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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course US: Newspaper Records  by Rhonda McClure. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Newspaper Holdings by State (cont.)

Maine through Wyoming

Maine (1820)

  • Folger Library at University of Maine at Orono has the largest collection of microfilmed newspapers. It has a computer printout of listings with its holding and a typescript entitled Maine Newspapers in the Smaller Maine Public Libraries. Also check local libraries,Maine Historical Society Library, 489 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101, and Maine State Library, 64 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333 for indices to various newspaper vital statistics.

Maryland (1788)

  • Maryland State Archives, 350 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401 has many newspapers, guides to and abstracts from them, including Newspapers of Maryland: A Guide to the Microfilm Collection of Newspapers in the Maryland State Archives. A published Union List of Newspapers in Maryland Libraries was done in 1977. Many newspaper abstracts have been published also. University of Maryland, McKeldin Library, offers ILL.

Massachusetts (1788)

  • The largest collection of microfilm copies for this state can be found at Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116. Also check Massachusetts State Library, 24 Beacon Street, State House Room 341, Boston, MA 02133. Boston Evening Transcript, a genealogical column of queries, answers and notes was published from 1894 to 1941 and indices to it and Hartford Times are available at Boston Public Library.

Michigan (1837)

  • The Library of Michigan — Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48909, has, an extensive collection of microfilmed newspapers that are available for use at the library and ILL. Also check at Bentley Historical Library, 1150 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109, and Burton Historical Collection Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.

Minnesota (1858)

  • Minnesota Historical Society, Historical Building, 345 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906, is the best source for Minnesota newspapers which date from 1849 — ILL.

Mississippi (1817)

  • The Mississippi Newspaper Project has plans to microfilm this state’s newspapers, which are in the process of being catalogued. Contact Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History, P.O. Box 571, Jackson, MS 39205 and major academic libraries in Mississippi.

Missouri (1821)

  • The State Historical Society of Missouri, 1020 Lowry St., Columbia, MO 65201, has an excellent newspaper collection — ILL. A Catalogue of Missouri Newspapers on Microfilm is available for $10. The Missouri Historical Society, Jefferson Memorial Building Forest Park, in St. Louis, MO 63112-1099 has obituary clippings dating back more than 100 years—mostly from eastern Missouri newspapers and an almost complete collection of the Missouri Republican, which began in 1808 and the Missouri Gazette, which was published until 1919. Missouri Digital Newspaper Project.

Montana (1889)

Nebraska (1867)

  • Nebraska State Historical Society PO Box 82554, Lincoln, NE 68501, has microfilmed Nebraska newspapers dating from territorial days to the present. Guides are available (about $4) from the society. Contact regarding ILL. Many early Nebraska newspapers have been indexed and the indices will be checked by historical society’s staff. Nebraska Newspapers: Digitizing Nebraska’s History

Nevada (1864)

  • Microfilmed newspapers are available at Nevada State Library, 100 North Steward Street , Carson City, NV 89710, Nevada Historical Society , 1650 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89503, and University of Nevada Reference Library. Also at University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Reno . Also see: The Newspapers of Nevada: A History and Bibliography, 1854-1979, by Richard E. Lingenfelter and Karen Rix Gash (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1984). See also Red Book (pp. 427-428) for list of indices of Nevada newspapers and their locations.

New Hampshire (1788)

New Jersey (1787)

  • Large collections of newspapers are at New Jersey State Archives, 225 West State Street, Level 2, Trenton, NJ 08625-0307, and at New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102. Many New Jersey newspapers have extracts in print and were published in the five volumes of New Jersey Archives, 2nd Series.

New Mexico (1912)

New York (1788)

North Carolina (1789)

North Dakota (1889)

Ohio (1803)

  • Ohio Historical Society, 800 East 17th Ave , Columbus, OH 43211 and the Western Reserve Historical Society, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44106 has extensive collections. Many local historical societies in Ohio have obituary files. Also check with both historical and genealogical societies in the county of interest.

Oklahoma (1907)

  • Oklahoma State Historical Society Library and Archives Division, 2100 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105, and the University of Oklahoma Library, 401 W. Brook Street ,Norman, OK 73019 have pioneer and Indian newspapers; OHS has about 90 percent of all Oklahoma newspapers ever published.

Oregon (1859)

  • Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205 has a microfilmed newspaper collection of papers published in more than 100 Oregon cities from 1846 to 1980 — ILL in Oregon only. Some pre-1880 Oregon newspapers are available at the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. Historic Oregon Newspapers.

Pennsylvania (1787)

Rhode Island (1790)

  • Rhode Island Historical Society, 121 Hope St., Providence, RI 02906, is official repository in state for all published newspapers. It has almost every state newspaper known from 1732 to the present, including a nearly complete file of the Providence Gazette (1762-1825). Abstracts of vital records from newspapers can be found in several other repositories and the society has some abstracts and indexes.

South Carolina (1788)

  • South Carolina’s newspapers, dating from 1732, that are on microfilm, are available in public and university libraries throughout the state. Large collections of newspapers are available at S.C. Historical Society, 100 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401, the South Caroliniana Library, University of S.C., Columbia, SC 29208, and Charleston Library Society, 164 King St., Charleston, SC 29401.

South Dakota (1889)

Tennessee (1796)

Texas (1845)

  • Texas State Library, P.O. Box 12927, , Austin, TX 78711 has some Texas newspapers are on microfilm and some extracts have been compiled and published.

Utah (1896)

Vermont (1791)

  • Vermont State Library, Supreme Court Building, 109 State, Montpelier, VT 05609 has an excellent collection, beginning with the first publication in 1781. They are microfilmed — some ILL

Virginia (1788)

Washington (1889)

  • Washington State Library, P.O. Box 42460, Olympia, WA 98504, has a large collection of newspapers on microfilm and guides to the collection are available from this repository — ILL. Washington History: Historical Newspapers in Washington.

West Virginia (1863)

Wisconsin (1847)

  • State Historical Society of Wisconsin 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706-1488 has an outstanding newspaper collection— the second-largest collection of newspapers in the U.S. Many are on microfilm and available through ILL.

Wyoming (1890)

  • Wyoming State Archives, Barrett Building, Cheyenne, WY 82002, has the most complete microfilmed collection in the state.


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