Tag Archives: Newspapers

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!

Database Spotlight: Ethnic NewsWatch

Looking to search ethnic and minority newspapers? Try Ethnic NewsWatch!

Ethnic NewsWatch (access restricted to current Columbia affiliates), a full-text database of newspapers and journal articles from ethnic, minority, and native press.  Ethnic NewsWatch includes both English and Spanish languages titles from across the U.S., and the interface includes the ability to narrow your search by ethnic group, lets you search by keyword, date, title of publication, etc., and has a translation feature.

NYT Digital Subscriptions

NYT Digital SubscriptionsThe New York Times has announced a move to digital subscriptions on March 28th.  Read A Letter to Our Readers About Digital Subscriptions here.  There a number of details surrounding the new system, which allows readers to click on up to 20 stories a month, with a couple of additional unrestricted access options.  For details, please see The New York Times’ FAQ.

So what does this mean for Columbia affiliates?  You will still have access to The New York Times through the over a dozen online current and historical subscription links of Columbia University Libraries – http://clio.cul.columbia.edu:7018/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=3327564. When you graduate, as an alum of the university, you will continue to have access to The New York Times and other newspapers and content through special vendor subscription arrangements, including ProQuest Newspapers and Factiva.

In the meantime, stay tuned and check out the following thoughts/in’s-and-out’s on the new paywall – perhaps the devil is not in the details!


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:


Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press (http://people-press.org) is one of many projects from the Pew Research Center and examines the public’s interest in the news, as well as attitudes of and toward the press.

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is an independent public opinion survey research project, studying attitudes toward the press, politics, and public policy issues.  It is an excellent source for public opinion polling information.

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.