Category Archives: Newspapers – Historical

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Ever wonder about Columbia's exciting historical newspapers collection?  So much journalism history is right at your fingertips, including titles like The (New York) Sun from which the famous declaration to eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon was written in 1897.  You can find this letter to the editor in The Sun in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, but that's only the beginning!  We have many digitized historical newspapers through ProQuest Historical Newspapers, Gale NewsVault, Archive of Americana, and more.  Enjoy some history this holiday season!


NewspaperARCHIVE database has been added to Columbia’s online newspaper collections.  This resource contains tens of millions of searchable historical newspaper pages, dating back to the 1700s, from across the globe.   


Bookmark this resource using the following link:

New Database: African-American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce a new e-resource, African-American Newspapers, 1827-1998, is now available in our database collection.  You can access African-American Newspapers at the following link:

This collection continues to update on a monthly basis until its completion in late 2010.

American Newspapers at Columbia University Libraries

Picture 8Looking for a state-by-state list of all American newspapers available at Columbia University Libraries?  This comprehensive list, arranged by state and city of publication, is a great place to start! 

It includes currently received paper issues, newspapers in microform, and newspapers available through our online database subscriptions. All call numbers (F, FA, FN, etc.) refer to the Microform Reading Room, 401 Butler Library.

New York Review of Books Online

The online New York Review of Books includes full access to the archives, back to 1963!

To access, just bookmark this link in your web browser: (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates).

Click on the “Archives” link at the top to access older contents, or browse the current issue from the main screen.

All the News That’s Yellowing and Brittle – Historical Newspapers Online

Need newspaper articles that pre-date the stories in Factiva or Nexis (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates)? Curious what was happening in your neighborhood a century ago? Historical newspapers are proliferating on the web, so here’s a quick roundup of both plain text and scanned microfilm (actual page images) databases…

ProQuest Historical Newspapers (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) has become a mother lode for U.S. newspapers. The database, which started with the New York Times and Wall Street Journal backfiles, now also includes historical coverage of the Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. The source of the database is microfilm, so you display articles as they appeared in the paper, and can even flip through the pages of an entire issue.

The Times Digital Archive (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) provides image access to the Times of London.

Accessible Archives (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates) is a searchable plain-text collection of early U.S. papers, including the Pennsylvania Gazette, the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and a collection of 19th century African-American newspapers.

A great free historical newspaper on the web, of local interest, is the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, brought to you by the Brooklyn Public Library. It is a searchable, page image collection of the Brooklyn paper from 1841-1902.