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Resource Guide:
Newspaper Archives

Multi-Newspaper Databases

GoogleNews Archive Search
“An easy way to search and explore historical archives. Links to both free and subscription-based content.”

Chronicling America: Historic
“Allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.”

Making of America
Includes full-text 19th century newspapers/journals from 1831 to 1901.

LexisNexis Academic (SVU Access)
Full-text newspaper coverage from the 1970s (for some newspapers) to the present.

Factiva (SVU Access)
“Coverage varies by periodical, but can extend as far back as 1979. Includes access to over 1500 newspapers including Barrons, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Le Monde, Les Echos, The Guardian and New York Times. Also includes local newspapers from every corner of the globe.”

The British Library ActivePaper Archive
Digitized copies of four British newspapers (The Daily News, News of the World, The Manchester Guardian, and The Weekly Dispatch) for selected years between 1851 and 1918.

Directory of Historical Newspapers on the Internet
A partial, state-by-state listing of American historical newspaper archives available on the internet.

Valley of the Shadow
Newspapers and other primary source materials that document the lives of people in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the era of the American Civil War (1859-1870).

Utah Digital Newspapers
“Mostly late 1800s to the early 1900s. From the University of Utah’s Marriott Library.”

California Digital Newspaper Collection
“California newspapers from 1849-1911: the Alta California, 1849-1891; the San Francisco Call, 1893-1910; the Amador Ledger, 1900-1911; the Imperial Valley Press, 1901-1911; the Sacramento Record-Union, 1859-1890; and the Los Angeles Herald, 1905-1907.”

Atlanta Historical Newspaper Archive
From 1857-1922. Includes 14 papers. More available from the Digital Library of Georgia

Colorado Historic Newspapers
“More than 500,000 digitized pages, representing 163 individual newspaper titles published in Colorado from1859 to 1923.”

Florida Digital Newspaper Library
“Over 800,000 pages of historic through current Florida newspapers… openly and freely available with zoomable page images and full text.”

Individual Newspaper Archive

The New York Times Archive
“The complete backfile of The New York Times can be searched, over 13 million articles in all. Articles in the Public Domain (1851-1922) and articles published since 1987 are free. Other articles can be purchased.”

HarpWeek (1857-1877) (SVU Access)
“Enables you to directly experience the richness and historical significance of Harper’s Weekly, America’s leading 19th century illustrated newspaper.”

Penny Illustrated Newspaper
Click on Publications List and browse to find Penny Illustrated Newspaper. Provides free full-text access to this London weekly from Oct 12, 1861 – May 24, 1913.

Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg)
Includes full-text from 1736 to 1780.

Richmond Daily Dispatch, 1860-1865
“There are currently 1384 issues of the paper available online, ranging in date from November 1860 through December 1865.”