Chronicling America

The Library of Congress’s Chron­i­cling Amer­ica web­site has lists of news­pa­pers, search­able and nav­i­ga­ble by title, as well as tens of thou­sands of images of news­pa­pers from 1880 to 1922 from 15 states (plus the Dis­trict of Columbia):

  • Ari­zona
  • Cal­i­for­nia
  • Dis­trict of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Ken­tucky
  • Min­nesota
  • Mis­souri
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Penn­syl­va­nia
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vir­ginia, and
  • Wash­ing­ton.

The site cat­a­log is very handy for find­ing out about local news­pa­pers that might be avail­able through inter-library loan (ILL) on micro­film and by other means in libraries across the country.

You can even pre­dict the URL for a county you are inter­ested in. For exam­ple, the URL for Mon­roe County, West Vir­ginia is:

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/west%20virginia/monroe/

And the URL for Val­ley County, Nebraska is:

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/nebraska/valley/

So, the pat­tern comes down to:

Pre­fix: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/titles/places/ [which, itself is not a work­able URL]

To this, you append the state, a slash, then the county, and a slash.

State (with spaces replaced by %20, the HTML code for a space): some%20state/

County (with spaces replaced by %20, the HTML code for a space): some%county/

Happy hunt­ing!

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