Using Newspapers in Historical Research: History Research Guide
- Newspapers can serve as useful primary sources for historical research.
- They reflect the time period in which they were created, and provide a glimpe into society at the time.
- Though some local newspapers are available digitally or on microfilm, many others are available only in their own local regions.
- NCSU Libraries is a member of Center for Research Libraries (CRL) through which we can sometimes borrow hard-to-find newspapers on microfilm.
Early Newspaper Collections
Early American Newspapers, Series 1 (1690-1876)
An extensive collection of colonial and early republic newspapers.
Provides full-text access to a collection of 18th and 19th century primary sources, including some important newspapers from this period. Included in the collection are:
The Pennsylvania gazette, 1728-1800
The Civil War, a newspaper perspective
African American newspapers, the 19th century
Burney Collection, 17th - 18th Century Newspapers
London newspapers of the 17th and 18th centuries. The titles range in date from 1603 to the early 1800s.
North Carolina Newspapers
The News and Observer (Raleigh)
1894-2010 on microfilm - Ask at Learning Commons Desk, DH Hill Library
Guide to NCSU News and Observer holdings and indexes
The Raleigh Times
1940-1989 on microfilm - Ask at Learning Commons Desk, DH Hill Library
North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project
Produced by the North Carolina State Archives, these are digitized versions of the earliest North Carolina newspapers from 1751 to the 1890s.
New York Times
Proquest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851-about 4 yrs ago)
Provides fully searchable electronic access to the New York Times from 1851-about 4 years ago (rolling wall). Includes full image of the actual newspaper articles. Illustrations and advertisements are usually included.
New York Times via Newspaper Source Plus (1985-present)
Use for electronic access to recent articles the New York Times.
New York Times (1857-2005 on microfilm)
AN2 .N49 (Hunt Library)
In most cases, one of the two databases above will be easier to use than the microfilm. Microfilm may be necessary in cases where content is omitted from the online version due to copyright.
New York Times Index
D. H. Hill Lib. AI21 .N44 (3rd floor bookstacks)
This is the standard print index to the New York Times. However, the above databases will be easier to use in most cases.
Los Angeles Times
Proquest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times
Provides fully searchable electronic access to the Los Angeles Times from 1881-1987. Includes full image of the actual newspaper articles. Illustrations and advertisements are usually included.
The Times (London) (1788- 2005 on microfilm)
AN3 .T56 (Hunt Library)
The Times Index
D. H. Hill Lib.. AI21 .T5 (3rd floor bookstacks)
The Times Digital Archive
Full text, covering 1785-1985 - available at the following TRLN Libraries: Duke, UNC-CH
Microfilm Newspapers at NCSU Libraries
NCSU Libraries has many early newspaper runs in microfilm. Most of these are located at theHunt Library.
- Microfilm Newspapers List - Arranged Alphabetically by Title
Microfilm Newspapers List - Arranged by Region
Staff are available at D. H. Hill's Learning Commons desks to assist users with the microform readers.
Historical Newspapers on the Internet
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Website sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide access to information about historic and selected digitized newspaper pages.
Historical U.S. Newspapers on the Internet (LibGuide from Bowling Green State University)
Guide that provides access to online historical newspapers in the United States
Historical Worldwide Newspapers on the Internet (LibGuide from Bowling Green State University)
Guide that provides access to online historical newspapers - use tabs to select region of the world.
NewspaperCat (University of Florida Digital Collections)
Facilitates the discovery of online digitized historical newspaper content from newspapers published in the United States and the Caribbean.
Online Historical Newspapers Website
This project is trying to track the digitization of local newspapers. It includes some online non-free newspapers that may not be inlcude in the sites listed above.
Reference Books and Sites For Further Research
U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present
Use to identify what titles exist for a specific place and time.
American Newspapers, 1821-1936: A Union List of Files Available in the United States and Canada
D. H. Hill Lib. Z6945 .A53
Harvard Guide to American History (vol. 1, p. 131-144)
D. H. Hill Ref. Z1236.F7 1974
History and Bibliography of American Newspapers (Clarence Brigham)
D. H. Hill Lib. Z6951 .B86 1962
Chronological Tables of American Newspapers 1690 - 1820 (American Antiquarian Society)
D. H. Hill Lib Z6951 .L3
Concise History of the British Newspaper
Produced by The British Library
Union List of Selected West European Newspapers and News Magazines in New York Metropolitan Libraries
Browse list by Country or by Title.