A chronicle of America across three centuries
As the first draft of history, American newspapers have
preserved essential records and detailed accounts of the people, issues
and events that shaped the nation for hundreds of years. In the 1800s,
American newspapers were often published by small-town printers and
reflected the interests and values of the communities they served. But
as the country grew and changed, so too did its newspapers. In the 19th
century, the number of titles published rose dramatically, and
newspapers were transformed by an increasing emphasis on society,
industry, scientific advances, investigative journalism and
human-interest stories. By the early 20th century, nearly every town in
the United States had its own newspaper.
Thousands of titles from all 50 states
For searching and browsing American newspapers published in three centuries, America’s Historical Newspapers
is the most comprehensive online available. Continually expanding, it
offers searchable digital facsimiles of thousands of titles from all 50
states. With eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters,
advertisements, obituaries and much more, this acclaimed collection
uniquely chronicles the evolution of American culture and daily life
from 1690 to the recent past.
Multiple series, many options, but a single interface
Easily tailored to meet the needs of every institution’s researchers, America’s Historical Newspapers features Early American Newspapers, Series 1-9; 20th-Century American Newspapers, Series 1-3; and American Ethnic Newspapers. The latter includes African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980; and Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection, 1799-1971.
In addition to its availability by series, America’s Historical Newspapers can be customized geographically by any one or more of 50 states or nine regions. And American Newspaper Archives
offers more than 100 individually available titles, including many
major long-running papers. Regardless of which series, states, regions
or individual titles are selected, all are searchable via a common
integrated interface through which researchers can read, print, save
and share images.
From the leading newspaper repositories
America’s Historical Newspapers has been created through
partnerships with the American Antiquarian Society, the Library of
Congress, the Wisconsin Historical Society and more than 90 other
institutions. A distinguished academic advisory board supervises the
title selection process, considering the historical significance of
each newspaper and the diverse political positions of the period.
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