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Early American Newspapers, Series 2-7

August 26, 2013

With nearly 1,600 titles from all 50 states, Early American Newspapers provides an unparalleled record of the topics, people, issues and events that have shaped America for nearly three centuries. In Early American Newspapers, users can limit searches to items that fall into such categories as news and opinion, election returns, letters, poetry, legislative information, prices, advertisements, matrimony notices and death notices. An integrated interface allows researchers to cross search all of these series, as well as easily view, magnify, print and save digital images of articles and pages. Advanced search capabilities allow users to search by date, place of publication or article type; browse individual titles and more.

  • Series 2 focuses on the period between 1820 and 1860, when the number of American newspapers rose dramatically.
  • Series 3 provides in-depth coverage of the the period between 1860 and 1900, focusing on the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era and beyond.
  • Series 4 offers several hundred thousand issues from more than 140 significant 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century newspapers from all 50 present states.
  • Series 5 includes titles that are of special historical significance, such as the famous anti-slavery newspaper, the North Star. Others include the Steamer Pacific News, a nationally popular publication that covered the Gold Rush; Hokubei Jiji (The North American), the first Japanese-language newspaper in the Pacific Northwest; Territorial Enterprise, one of Nevada's most important early newspapers; and Owyhee Avalanche, the first daily in Idaho.
  • Series 6 includes many titles of singular importance, including the Detroit Plaindealer, Detroit’s first successful black newspaper; The Colored American, which provided detailed coverage of the Amistad revolt; Argus of Western America, an early Kentucky paper and a strong supporter of Andrew Jackson; and the Arkansas Gazette, one of the first papers west of the Mississippi.
  • Series 7 includes many new titles of singular importance, including New Orleans' Picayune, established in 1837 and one of the South’s most prominent newspapers, and The Oregonian, founded in 1850 in Portland and still the state’s largest daily. Also included here are the Courier de la Louisiane, a bilingual Creole title; Frederick Douglass’ Paper, the successor to the influential North Star, the title that marked the beginning of a separate black press; California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, a pioneer of early natural history writing; Charleston Mercury, a strong supporter of slavery; Ohio Monitor, published in Columbus and one of the state's principal 19th-century newspapers; and the popular and entertaining Southern Illustrated News.

For more information on Early American Newspapers, please contact Anglo-American History/Political Science Librarian Tom Glynn at or 848.932.6105.

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