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Newspapers: Older Information

Use this guide to find contemporary and historical newspapers in print, microform, and online.

OLDER INFORMATION

The following are suggestions for locating older sources of information.

  1. The Internet and online sources of information have only been available since the 1980s. Prior to that, most sources of information were found in print books.
  2. Bibliographies on a particular subject provide lists of articles, books and other sources of information. For example, the following bibliography would provide many sources of information on the holocaust: By words alone: the Holocaust in literature by Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi [PN56.H55 E9 1980].

Many older newspapers are being digitized and made available freely on the web.

  • Google News Archive is a digitized historical collection of mainly U.S., but some international newspapers.
  • Chronicling America from the Library of Congress contains digitized newspapersfrom 1880-1992 from numerous states. 
  • From Bowling Green State University Library, list of websites with historical newspapers from the United States and newspapers by state.

Online access to older U.S. newspapers

Older Newspapers at VWU

Hofheimer Library has microform copies of the following papers. Ask a library staff member for assistance.

New York Times 1947-2007
American Beacon & Predecessors

> Jan-Dec 1826

> Jan-Dec 1831

> Jn 6- Dec 8 1840

> Jan-Dec 1850

Virginia Beach News Norfolk

> Jan 4, 1935-Dec 31 1937

> Jan 7, 1938 - Dec 27, 1940

> Jan 3, 1941 - October 20, 1944

> Nov 1, 1946 - Dec 23, 1949

> Jan 6, 1950 - Dec 23, 1952

Virginia Beach Sun News Norfolk

> Jan 1, 1953 - Jan 30 1954

> Jan 6, 1955 - Dec 29, 1955

Virginia Gazette Daybooks

> 1750-1752

> 1764-1766

Virginia Gazette

Also see Colonial Williamsburg's digital access to

the Virginia Gazette held at the John D. Rockerfeller ,Jr 

Library 

> Sept 1736 - Sept 19, 1751

> Sept 20, 1751 - Dec 1768, March 31, 1768

> Jan 1768, April 1768, June 30, 1771 - Nov 21, 1771

> July 1, 1771 - Nov 28, 1771, July 1774

> July 1774 - Jan 1776

> July 1776 - June 1776