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Thousands of historical newspapers are now available in digital format. Some are embedded inside larger digital collections, and many are still only available on microfilm. Use this page as a guide to getting started.

Other places to find newspapers:

  1. Browse or Search the UIUC Library Newspaper Database for access to many more newspaper titles on microfilm, print, or embedded within larger digital collections available at UIUC Library. Use drop down boxes to limit by state.
  2. Search the Online Library Catalog or the Online Journals and Databases Catalog (SFX) for newspapers held at UIUC.
  3. Browse a list of international digital newspaper projects maintained by the ICON project at the Center for Research Libraries.
  4. Visit Wikipedia's list of "Online Newspaper Archives"


Major U.S. Titles


ProQuest Historical Newspapers

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ProQuest Historical Black Newspapers

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International Titles



Many more titles are embedded in the collections listed below.



Illinois Titles

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Click here to view a list of our Illinois newspapers on microfilm.

Click here to view an inventory of our print collection of Illinois newspapers.




Major Digital Newspaper Collections

These themed digital collections offer full-text keyword searching and broad geographical coverage.


Title Description Online Access
19th Century U.S. Newspapers

    
A full-text searchable, facsimile-image database providing access to approximately 1.7 million pages of primary source U.S. newspaper content from the 19th century UIUC Only
African American Newspapers: The 19th Century

    
A collection of African-American newspapers contains a wealth of information about the cultural life and history during the 1800s UIUC Only
America's Historical Newspapers

    
Includes Early American Newspapers, Series I through VII (1690-1922); 20th Century American Newspapers (1923-1993); Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980); and Caribbean Newspapers (1718-1876). UIUC Only
British Newspapers 1600-1950

    
Newspapers from the collections of the British Library's 17th-18th Century Burney Collection and its collection of 19th Century Newspapers. UIUC Only
Chronicling America (Library of Congress)

    
Newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 from the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. (More states will be added.) Freely Available
ProQuest Historical Newspapers

    
33 major metropolitan newspapers, like the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, major African American newspapers like the Chicago Defender, and more. Especially strong coverage of the 20th century. UIUC Only
World Newspaper Archive

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The World Newspaper Archive is a collaborative effort of CRL member institutions and Readex to preserve and provide persistent access to historical newspapers from around the globe. Modules currently available include Latin American Newspapers, African Newspapers, and South Asian Newspapers. UIUC Only


More U.S. Digital Newspaper Collections

Major collections of digitized U.S. newspapers are listed here. Browse/Search the UIUC Library Newspaper Database for access to hundreds of newspaper titles. Use drop down boxes to limit by state.


Title State Description Online Access
California Digital Newspaper Collection California An ongoing project of the University of California-Riverside, this collection contains article-level digital facsimiles of California newspapers published before 1923. Freely Available
Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection Colorado Includes newspapers published in Colorado before 1923. Freely Available
Newspapers of Connecticut Connecticut Freely Available
Florida Digital Military Newspaper Library Florida Freely Available
Florida Digital Newspaper Library Florida The Florida Digital Newspaper Library includes historic Florida newspapers and current papers digitized instead of being microfilmed. Freely Available
Georgia Historic Newspapers (GALILEO) Georgia A collection of digitized historical newspapers published in Georgia. Currently contains the Atlantic Historical Newspaper Archive, including fourteen Atlantic papers published between 1847 and 1922; Columbus Enquirer (1828-1890); Georgia Historical Newspapers, including Cherokee Phoenix (1828-1833), the Colored Tribune (1876), and the Dublin Post (1878-1887); Southern Israelite (1929-1958 and 1984-1986); IAMAW publications; Macon Telegraph (1826-1908); Milledgeville newspapers (1808-1920); the Red and Black (1893-1979); and the University Bumble Bee. More papers are forthcoming. Freely Available
Hawaiian Language Newspapers Hawaii University of Hawaii's online archive of several Hawaiian language newspapers. Freely Available
Geneseo Public Library District Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Galva Public Library Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Harvard Diggins Library Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection Illinois Historically significant, Illinois newspapers. Project of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library at the University of Illinois. Freely Available
Henry Publlic Library Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Forest Park Public Library Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Marshall Public Library Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey Illinois Published in 1942 by the Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project of the Work Projects Administration of Illinois, this collection's purpose was to translate into English and classify selected news articles appearing in the Chicago area foreign language press from 1861 to 1938. The project consists of a file of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities in Chicago. UIUC Library has digitized this collection. Microfilm is also available in HPNL (FILM 070.484 C43CH). Freely Available
Digital Archives of the Midlothian Public Library Illinois Freely Available
Earlville Library District Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Freeburg Area Library District Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Beardstown Houston Memorial Library Digital Archive Illinois Freely Available
Brimfield Public Library Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Bellwood Public Library Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Peoria Heights Public Library Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Quincy Historical Newspaper Archive Illinois 8 Quincy, Illinois newspapers. Freely Available
Talcott Free Library District Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Toulon Public Library Digital Archives Illinois Freely Available
Kentuckiana Digital Library Kentucky Digital collection of historic Kentucky newspapers. Freely Available
Louisiana Digital Library: Louisiana Newspaper Access Program Louisiana Ongoing project currently contains over 70 newspaper titles from Louisiana. Freely Available
Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Archive Massachusetts From Barnstable County, on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This archive covers issues from the paper's first century, 1830-1930. Freely Available
Winona Newspaper Project Minnesota Three newspapers from Winona County, Minnesota: the Argus, the Daily Republican, and the Republican Herald. Coverage: late 19th and early 20th centuries. Freely Available
Missouri Digital Heritage--Newspapers Missouri Formerly: Historical Missouri Newspapers Project. Online archive of historic newspapers from St. Louis and other locations throughout the state of Missouri. Some issues go back to the late 1800s...."Through the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative, the Missouri State Archives and the Missouri State Library, in partnership with the State Historical Society of Missouri, are assisting institutions across the state in digitizing their records and placing them online for easy access.." Freely Available
Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 (America's Historical Newspapers) 361 newspapers from across the United States. Part of America's Historical Newspapers. UIUC Only
Collegiate Chronicle A prototype student newspaper repository aggregating newspapers from colleges and universities across the USA Freely Available
American Indian Histories and Cultures Digitized from the Newberry Library's Edward E. Ayer Collection, American Indian Histories and Cultures contains both published and unpublished primary sources that document the American Indian experience from first contact with Europeans through the mid-20th century UIUC Only
American Popular Entertainment Currently comprises 3 newspapers covering 1853-1929. Project of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library at the University of Illinois. Freely Available
American Periodicals APS Online spans over 1,500 titles and 7 million pages of content, from the first American magazines published in 1741, to the World War II period UIUC Only
Farm, Field, and Fireside Currently comprises 22 Midwestern farm newspapers, including major titles like the Prairie Farmer, Wallace's Farmer, and the Farmer's Wife. Project of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library at the University of Illinois. Freely Available
ProQuest Civil War Era 9 major newspapers (Richmond Daily Dispatch, Charleston Mercury, New Orleans Picayune, Boston Herald, New York Herald, Louisville Daily Journal, Memphis Daily Appeal, Columbus Gazette, and Ohio State Journal) published between 1840 and 1865 UIUC Only
Las Vegas Age Digital Collection Nevada Read about early Las Vegas history straight from the source! Full complete digital images of the Las Vegas Age digitized from the print copies from the Special Collections of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. From April 7, 1905 to December 27, 1924. Freely Available
Friend of Man New York A near-comprehensive collection of The Friend of Man, an early reform era and abolitionist paper published in Central New York State. The archive includes 281 issues, from 1836-1842. Freely Available
Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online New York Digitized pages of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York. Freely Available
Suffolk Historic Newspapers New York Suffolk Historic Newspapers is a centralized, searchable collection of historic newspapers published in Suffolk County, New York. Freely Available
Northern New York Historical Newspapers New York Northern New York Historical Newspapers provides indexed access to selected historical newspapers from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties in New York state. Freely Available
Oklahoma Digital Newspaper Collection Oklahoma Over 60 newspapers documenting the state's colonization and transition from territorial status to statehood. Freely Available
Oregon Historical Newspapers Oregon Digitized newspapers from University of Oregon Library. Freely Available
Pennsylvania Civil War Newspapers Pennsylvania Online archive of select PA newspapers published during or around the time of the American Civil War. Freely Available
Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project Pennsylvania The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project is composed of The Jewish Criterion (1895-1962), The American Jewish Outlook (1934-1947), and The Jewish Chronicle (1962-2010). Freely Available
Pennsylvania Historical Newspapers Pennsylvania Features digitized collections created by libraries and other entities located throughout Pennsylvania. Primary focus is on collections of interest to the citizens of Pennsylvania. Several newspaper collections are included. Freely Available
Franklin and Marshall Student Newspaper Collection Pennsylvania Freely Available
Utah Digital Newspapers Utah Digitized historic newspapers published in Utah during the late 1800's into the 1900's. Freely Available
Wyoming Newspaper Project Wyoming Discover the stories that formed Wyoming, through the Wyoming Newspaper Project. Currently provides access to newspapers printed in Wyoming between 1849 and 1922, in an easily searchable format. Freely Available


More International Digital Newspaper Collections

Major collections of digitized newspapers from around the world are listed here. Browse/Search the UIUC Library Newspaper Database for access to hundreds of titles. Use drop down boxes to limit by country. Also browse a list of international digital newspaper projects (Maintained by the Center for Research Libraries).


Title Country Description Online Access
Afghanistan Digital Library Afghanistan Contains select issues of periodicals and newspapers, including Shams al-nahar, the first newspaper published in Afghanistan, Anis (Apr. 27, 1931-Apr. 25 1932), and Mu'arrif-i ma'arif. Page images only. Freely Available
Australian Periodical Publications 1840-1845 Australia The Australian Periodical Publications 1840-1845 component of the Australian Cooperative Digitisation Project (ACDP) provides web access to digital copies of Australian serials first published between 1840 and 1845. The digitised copies were produced from microfilm. In most cases, new microfilm was produced so that a suitable digital image could be produced. Freely Available
Australian Newspapers (National Library of Australia) Australia Historic Australian Newspapers from 1803 to 1954. Ongoing project of the National Library of Australia. Freely Available
ANNO: Austrian Newspaper Online Austria Includes archives of historical Austrian Newspapers, in German Freely Available
Belgian Press Collection Belgium A small digital collection of Belgian Newspapers dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century. Freely Available
ProQuest Historical Chinese Newspapers Collections China 12 English language, Chinese newspapers and periodicals: Canton Times (1919-1920); China Critic (1939-1940, 1946); China Press (1925-1938); Chinese Repository (1832-1851); Millard's Review of the Far East (1917-1953); Missionary Recorder (1868-1940); North-China Herald (1850-1941); Peking Daily News (1914-1917); Peking Gazette (1915-1917); Peking Leader (1918-1919); Shanghai Gazette (1919-1920); and Shanghai Times (1914-1921). UIUC Only
La Presse Quotidien France Online archive of historic French newspapers from the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century, reflecting political, economic, literary, artistic and scientific thought of the times. Freely Available
National Library of Greece: e-fimeris Greece Online archive of several Greek historical newspapers. Links to English site. Freely Available
Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online Germany Pre-1933 issues freely available online. Freely Available
German-Language Exile Journals 1933-1945 Germany In this project, the Deutsches Exilarchiv 1933 - 1945 of Die Deutsche Bibliothek digitalised select exile newspapers and journals held by it, and supplemented by the Sammlung Exil-Literatur 1933 - 1945 of the Deutsche Bücherei Leipzig and other libraries. Freely Available
Sächsische Landesbibliothek Germany Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden - Historische Zeitungen und Zeitschriften contains digitized images of newspapers from the region of Saxony. Contains Leipziger Zeitungen (1740), Sachsenzeitung (1830-1834), and others. Freely Available
Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg - Zeitschriften und Zeitungen Germany A small collection of German language 19th and early-to-mid 20th century newspapers from the University of Heidelberg. Freely Available
Irish Newspaper Archive Ireland Currently comprises 33 newspapers covering 1763-present UIUC Only
eluxemburgensia Luxembourg Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg: eluxemburgensia. National Library of Luxembourg, in French and German Freely Available
National Library of Latvia Latvia Online archive of several Latvian titles. Links to English site. Freely Available
Papers Past (New Zealand) New Zealand Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1932 and includes 52 publications from all regions of New Zealand. Freely Available
Biblioteca Nacional de Espana Spain A large digital collection of Spanish newspapers from the National Library of Spain. Freely Available
Temps Archives Historiques Switzerland Includes the complete holdings of The Journal de Geneve, Gazette de Lausanne, and the Nouveau Quotidien, three daily newspapers that were the forerunners of Le Temps (Switzerland). Freely Available
Thai Newspaper Collection (World War II) Thailand Digital Collection of three Newspapers published in Thailand during the World War II. This collection includes some issues which are hard to find in Thailand. All three agencies are not in existence at present. Freely Available
South Asian Newspapers (World Newspaper Archive) Unknown/Multiple "... features titles published in India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Languages include English, Bengali, Gujarati, and others. Titles include such key publications as: Amrita Bazar Patrika (Calcutta), Bankura Darpana (Bankura, India), Madras Mail (Madras), Tribune (Lahore, Pakistan) and the Ceylon Observer (Sri Lanka) ... The collection will provide more than 400,000 fully searchable pages of newspapers published in South Asia between 1864 and 1922."--CRL UIUC Only
Latin American Newspapers (World Newspaper Archive) Unknown/Multiple Latin American Newspapers, a sub-collection of the World Newspaper Archive, will include approximately 35 fully searchable newspapers printed throughout this region in the 19th and 20th centuries. UIUC Only
Caribbean Newspapers (America's Historical Newspapers) Unknown/Multiple Series 1, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society comprises scattered issues of 81 newspapers from 22 countries: Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Nevis, Puerto Rico, St. Bartholomew, St. Christopher, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Tobago, Trinidad, the Virgin Islands, and also Bermuda. All newspapers are in Western European languages: English, Spanish, French, and Danish. UIUC Only
Compact Memory Unknown/Multiple Compact Memory: Internetarchiv Jüdischer Periodika. Archive of Jewish periodicals from 1806 to 1938, in German Freely Available
18th Century Journals Unknown/Multiple Over 270 newspapers and periodicals from across the British Empire, but mostly from Britain. UIUC Only
JPRESS (Historical Jewish Press) project Unknown/Multiple The project currently includes almost 900,000 pages of digitized with OCR Jewish newspapers from all over the world. The site currently has 35 titles in 5 languages, including Hebrew, English, Yiddish, Hungarian, and French. New titles are constantly being added to the site. The site currently contains material that ranges from the early-1840's until 1987. Freely Available
Gallica – National Library of France (BNF) Unknown/Multiple Gallica, the digital library of the Bibliothéque nationale de France, hosts numerous newspaper titles from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Notable titles currently include Le Figaro (1826-1942), Le Temps (1861-1937), La Croix (1880-1944), L'Humanité (1904-1944), La Presse (1836-1922), and Le Journal des débats (1814-1944), among others. More titles forthcoming. Freely Available
African Newspapers (World Newspaper Archive) Unknown/Multiple Includes African newspapers such as East African Standard, a prominent English-language newspaper in East Africa in the early 20th century; Imvo Zabantsundu, the first newspaper in South Africa owned and controlled by Africans; and Buluwayo Chronicle, one of the earliest press publications in what is now known as Zimbabwe. More titles forthcoming. UIUC Only
Early Alberta Newspaper Collection Canada The Alberta Newspaper Collection contains Alberta, Canada newspaperss from 1880 to 1950. Freely Available
Special Editions of Canadian Newspapers Canada From the National Library of Canada, this collection consists of special color supplements to historical newspapers published in Canada. Freely Available
Prince George Newspapers Project Canada Daily newspaper covering Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Includes every edition from their first year, 1916, through 1961. Freely Available
Multicultural Canada Canada A collection of audio files, published text such as books and newspapers, and unpublished text which document the multicultural influences that have contributed to Canada’s history. Freely Available
Manitobia: Life and Time Canada A rich archive of newspapers, images, and other primary source material chronicling the history of Manitobia Canada. Freely Available
Nova Scotia Historical Newspapers Canada Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management present page image-access to seven different newspapers published in four very different Nova Scotia communities over a span of 210 years-from The Nova Scotia Chronicle and Weekly Advertiser in 1769, to The 4th Estate in 1977. Freely Available
British Library Online Newspaper Archive United Kingdom Access to selected, searchable facsimile issues of London's Daily News, The News of the World and The Weekly Dispatch, and The Manchester Guardian Freely Available
British Periodicals I & II United Kingdom British Periodicals traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian 'age of periodicals' and beyond. UIUC Only
19th Century UK Periodicals (Gale) United Kingdom This database contains 1.2 million pages of periodicals published in Great Britain from 1800-1900. It includes publications on women, children, leisure and sport, and humor. Series 1. New readerships -- Series 2. Empire. UIUC Only