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ProQuest Historical Newspapers: About

A guide to all aspects of ProQuest Historical Newspapers including content, searching, and viewing results on the ProQuest platform.

The Definitive Newspaper Digital Archive

ProQuest Historical Newspapers offers access to more than 25 million pages of digitized, searchable content. Users interested in history, genealogy, the arts and media, sociology, international politics, ethnic studies, business, culture, science, and technology will find the full runs of leading U.S. and international titles an invaluable resource.

Researchers can search different Document Types to find exactly what they are looking for, including:

    • Article
    • Banner
    • Birth notice
    • Classified ad
    • Comic
    • Display ad
    • Editorial
    • Editorial cartoon
    • Fire loss
    • Front page article
    • Other
    • Legal notice
    • Letter to editor
    • Lottery numbers
    • Marriage
    • Masthead
    • Military war news
    • Obituary
    • Photo standalone
    • Real estate transaction
    • Review
    • Soldier list
    • Stock quote
    • Table of contents
    • Weather

    What are ProQuest Historical Newspapers?

    The inauguration of a world leader. A breakthrough medical discovery. A declaration of war. The social event of the season. The rock concert of a generation. A new recipe. A death in the family. The birth of freedom.

    For centuries, newspapers have been at the scene capturing not only the facts about momentous occasions, but also the sights and sounds of everyday life. ProQuest Historical Newspapers lets casual explorers and serious researchers alike travel digitally back through centuries to become eyewitnesses to history.

    Front-page headlines, classified ads, marriage and death announcements, comic strips, reviews, display advertising, editorials, birth notices, photographs, and many other article types combine to help today’s researchers not only understand the news of yesteryear, but also the context in which it was made. For vital, primary source materials about worldwide and local events from 1764 into the 21st century, start here.

    Titles and Coverage

    ProQuest Historical Newspapers features the following titles:

    • The Arizona Republican—1890-1922
    • Atlanta Constitution—1868-1945
    • The Baltimore Sun—1837-1987
    • The Boston Globe—1872-1981
    • The Chicago Tribune—1849-1989
    • The Christian Science Monitor—1908-1999
    • Cincinnati Enquirer—1841-1922
    • Detroit Free Press—1831-1922
    • Hartford Courant—1764-1987
    • Indianapolis Star—1903-1922
    • Los Angeles Times—1881-1989
    • Nashville Tennessean—1812-1922
    • The New York Times (1851-2009) with Index—(1851-1993)
    • New York Tribune—1841-1922
    • Newsday—1940-1984
    • San Francisco Chronicle—1865-1922
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch—1874-1922
    • Wall Street Journal—1889-1995
    • Washington Post—1877-1996

    International Newspapers:

    • Chinese Newspaper Collection1832-1953
    • The Globe and Mail1844-2009
    • The Guardian (1821-2003) & The Observer—(1791-2003)
    • Irish Times (1859-2011) & Weekly Irish Times—(1876-1958)
    • Jerusalem Post—1932-1988
    • The Scotsman—1817-1950
    • Toronto Star1894-2011
    • The Times of India—1838-2003

    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

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    Food for Thought

    Newspapers live only in the present tense and, as a consequence, give the time traveller an unparalleled sense of what the world was like - the prejudices, the habits, manners and preoccupations seen through a fixed prism.
    —Richard Eyre, Saturday Guardian, March 11, 2007