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Historical Newspapers

Historical Newspapers

  • Accessible Archives

    Accessible Archives provides collections of primary source materials in full text databases. The following collections are available:

    • African American Newspapers (National Era, 1847-1860; Frederick Douglass Papers, 1851-1856; Provincial Freeman, 1854-1857; The Christian Recorder, 1861-1893 (excluding 1892).
    • The Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800, Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalog, Pennsylvania Newspaper Record
    • The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective
    • South Carolina Newspapers, 1732-1780
  • Atlanta Constitution (1868-1945)

    The Atlanta Constitution (1868-1945) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.

  • Chicago Defender (1910-1975)

    The Chicago Defender was the most influential African-American newspaper of the 20th century. With the majority of its readership outside the Chicago region, it served as the de facto national black newspaper in the U.S.

  • Early American Newspapers, Series I 1690-1876

    Offers fully searchable, cover-to-cover reproductions from more than 700 historical American newspapers from 23 states and the District of Columbia printed between 1690 and 1876.

  • Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines

    Full page views. Limit searches to sources sympathetic to Confederacy or Union or to a 1860 or 1864 presidential candidate.

  • Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003

    The full facsimile run of the world’s most iconic illustrated newspaper.  Search or browse by issue or contributor.  This resource was acquired by University Libraries with generous contributions from the Departments of English Language and Literature; History; and Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences, USC-Columbia.

  • New York Amsterdam News, 1922 - 1993

    Digitized version of one of the U.S.'s leading Black newspapers.  Find articles, advertisements, obituaries, cartoons, etc. documenting first hand the major news and cultural topics of the 20th century from the African-American perspective.  This resource was acquired by University Libraries with generous contributions from the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, USC-Columbia

  • New York Times (Historical)

    Complete full text coverage of The New York Times newspaper from 1851 through 3 years ago. Coverage includes advertisements, comics, editorials, graphics, maps and photos. Articles are available for download in pdf format.

  • Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002)

    One of the most widely circulated African American newspapers during the early twentieth century, the Pittsburgh Courier focused on social and cultural issues relating to the African American community.

  • Times Digital Archive [London] , 1785-1985

    Every page (articles, images, obituaries, reviews, etc) of every issue of the world's newspaper of record is full-text searchable. Content also includes:  Times or Daily Universal Register--Jan 1-Mar 17, 1788  and Daily Universal Register--Jan 1, 1785-Dec 31, 1787.

    The Sunday Times (a separate publication) is not a part of the Times Digital Archive. 

  • Washington Post (1877-1996)

    The Washington Post (1877-1996) offers full page and article images with searchable full text.

  • World Newspaper Archive

    Once in the database, click on the "places of publication" tab to select from the current modules covering African, Latin American, and South Asian newspapers.

  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

    Freely search selected American newspapers, including South Carolina papers, from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. newspaper directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690 - present.  Since 2009, the University of South Carolina Libraries have received grants from NEH to make many mid 19th and early 20th century South Carolina newspapers accessible.  Learn more about the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program.