Caribbean Newspapers, Series 1, 1718-1876: From the American Antiquarian Society

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.

Library Acquires Last Extant Copies of 8 Illinois Newspapers

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library has acquired, through a gift from the Swearingen Memorial Library in Saint Joseph, Illinois, the final, extant copies of 8 local newspapers: the St. Joseph Record, the Olive and Gold, the Ogden Courier, Oakwood Township News, the Homer Herald, the Homer Enterprise, the Homer Chamilion, and the Fairmount Star. The Olive and Gold was the student newspaper of Saint Joseph Community High School.

Press Release:

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library at Illinois has recently acquired The St. Joseph Record from the St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library. The print run of this newspaper includes 96 bound volumes from 1894 to 1980.

This fall, Susan McKinney, librarian and director at the St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library, inquired with the University Library about transferring the newspapers to the University to better preserve them and to maximize their availability. Considering its importance for local Illinois history, the University Library responded quickly and proposed to house the collection.

“On behalf of the St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library, I’m excited that the University of Illinois has taken ownership of these important newspapers of historical value and that they will permanently reside in a climate-controlled environment,” said McKinney.

Like almost all newspapers of its era, The St. Joseph Record was printed on inexpensive, mass-produced, wood-pulp paper. Its chemical properties cause it to become increasingly acidic and to deteriorate as it ages, especially under conditions which, because they are most conducive to human comfort, are typically found in libraries.

“Although it is impossible to reverse the deterioration of paper, we can slow that process by controlling the conditions in which the paper is stored,” said Marek Sroka, newspaper librarian at Illinois. “The St. Joseph Record will be housed in a state-of-the-art storage facility specifically designed for the long-term preservation of paper-based documents (minimal exposure to ultraviolet- and infrared-emitting light, a stable temperature of about 50° Fahrenheit, and a stable relative humidity of about 30%).

To access issues of The St. Joseph Record, make arrangements with History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library staff by calling (217) 333-1509 or emailing

New Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library introduces the new Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection, powered by Veridian. The Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection combines 1.2 million pages of digitized newspapers in one freely accessible location. Using Veridian Digital Library software, the IDNP offers a modern and user-friendly way to access unique research tools and engage with the past.

The site includes interactive features allowing users to tag articles, correct OCR text, and share on social media. A text correction contest will be announced next month.

The Illinois Digital Newspaper Project is available online at

Oklahoma Digital Newspaper Collection

Over 60 newspapers that document a key moment in the history of American westward expansion: the forced allotment of Indian tribal lands in Indian Territory, the abolition of tribal governments, the opening of unreserved lands for American settlement, and the transition of Indian Territory to Oklahoma Territory and then statehood. Many of the collection’s newspapers appear here in digitized form for the first time ever.

Two New Digital Collections on American Popular Culture

The Library has two new new digital collections supporting the study of American popular culture. The first, titled The Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive, will, when complete, include complete runs of 26 American and British consumer and trade magazines, from their inception to the year 2000. Influential trade titles include Variety and Billboard. The second collection, titled American Popular Entertainment, is a project of the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library, and will include entertainment industry newspapers and trade journals published between 1853 and 1929. The collection currently contains the Vaudeville News, the Player, and the New York Clipper, with the Dramatic Mirror soon-to-be-added.

25 New Digitized Historical Newspapers

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library has added 16 digitized historical newspapers to our ProQuest Historical Newspapers Collection, and has acquired another 9 through the collection ProQuest Civil War Era. The new titles are the Atlanta Constitution (1868-1945),the Baltimore Sun (1837-1985), the Boston Globe (1872-1979), the Boston Herald (1848-1865), the Boston Jewish Advocate (1905-1990), the Charleston Mercury (1840-1865), the Christian Science Monitor (1908-1995), the Cincinnati Enquirer (1841-1922), the Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991), the Columbus Gazette (1856-1865), the Detroit Free Press (1831-1922), the Indianapolis Star (1903-1922), the Louisville Daily Journal (1840-1865), the Memphis Daily Appeal (1847-1865), the New Orleans Daily Picayune (1840-1865), the New York Herald (1840-1865), the New York Tribune (1841-1922), the Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003), the Ohio State Journal (1840-1853), the Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), the Richmond Daily Dispatch (1852-1865), the San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922), and, from Britain and Ireland, the Manchester Guardian (1821-2003), the London Observer(1791-2003), and the Irish Times (1859-2007). Visit our Historical Newspapers Guide for more information.

New Online Resources for African American Studies

The History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library has acquired 2 major digital collections for African American studies, and has added 3 digitized historical African American newspapers to our collection of ProQuest Historical Black Newspapers. The digital collection History Makers brings together 100 filmed oral histories of contemporary African Americans who have made major contributions to the arts, business and economics, education, health and medicine, journalism, law, literature, politics, popular culture, religion, science, and other fields. Black Abolitionist Papers documents the work of almost 300 black abolitionists active between 1830 and 1865 with both published and unpublished primary source material. The 3 newspapers we have added to ProQuest Historical Black Newspapers are the Cleveland Call and Post (1934-1991), the Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003), and the Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001).

In addition to this major purchase of ProQuest resources, the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library has digitized the Broad Ax, an African American newspaper published in Chicago from 1899 to the early 1930s, described by Juliet Walker as “the most controversial black newspaper published in Chicago in the late nineteenth century.”  For more information about the Broad Ax, or to browse or search the issues, see the Chronicling America.

ProQuest Newsstand Trial

Full text access to recent issues of over 800 newspapers, news magazines, wire services, and news transcripts from around the world. Includes over 80 titles from newspaper publishing giant Gannet, including the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Des Moines Register, the Detroit Free Press, and the Indianapolis Star.

Trial Over.