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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:

And the URL for Valley County, Nebraska is:

So, the pat­tern comes down to:

Prefix: [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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