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ProQuest Historical Newspapers

An unparalleled digital archive of the most sought-after historical newspapers for research

What are ProQuest Historical Newspapers?

Historical newspaper content is among researchers’ most sought-after primary source material. With more than 45 premier historical titles, ProQuest Historical Newspapers is the definitive newspaper digital archive empowering researchers to digitally travel back through centuries to become eyewitnesses to history.

From leading issues and events, like the U.S. Civil War, immigration, westward expansion, industrial developments, race relations, and World War I and II; to local and regional politics, society, arts, culture, business, and sports, ProQuest Historical Newspapers reveals the day-to-day news coverage to researchers and historical explorers, providing invaluable insights and information to users from a wide range of subjects.

Every issue of each title includes the complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format. Researchers can study the progression of issues over time through these historical newspaper pages, including articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, editorial cartoons, and so much more. The full collection of ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ contains more than 35 million digitized pages.

What titles are featured in ProQuest Historical Newspapers?

ProQuest Historical Newspapers features the following titles:

NOTE:  Titles in BOLD are entirely or partially page level scanned/indexed versus article level.  More information on those scanning/indexing methods can be found below.

  • The Arizona Republican—1890-1922
  • Atlanta Constitution—1868-1984
  • The Austin American Statesman--1871-1977*
  • The Baltimore Sun—1837-1991*
  • The Boston Globe—1872-1984*
  • Chicago Tribune—1849-1993*
  • The Christian Science Monitor—1908-2003*
  • Cincinnati Enquirer—1841-2009  added years!
  • Detroit Free Press—1831-1999  added years!  
  • Hartford Courant—1764-1991*
  • The Indianapolis Star—1903-2004  added years!  
  • Los Angeles Times—1881-1993*
  • The Louisville Courier-Journal--1830-2000  added years!
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune--1867-2001  new!
  • Nashville Tennessean—1812-1922
  • The New York Times (1851-2013*) with Index—(1851-1993)
  • New York Tribune/Herald Tribune—1841-1962
  • Newsday—1940-1988*
  • Philadelphia Inquirer--1860-2001  new!
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette--1786-2003  new!
  • San Francisco Chronicle—1865-1922
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch—1874-2003 
  • The Wall Street Journal—1889-1999
  • Washington Post—1877-1999

International Newspapers:

  • Chinese Newspaper Collection—1832-1953
  • The Globe and Mail—1844-2012*
  • The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer—(1791-2003)
  • Irish Times (1859-2015*) & Weekly Irish Times—(1876-1958)
  • Jerusalem Post—1932-2008
  • The Scotsman—1817-1950
  • South China Morning Post--1903-1997*
  • Times of India—1838-2007*
  • Toronto Star—1894-2013*

Black Newspapers:

  • Atlanta Daily World—1931-2003
  • The Baltimore Afro-American—1893-1988
  • Cleveland Call & Post—1934-1991
  • Chicago Defender—1910-1975
  • Los Angeles Sentinel—1934-2005
  • New York Amsterdam News—1922-1993
  • The Norfolk Journal & Guide—1921-2003
  • The Philadelphia Tribune—1912-2001
  • Pittsburgh Courier—1911-2002

American Jewish Newspapers:

  • The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger—1857-1922
  • The American Israelite—1854-2000
  • The Jewish Advocate—1905-1990
  • Jewish Exponent—1887-1990

*Additional year of content added annually

ProQuest Historical Newspapers Article- and Page-Level Comparison Grid and Datasheet

When the ProQuest Historical Newspapers program was launched over 15 years ago, all newspapers were digitized at the article-level. This means that every page of newspaper content was “zoned” into its distinct articles and other component parts (editorials, advertisements, cartoons, etc.), and each of those component parts was then run through OCR and treated as an individual entity in the database.

Beginning in 2016, some new historical newspaper titles in the ProQuest Historical Newspapers program are being digitized at the page-level. This means that the full-page image is run through OCR, and the full page of content is stored in its entirety in the database. This article examines the differences between article-level and page-level digitization in searching, search results, and content display.

While there are differences between article-level and page-level digitization process, most users will not notice any difference in searching or search result interpretation. All portions of every page are full-text searchable regardless of the treatment. All ProQuest Historical Newspaper titles are fully cross-searchable with other historical newspapers, contemporary newspapers, and non-newspaper content on the ProQuest Platform. In addition, the new page-level images are high-resolution 400dpi greyscale searchable PDF files that offer end users exciting new capabilities.