Newspapers: Free Online Collections

Return to the Century Past Library Catalog

Go to Catalog

070 News media, journalism, publishing

Art of Newspaper Making. Three Lectures

Appleton 1895
Dana, C. A.Go to Book
DDC: 070

Contents: The modern American newspaper; The profession of journalism; The making of a newspaper man.

The Immigrant Press and Its Control

NY: Harper & Brothers 1922
Park, Robert E.Go to Book
DDC: 070.4

This is a volume in the “Americanization Studies” series, which studied the methods of various agencies engaged in the work of Americanization of immigrants. The series was funded by the Carnegie Corporation, which often provided funding to such agencies. Headings are:

Part 1. Soil for the Immigrant Press
1. Why There is a Foreign-Language Press
2. European Backgrounds of the Immigrant Press
3. The Immigrant Press and Assimilation
4. Enlightenment Through the Press

Part 2. Contents of the Foreign-Language Press
5. Advertising
6. The Provincial Press
7. The Cosmopolitan Press
8. The Cosmopolitan Press and the War
9. The Class War

Part 3. Natural History of the Immigrant Press
10. Press Established by the Early Immigrants
11. The Later Immigrant Press
12. The Press Reflects its Group
13. The Struggle for Existence
14. The Survival of the Fittest

Part 4. Control of the Press
15. The Levers of Control
16. The Manipulations of Hammerling
17. Enemy Propaganda and Government Intervention
18. Control through Alliance


Go to Collection

Links to 2,700 digitized newspapers in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the U.S. All Australian newspapers appear to be located at “The Trove”, at the National Library of Australia. The numerous U.S. newspapers links are from a variety of state and university digitized collections.

Google News Archive

Go to Collection

Google offers archived copies of numerous newspapers from around the world, organized alphabetically by title. It does not appear to be possible to search for newspapers by country or location.

Wikipedia: List of Online Newspaper Archives

Wikipedia online
Go to Collection

This page has links to some online newspaper archives from countries around the world, and indicates whether they are paid or free. The U.S. section is sub-categorized by state, and the Canada section is sub-categorized by province.

Historical Worldwide Newspapers Online

Bowling Green State University Libraries
Go to Collection

Links to numerous newspapers from around the world, as well as collections of newspapers, organized by country.

071 News media, journalism, publishing In North America

071.1 United States

The Ancestor Hunt – United States Online Historical Newspaper Links

Go to Collection

This appears to be the most comprehensive website for historical U.S. and Canadian newspapers, and it is constantly being updated and expanded. There is a page for each state and Canadian province. Also pages for many special collections, such as:

– African-American
– American Farming
– German American
– Pennsylvania Civil War Era

The site contains many tutorials and other guidance for doing research in newspapers, and has links to other significant online newspaper collections, mainly for North America.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Washington: Library of Congress
Go to Collection

This Library of Congress directory of U.S. Newspapers lists a huge number of past newspapers, when and where they were published, and where they can be found now. Some of the newspapers are digitized on this site.

Historical Newspapers Online

University of Pennsylvania
Go to Collection

This Penn Library site is a collection of links to archived online U.S. newspapers, grouped by state.

Links to collections or individual newspapers in five Great Lakes states

can be found at these pages on the History of the Great Lakes States website:

Ohio Periodicals page

Illinois Periodicals page

Indiana Periodicals page

Michigan Periodicals page

Wisconsin Periodicals page

071.4 Canada

The Ancestor Hunt – United States Online Historical Newspaper Links

Go to Collection

See the entry for this site on this page under “United States” for more information.

The Early Alberta Newspaper Collection

Alberta Heritage Digitization Project
Go to Collection

The site currently has nearly 60 titles.

French-Canadian Newspapers: An Essential Historical Source (1808-1919)

Library and Archives Canada
Go to Collection

The site has 198 newspaper titles. Only one issue is online for most titles.

Historical Canadian Newspapers Online

Bowling Green State University Libraries
Go to Collection

Contains links to several online collections of Canadian newspapers as well as links to a few hundred individual titles. Organized by province.

Manitobia: Digital Resources on Manitoba History

Manitoba Library Consortium
Go to Collection

The site currently offers 38 newspaper titles, in addition to photo collections, maps, and books on local history.

A Nation’s Chronicle: The Canada Gazette

Library and Archives Canada
Go to Collection

“Often referred to as “the official newspaper of the Government of Canada,” the Canada Gazette has been an important instrument in the Canadian democratic process for more than 160 years. The database comprises images taken from microfilm, microfiche and rare original copies of the Gazette”
– Website Introduction

Nova Scotia Historical Newspapers Online

Libraries Nova Scotia
Go to Collection

Approximately 25 titles are available, including a few from the 18th century. Community Newspapers Collection
Go to Collection

About 25 titles are available.

Peel’s Prairie Provinces

University of Alberta Libraries
Go to Collection

The site offers about 110 titles from western Canada. It also has 7,500 digitized books, 16,000 postcards and 1,000 maps.

072 News media, journalism, other English language

072.3 U.K. Wales

Welsh Newspapers Online

The National Library of Wales
Go to Collection

About 115 newspapers published between 1804 and 1919. The majority are English-language, with the remainder in Welsh. Free. Good user interface.

072.5 Australia


Australia National Library
Go to Collection

Hundreds of newspapers, from the 19th to the mid-20th century. The site also has other online resources: books, images, maps, music, archives and more.

072.6 New Zealand

Papers Past

New Zealand National Library
Go to Collection

About 90 publications from all regions of New Zealand. 1839-1945.

To receive links to free history articles and resources every day in your Twitter or Facebook feeds, follow:

Century Past History (Twitter)

History of the Great Lakes States (Facebook)

Return to the Century Past Library Catalog

Go to Catalog

Your comments and feedback are welcome!