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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