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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

History 498B: Lincoln, Visual Culture, and Nation Building

A course guide.

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Information on accessing newspaper content. This page emphasizes full text collections (ie. online newspaper collections), but the library carries historical newspapers in 3 formats: print, micrform, and digital.

1. Online Newspapers

For the most complete and up-to-date information on finding newspapers, whether current or historical, please visit our Find Newspapers guide. That guide is the best place to begin a search for newspapers.

The below list includes only those collections that offer digital reproductions of the original print copies.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
The New York Times (1851-2005), the Los Angeles Times (1881-1986), the Wall Street Journal (1889-1991), the Washington Post (1877-1992), and the Chicago Tribune (1849-1986). Also includes 5 major African American newspapers: Atlanta Daily World (1931-203), Los Angeles Sentinel (1934-2005), New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), Pittsburgh Courier (1911-2002), and the Chicago Defender (1910-1975).
British Newspapers: 1600-1900.
Fully searchable collection of newspapers and pamphlets from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Times (London) Digital Archive: 1785-1985.
Fully searchable.
America's Historical Newspapers: 1690-1922.
Collection of over 1,000 early U.S. newspapers. Fully searchable.
19th Century U.S. Newspapers.
Fully searchable.