the late 1980s or later. Typically, they do not include the photos, graphics, other illustrations, nor advertising that appeared in original print, on microfilm, or in archival digital facsimiles.
Articles selected from American and international newspapers, magazines, and transcripts (even video clips) of news broadcasts, sometimes as far back as 1978. Complete "image editions" are available of more than 100 newspapers, generally beginning in 2018 or later. These are same-day, color facsimiles of the print editions, including ads, legal notices, letters, comics, and crossword puzzles. The library has purchased additional archival image editions of
Factiva provides full-text news articles and business/industry information from newswires, newspapers, business and industry magazines, television and radio transcripts, financial reports, and photos from news services. News source coverage can extend as far back as 1979-present; financial data 1979-present; financial data 1960s-present. Most content is plain HTML, without illustrations, though other formats are available for export.
Factiva is our best source for news coverage from sources outside the US, and/or in languages other than English or presented in non-Latin alphabets.
Factiva provides full-text news articles and business information. From the Search tab, use the Free Text search box to explore an archive of over 50 years of news and other sources.
From the News Pages tab, you can browse current issues of major newspapers and business magazines from around the world.
From the Companies/Markets tab, you can research competitors, suppliers, customers, and partners through market data, interactive charts, financial statements, and more for individual companies or industries. Data includes current and historical pricing on a variety of financial instruments like stocks, funds, currencies, and market indexes.
Newspaper Source Plus indexes citations, abstracts, and full text from more than 860 major newspapers from the US and abroad plus television and radio news transcripts. Like other historical materials on the EbscoHost platform, newspapers are hard to browse. Full-text articles are available in PDF format. 1985-present.
Ethnic NewsWatch indexes English- and Spanish-language, full-text articles from newspapers, magazine, and journals from around the U.S. and the world. News coverage is from Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, Appalachian, and multi-ethnic communities. Articles are available in HTML and PDF. 1990-present.
Ethnic NewsWatch delivers hundreds of important ethnic press publications. The voices of the Asian-American, Jewish, African-American, Native-American, Arab-American, Eastern-European, and multi-ethnic communities can be heard. Titles include Kurdish Life, Asian Week, Jewish Exponent, Seminole Tribune, Appalachian Heritage, The Boston Irish Reporter, Chinese America, The Filipino Express, Hmong Times, and many more. A majority of this content is exclusive to ENW and not available in any other database.
Contains general news sites (June 2014 onward) with a focus on stories of national interest for all audience levels. The collection contains born-digital publications and publications that were once only available in print and are now only available online. The General News on the Internet Web Archive is an ongoing collecting effort of the US Library of Congress. "Many, if not all, of the Web sites in the collection and elements incorporated into the Web sites (e.g., photographs, articles, graphical representations) are protected by copyright. The materials may also be subject to publicity rights, privacy rights, or other legal interests."
"Given the dynamic nature of the 24-hour news cycle of today, these archives are meant to capture as much of the news distribution as possible given current limitations in technology and resources. For most news-based sites, we use a hybrid approach of weekly captures of the websites, augmented with twice-daily capture of known RSS feeds (Real Simple Syndication). "
Begun in 1923 as a service providing background information and pro/con arguments for American editorial writers, CQ Researcher Plus Archive is a window on hot topics in public life across the 20th century as well as a tool to make sense of today's controversies. It can function as starting point for background information, search terms, and topics to use in searching archived journalistic sources. Language and viewpoints in archived reports are products of their time and culture; a browseable "issue tracker" allow you to connect historical and recent discussions without needing to know or use obscure and possibly offensive search terms.
Part of CQ Press Library collection of political, news, and reference works.