ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Combined Search

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This combined database allows you to search across the six ProQuest historical newspapers that the Libraries subscribe to: the Chicago Defender (1910-1975), the New York Times (1851- three years prior to the current year), the Philadelphia Inquirer (November 7, 1860 – December 31, 2001), the Pittsburgh Gazette (August 29, 1786 – December 31, 2003), the Wall Street Journal (1889-1999), and the Washington Post (1877-2000).

You can search by date, fulltext, headline (title), first paragraph (abstract) and more. It includes advertisements and illustrations.


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Dates covered

Chicago Defender: July 31, 1909; January 1, 1910 – December 31, 1975
New York Times: September 18, 1851 – Three years prior to the current year
Philadelphia Inquirer: November 7, 1860 – December 31, 2001
Pittsburgh Gazette: August 29, 1786 – December 31, 2003
Wall Street Journal: July 8, 1889 – December 31, 1999
Washington Post: December 6, 1877 – December 31, 2000

Updating frequency

The New York Times is updated annually in the fall. The other three databases are complete.



Type of coverage

Full image in PDF.

Print counterpart or
related resources

The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post are available on microfilm.  Check QuickSearch for dates.

Producer/content provider

Chicago Defender, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Gazette, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post

Vendor/electronic presentation provider