Old News: A Guide to Finding News from the Past


        The past is never dead. It's not even past.
                        -- William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun, Act I (1951)

Looking to find news from previous years as it was originally reported? This guide will help you research news on events dating as far back as the 17th century.

The selected list of online news sources to help you keep up with the past does not include references to IUB's holdings in print or microform.



17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
A full-text, fully searchable digital archive of nearly 1,270 newspapers and news pamphlets from the United Kingdom. Coverage: 1600-1799

19th Century British Library Newspapers
Searchable full text of full runs of newspapers specially selected by the British Library to best represent nineteenth-century Britain.

19th Century Historical United States Newspapers
A digital archive of American historical newspapers from the 19th century

Access World News
Full-text access to local and regional newspapers. Includes access to the Chicago Tribune, as well as America's Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922

Accessible Archives
A collection of newspapers and magazines, including among other titles: African American Newspapers, selected items about The Civil War, Frederick Douglass Paper, Freedom's Journal, Godey's Lady's Book, The Lily, The National Era, Old Post Union, The New York Herald, The North Starand Old Post Union

African American Newspapers (1827-1998)
Full text of African American newspapers

African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century
Database contains the complete text of articles from some of the major African- American newspapers published in the United States during the 19th century. Coverage: selected 19th century

African American Periodicals, 1825-1995
Searchable, full text articles from more than 170 African American periodicals

African Newspapers
40 fully searchable African newspapers published in the 19th and 20th centuries

American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series I, 1760-1900
Full-color digital facsimiles of 18th- and 19th-century American ephemeral publications (broadsides, ballads, programs, sermons, libretti, etc) Coverage: 1760-1900

American History in Video
Collection of documentaries, newsreels and archival and public affairs footage; Videos covering all eras of American history; newreels and some other items date as early as 1898

American Periodicals Series Online
Digital archive of 1000 American magazine and journal titles, from 1740 to 1900.

America's Historical Newspapers
(Also known as Early American Newspapers)   More than 1,000 U.S. historical newspapers published during the past four centuries, including titles from all 50 present states, 1690-1922.

AP Images
AP Photo Archive: An electronic library containing the AP's current photos and a selection of pictures from their 50 million image print and negative library. International in scope with images dating back as early as 1826.

Archive of Americana
Historic American publications, books, broadsides, ephemera, newspapers, dating from as early as 1758 through the 20th Century.

Associated Press Collections Online
The Associated Press Collections Online makes content of the Associated Press Corporate Archives, AP Images, and AP Archive available to libraries worldwide.

Atlanta Daily World(ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Full-page digital archive of the Atlanta Daily World, 1931-2003

Baltimore Sun (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Full page and article images with searchable full text from the Baltimore Sun. 1837-1988

Boston Globe (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Full page and article images with searchable full text from the Boston Globe, 1872-1982.

British Newspapers 1600-1900
Comprehensive digital access to historic newspapers, newsbooks, ephemera and national & regional papers from British Isles

British Periodicals
Searchable full-text of British periodicals from the late-seventeenth to the early-twentieth centuries

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index
Includes the Wellesley Index and the 19th Century Short Title Catalog

Caribbean Newspapers 1718-1876
Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876 is a primary resource for studying the development of Western society and international relations within this important group of islands. This resource is useful for researching colonial history, the Atlantic slave trade, international commerce, New World slavery and U.S. relations with the region as far back as the early 18th century.

Chicago Defender (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Full page and article images with searchable full text from the Chicago daily defender, 1905-1975

Chicago Tribune (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The full text of the Chicago Tribune with images of pages and articles; users can search and limit by date and article type. Coverage: 1849-1985

Chinese Periodical Full-Text Database (1911-1949)
Chinese Periodical Full-Text Database, created by Shanghai Library, contains around 10 million pieces of writing in over 20,000 different kinds of periodicals published from 1911 to 1949. It includes journals of all disciplines and subjects

Civil War
Various perspectives on the Civil War from mostly primary sources Coverage: Civil War era

Compact Memory: Internetarchiv juedischer Periodika
German-Jewish periodicals published between 1806 and 1938.

Daily Mail Historical Archive
Searchable, full-text content of Britain's influential Daily Mail, including all of the major news stories, features, advertisements and images

Detroit Free Press (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Full page and article images with searchable full text from the Detroit Free Press, 1831-1922

Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003
The digital version of the weekly magazine, covering international news and events. A leader in global market and geo-political analysis.

Eighteenth Century Journals
Portal to British newspapers and periodicals of the 18th century

Eighteenth Century Journals I
Newspapers and Periodicals 1693-1793 from the Bodleian Library, Oxford

Eighteenth Century Journals II
Newspapers and Periodicals 1699-1812, from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin

Eighteenth Century Journals III
Newspapers and Periodicals 1680-1816, from British Library Newspapers, Colindale and Cambridge University Library

Eighteenth Century Journals IV
Newspapers and Periodicals 1708-1820, from Chetham's Library, Manchester and Brotherton Library, University of Leeds

Eighteenth Century Journals V The Lady's Magazine and Other Titles, 1712-1835, from Birmingham Central Library, British Library, Cambridge University Library and Liverpool John Moores University Library

Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection, 1799-1971
Searchable, full text of ethnic and minority newspapers in the U. S.

Evening Star, 1852-1981
The Evening Star was regarded as the “paper of record” for Washington, D.C. It included coverage of the daily activities of every branch of government.

Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2010
The Financial Times Historical Archive delivers the complete searchable run of the daily business newspaper.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports 1941-1996
FBIS Daily Reports issued by the U.S. Government. Translations of broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the world. Coverage: 1941 to 1996 - Updates vary

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
Frank Leslie’s Weekly, later known as Leslie’s Weekly, and originally titled Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, was an American illustrated literary and news publication. One of several such publications started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie, it ran from 1855 to 1922

Gale NewsVault
Search full text of British news sources from the late 18th century to the 20th Century.

Gallica, the Bibliotheque National's collection of full text books, periodicals, maps, illustrations and other materials, includes historical newspapers. Among those papers currently available full text are Le Figaro from 1826-1942 (with some years missing) and La Presse from 1832-1922. Other titles include Le Temps, La Croix, L’Humanité, Le Journal des débats politiques et littéraires, Journal des débats et des décrets, Journal de l’Empire, Le Gaulois, Le Petit Parisien, La Lanterne, Le Matin, L’Aurore, Ouest-Eclair : éditions de Rennes, Caen et Nantes, L’Action française, Le Constitutionnel, L’Univers, and Le Petit Journal.

Godey's Ladies Book
The most popular women's periodical of its day, with stories, poems, fashion, illustrations and music.

Harper's Bazaar Archive

Searchable archive of every page, advertisement, and cover of every issue of Harper's Bazaar from its first appearance in 1867 to the current month. Coverage: 1867-Present Harper's Weekly
A fulltext archive of the important 19th-century American publication Harper's Weekly, with faceted search functionality.

Hispanic American Newspapers 1808-1980
digital collection of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the United States since the 19th century

Historical Newspapers
Includes three indexes: "Palmer's" covering The Times (London) 1790-1905, the Official Index to The Times, 1906-1980 and the NYT 1863-1905 and 1913-1922. Coverage: 1790-1980 - Varies

Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003
Archive of the British pictorial weekly, full text and illustrations

Imperial Russia's Illustrated Press
Provides access to five illustrated weekly magazines of late imperial Russia: Iskry, Russkaia illiustratsiia, Sinii zhurnal, Vseobshchii zhurnal, & Zhivopisnaia Rossiia: Coverage: 1900-1918

Izvestiia Digital Archive
Searchable full-text archive of the Soviet newspaper "Izvestiia" from the first issue published in 1917.

Joint Publications Research Service>
This collection features English translations of foreign-language monographs, reports, serials, journal and newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world. With an emphasis on communist and developing countries, this digital edition of Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1995, contains a wealth of hard-to-find social science, scientific, and technical materials translated from many languages

Liberty Magazine
Liberty Magazine Historical Archive, 1924-1950 provides users engaged in research of the 20th century a range of art, stories, articles and advertisements offering valuable insight into Depression Era and World War II America. It offers a perspective of the everyday lives of working-class and middle-class America.

LIFE Magazine
Access issues from 1935 - 1972 freely online via Google Books.

A ladies' journal devoted to temperance and literature, first edited by Amelia Bloomer.Coverage: 1849 to 1856

The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991
The Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991 features the complete 62-year run of The Listener, the BBC periodical published from 1929-1991.

Los Angeles Sentinel
Full page and article images with searchable full text from the Los Angeles Sentinel, 1934-2005

Los Angeles Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The full text of the Los Angeles Times, with images of pages and articles; users can search and limit by date and article type. Coverage: 1881-1985

March of Time
Time, Inc.'s "newsreel" coverage of current events, 1935-1967

National Geographic Magazine Digital Archive
Searchable, full text of the National Geographic Magazine, 1888-1994

New York Amsterdam News (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Full page and article images with searchable full text from the New York Amsterdam news, 1922-1993

New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Full text of New York Times articles from 1851 to the present, with a two year embargo period, plus searching using the Times Index 1851-1993

New York Tribune/Herald Tribune (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Full page and article images with searchable full text from the New York Tribune/Herald Tribune, 1841-1962

Digital access to more than 1000 historical newspapers from communities within Indiana. Coverage: 1816-2012 (varies with newspaper)

Nineteenth Century Historical United States Newspapers
A digital archive of American historical newspapers from the 19th century, including over 1.5 million full-text pages, many complete with images. Coverage: 19th century

Nineteenth Century Masterfile
Indexes that cover British and American periodicals in the nineteenth century including the Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906 (or "Poole's") by William F. Poole. Coverage: Nineteenth Century

Oxford Journals Online Archives - Humanities
Backfiles of Oxford University Press humanities journals.

Pennsylvania Gazette
Newspaper published in Philadelphia between 1728 and 1800 Coverage: 1728-1800

Periodicals Archive Online
Previously known as PCI Full Text, Periodicals Archive Online offers backfiles of over 400 humanities and social sciences journals. Coverage: 17th century to the present

Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957
Popular British photojournalism magazine, full text and images

Pittsburgh Courier (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Full page and article images with searchable full text from the Courier, 1911 -2002

The central daily newspaper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Coverage: 1912-2009

ProQuest Historical Newspapers
Search all the titles in the ProQuest Historical Newspaper collection simultaneously

Punch Historical Archive, 1841-1992
This collection includes the complete run of Punch magazine and features search functionality across years on the Gale Newsvault platform.

Readers Guide Retrospective 1890-1982
Provides access to citations from 512 of the leading United States journals from 1890-1982.

Readex AllSearch
A streamlined platform for efficiently searching across Readex collections, including: African American Periodicals, America's Historical Imprints, America's Historical Newspapers, Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, World Newspaper Archive. Coverage: Varies

Retrospektive Digitalisierung wissenschaftlicher Rezensionsorgane und Literaturzeitschriften
This project aims to digitally recreate the corpus of German Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment journals and review sources.

The Revolution, a weekly women’s rights newspaper, was the official publication of the National Woman Suffrage Association formed by feminists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to secure women’s enfranchisement through a federal constitutional amendment. Coverage: 1868-1872

Russian Avant-garde, 1904-1946
Collection of about 800 Russian books, periodicals and almanacs produced by the Russian Avant-garde movement between 1910 and 1940

South Asian Newspapers
Searchable 19th and 20th century newspapers from South Asia featuring titles from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka presented in original page images

Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006
The Sunday Times Historical Archive, 1822-2006 brings two centuries of news together in one resource, providing the complete run of the newspaper up to 2006, including all of its supplements, in one cross-searchable and browseable platform.

Times Digital Archive (The Times, London)
The full text of The Times (London), images of pages and articles, search and limit by date and article type. Use Lexis-Nexis for 1986-today. Coverage: 1785-1985 when completed.

TLS: the Times Literary Supplement Centenary Archive
The TLS Centenary Archive provides access to the full text of over 250,000 review and articles in the TLS. Coverage: 1902-1990

Times of India (1838-2001) ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Digitized full text of the world's most widely circulated English daily newspaper, originally published for English residents in India

Virginia Gazette, 1736-1780
Searchable content of the Virginia Gazette

Vogue Archive
Searchable,full text of Vogue magazine, 1892 to the present - Updates vary

The Wall Street Journal (1899-1994)
Full text of the WSJ, America's business newspaper.

Washington Post (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
The full text of the Washington Post, with images of pages and articles; users can search and limit by date and article type. Coverage: 1877-1994 - Updates vary

Women's Magazine Archive Contains the full backfiles of leading women’s interest consumer. Coverage: Late 19th Century to 2005

Women's Wear Daily Archive
A comprehensive archive of Women’s Wear Daily, from the first issue in 1910 to material from within the last twelve months, reproduced in high-resolution images

World Newspaper Archive
A collection of historical newspapers from around the globe. Coverage: 19th century through the 1990's

World History in Video
Streaming documentaries will allow students and researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century.

World Newspaper Archive, Latin American Newspapers
full text, searchable archive of newspapers published between1805 and 1922 in Latin America. Coverage: 1805-1922

World Newsreels Online
Collection of streaming videos that features full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the first half of the twentieth century.

Zasshi kiji sakuin shusei
Index to periodical articles published in Japanese, including those in former Japanese colonies, 1868 to the present

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Making of America (Michigan host)

Making of America (Cornell host)

American Memory (Library of Congress)

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (Library of Congress)

Open-access newspaper collections digitized by the University of Florida

Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers (NewspaperCat)
Digital Military Newspaper Library
Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library
"The Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers (NewspaperCat) is a tool that facilitates the discovery of online digitized historical newspaper content from newspapers published in the United States and the Caribbean. NewspaperCat was funded by a grant from the George A. Smathers Libraries.
Search by keyword, newspaper title or by city, county or state to locate titles. From your search result, click on the link(s) to connect to the digital newspaper(s). In many cases, this content is keyword searchable, depending on the hosting organization.
NewspaperCat currently links to over 1000 full-text newspaper titles with a goal to include links to as many US and Caribbean newspapers with archival digital content as possible.. Plans are to expand the Catalog as newly digitized newspaper titles are located."


Google News Archive

United States Online Historical Newspapers (Google)

Newspaper Archives/Indexes/Morgues (Libraryof Congress)

Historical Newspapers Online (University of Illinois)

Wikipedia:List of online newspaper archives

NewspaperCat: Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers (University of Florida)

The Online Books Page: Serials (University of Pennsylvania)

Project Guttenberg Periodicals

RSAP: Resources for Research: Periodicals

Women Working, 1800-1930 (Harvard University. Open Collections Program)

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Alaska Newspapers Index
(Index only)

California Digital Newspaper Collection

Colorado's Historic Newspaper Collection

Florida Digital Newspaper Library

Digital Library of Georgia
Atlanta Journal Constitution (Index, with preview; articles available with payment)

Hawaiian Nupepa Collection
Hawaiian Language newspapers

Barrington Review
Quincy Historical Newspaper Archive
Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection
Digital Newspaper Collection (University of Illinois)

Hoosier State Chronicles
Indiana newspapers from Chronicling America

Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index (Index only)
Kentuckiana Digital Library

Louisiana Newspaper Access Program - LaNeAP

Welcome to the Snow Index to Brunswick Newspapers (Maine)
(Index only)

Harvard Crimson

Winona Newspaper Project

Historic Missouri Newspaper Project
Missouri Digital Heritage

Las Vegas Age

New Jersey
Cranbury Press
Atlantic County Newspapers
Princeton Papers: Local Express,  Princeton University Weekly Bulletin,  The Daily Princetonian, Town Topics

New York
Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1902)
Northern New York Historical Newspapers
Suffolk Historic Newspapers
Fulton History: Old New York State Historical Newspapers
New York Daily Tribune Index (Index only)

North Carolina
North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project

The Occident and American Jewish Advocate
Digital Newspapers at Penn State
Columbia Spy
Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project
Pennsylvania Civil War Era Newspaper Collection

South Carolina
The New South

Utah Digital Newspapers

Richmnond Daily Dispatch
Civil War Era Newspapers
Virginia Gazette

Historical Newspapers in Washington

Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles

Wyoming newspaper project

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Australian newspapers

Christian Science Monitor   (Index, with preview; articles available with payment)

Silent Worker
The Silent Worker was a popular national newspaper among the deaf population of the United States during the end of the 1890's through the end of the first quarter of the 20th century

Stars and Stripes 1918- 1919

Digitized German newspapers from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Digitales Zeitungsarchiv   (Landesbibliothek Dr. Friedrich Tessman)
Over 50 full- text newspapers published in French and German in the alpine/ Tyrolean region of Germany, Austria, and Italy. Period of coverage is 1794 to 2006.

Zeitschriften und Zeitungen   (Reprecht- Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
Small collection of digitized periodicals and newspapers. Includes Feldzeitungen aus dem 1. Weltkrieg (1914-1918), Der Heidelberger Student (May 1929 - February 1938), Heidelberger Zeitung (1861-1919), Relation (Strassburg, 1609, oldest newspaper in the world), Zeitung für Einsiedler (1808).

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Academic Search (EBSCO)
Provides fulltext coverage of magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles for most academic disciplines.

Access World News
Includes complete electronic editions of hundreds of large and small U.S. newspapers and titles worldwide. Provides more than 150 million current and archived articles users can search, browse, print and email. Offers coverage at local, regional, national and international levels. Enables researchers to track subjects geographically and over time.

Alt-Press Watch
Alt-PressWatch is a fulltext database of alternative and independent newspapers, magazines and journals that present viewpoints that differ from mainstream media coverage of issues and events. 1970 to present

The Archive contains newspaper, magazine, and journal articles from international, alternative sources that promote social change. 1969-1990

Business Source Premier
Regional, national and international business, financial, banking and industry publications (includes over 2,300 titles fulltext).

Education Week
Education Week is a collocation of news materials on education in the United States, including articles from Education week and Teacher magazine AP newswire stories, blogs, white papers, etc.

Ethnic NewsWatch
Articles from newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press in America; full text and searchable in English and Spanish

General news and business information sources from international newswires and pictures, TV and radio transcripts,local newspapers, company reports, and media programs. Coverage: 1985 to present

Herald Times Online

Independent Voices Independent Voices is a series of digital collections of the alternative press that are complete runs of newspapers, magazines, and journals drawn from these widely scattered special collections of leading academic libraries.

Informe Academico (English Interface)
Indexing, full-text and images of Spanish-language magazines and pamphlets. Coverage: 1994 to the Present

Informe Academico (Spanish Interface)
Indexing, full-text and images of Spanish-language magazines and pamphlets. Coverage: 1994 to the Present

IntelliConnect (formerly CCH)
CCH Tax Research Network. Access to federal and state tax libraries; on campus only. Also the latest tax news, analysis, cases and other primary source materials.

Keesing's Online
Keesing's Online is an authoritative monthly digest of worldwide political, diplomatic and economic affairs. Coverage: 1931 to the Present

LexisNexis Academic
Organized into 5 categories, LexisNexis includes articles from international newspapers, magazines, transcripts, legal research and medical journals

Newspaper Source
Provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for articles in six major newspapers beginning in January 1, 1995.

Major U.S. Newspapers
This page contains links to electronic versions of major United States newspapers, including New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.

Readers Guide Full Text Mega
A database of articles from popular U.S. and Canadian periodicals on current events, news, popular culture and many other topics Coverage: Index and abstracts from 1983 to present; full text from 1994 to present-

Regional Business News
Provides comprehensive full text coverage of 75 regional business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Television News Archive Indexes
PLEASE NOTE: This resource requires RealPlayer for content viewing. Indiana University Libraries' workstations do not have access to RealPlayer. A personal device may be required for viewing. Indexes evening broadcasts from ABC, ABC Nightline, CBS, CNN, NBC and PBS. Online video is available for CNN news broadcasts from 1999 to the present. More info › Coverage: 1968-present

Universal databases
Full-text database of leading Russian and English newspapers published since 1997 in the Newly Indepependent States of the former Soviet Union.

Universal Database of Russian Newspapers
UDB-Central newspapers. Provides online access to over 800,000 articles from the Russian press in both English and Russian

Universal Database of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Baltics
UDB-EUR. The Universal Database of newspapers from the Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus includes important periodicals published in these newly independent states which used to be part of the Soviet Union. The sources are in mostly in Russian, they cover various issues of domestic and international importance.

World News Connection World News Conenction is translated news from overseas sources. WNC contains materials provided by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS). Reports are full text, English translations of foreign news sources and information. Many of the materials are copyrighted.

World News Digest
Online version of Facts On File, a resource which provides summaries of domestic and international news. Coverage: 1940 to the present

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