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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 ($).


Bibliography of Finding Aids

These finding aids, listed by subject discussed here, should be consulted when trying to find out what newspapers of these types exist and where you might find them.

Ethnic Newspapers

Arndt, Karl J. R., and Mary E. Olson. The German Language Press of the Americas. 3rd rev. ed. 3 vols. Munich: K. G. Saur, 1976–1980.

Balys, Jonas. Lithuanian Periodicals in American Libraries: A Union List. Washington: Library of Congress, 1982.

Campbell, Georgetta Merritt. Extant Collections of Early Black Newspapers: A Research Guide to the Black Press, 1880–1915, With an Index to the Boston Guardian, 1902–1904. Troy, N.Y.: Whitston Publishing Co., 1981.

Danky, James P., ed. Native American Periodicals and Newspapers, 1828–1982; Bibliography, Publishing Record, and Holdings. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1984.

Edelman, Hendrik. The Dutch Language Press in America. Nieuwkoop: De Graaf Publishers, 1986.

Ethnic Serials at Selected University of California Libraries: A Union List. Los Angeles: University of California, 1977. A useful source for Asian-American, Hispanic, and African American publications. Grose, Charles William. Black Newspapers in Texas, 1868–1970. Thesis. University of Texas at Austin, 1972.

Henritze, Barbara K. Bibliographic Checklist of African American Newspapers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995.

Hoerder, Dirk. The Immigrant Labor Press in North America, 1840s–1970s; an Annotated Bibliography. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987. Vol. 1: migrants from northern Europe; vol. 2: migrants from eastern and southeastern Europe; vol. 3: migrants from southern and western Europe.

Hoglund, A. William. Union List of Finnish Newspapers Published by Finns in the United States and Canada, 1876–1985. Minneapolis: Finnish-American Newspapers Microfilm Project, 1985.

Hovde, Oivind M., and Martha E. Henzler. Norwegian American Newspapers in Luther College Library. Decorah, Iowa: Luther College Press, 1975.

Kestercanek, Nada. Croatian Newspapers and Calendars in the United States. Scranton, Pa.: Marywood College, 1952. Reprint. San Francisco: R. & E. Research Associates, 1971.

Marzolf, Marion. The Danish-Language Press in America. New York: Arno Press, 1979.

Saar, Amanda. Black Arkansas Newspapers, 1869–1975: A Checklist. Fayetteville, Ark.: David W. Mullins Library, University of Arkansas, 1976.

Setterdahl, Lilly. Swedish American Newspapers: A Guide to the Microfilms Held By the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. Rock Island: Augustana College Library, 1981.

University of Minnesota. Immigration History Research Center. The Newspaper and Serial Holdings of the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota. St. Paul: the center, 1984–. Part 1: Ukrainian American periodicals; part 2: Italian-American periodicals; part 3: Finnish-American [p.428] periodicals, Baltic-American periodicals, West Slavic-American periodicals, East Slavic-American periodicals.

Wepsiec, Jan. Polish American Serial Publications, 1842–1966; An Annotated Bibliography. Chicago: 1968.

Wynar, Lubomyr R., and Anna T. Wynar. Encyclopedic Directory of Ethnic Newspapers and Periodicals in the United States. 2nd ed. Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1976. Lists “current” publications.

Zeps, Valdis J. Lettica in Microform; a Subject Guide. Madison, Wis.: Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, 1982.

Religious Newspapers

Allbaugh, Gaylord P. History and Annotated Bibliography of American Religious Periodicals and Newspapers Established From 1730 Through 1830. 2 vols. Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1994.

Ames, Charlotte. Directory of Roman Catholic Newspapers on Microfilm—United States. Notre Dame, Ind.: Memorial Library, University of Notre Dame, 1982.

Batsel, John D., and Lyda K. Batsel. Union List of United Methodist Serials, 1773–1973. Evanston, Ill.: Garrett Theological Seminary, 1974. Prepared in cooperation with the Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Librarians’ Fellowship and Garrett Theological Seminary.


Flake, Chad S. A Mormon Bibliography, 1830–1930. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1978. Ten Year Supplement. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1989. Indexes to Mormon Bibliography and Ten Year Supplement. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1992.

Microfilm Catalog of Baptist Historical Materials. Nashville: Historical Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, 1984. Supplement published in 1989.

Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion. American Jewish Periodical Center. Jewish Newspapers and Periodicals on Microfilm, Available at the American Jewish Periodical Center. Cincinnati: the center, 1984.

Norton, Wesley. Religious Newspapers in the Old Northwest to 1861: A History, Bibliography, and Record of Opinion. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1977.

Spencer, Claude E. Periodicals of the Disciples of Christ and Related Religious Groups. Canton, Mo.: Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1943.

Stroupe, Henry S. The Religious Press in the South Atlantic States, 1802–1865. Durham, N. C.: Duke University Press, 1956.

Willging, Eugene P., and Herta Hatzfeld. Catholic Serials of the 19th Century in the United States; a Descriptive Bibliography and Union List. 1st series, 2 vols. 2nd series, 15 vols. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1959–68. The 1st series, which covered those states with a smaller publication history, first appeared in the Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, September 1954–December 1963.

Specialty Papers

Dornbusch, Charles E. Stars and Stripes: Check List of the Several Editions. New York: New York Public Library, 1948. “Reprinted From the Bulletin of the New York Public Library of July 1948.” Supplement, New York: New York Public Library, 1949. “Reprinted From the Bulletin of the New York Public Library of July 1949.”

Labor Papers on Microfilm: A Combined List. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1965.

Lutz, Earle. “Soldier Newspapers of the Civil War.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 46 (1952): 373–86.

Rudeen, Marlys. The Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Papers: A Guide. Chicago: Center for Research Libraries, 1991.

The Walter S. and Esther Dougherty Collection of Military Newspapers: A Guide to the Microfilm Edition. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microforms International, 1993. Labor Newspapers

Conlin, Joseph R., ed. The American Radical Press, 1880-1960, 2 vols. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1974.

Hoerder, Dirk. The Immigrant Labor Press in North America, 1840s-1970s. 3 vols. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.

Naas, Bernard G. and Carmelita J. Sakr. American Labor Union Periodicals: A Guide to Their Location. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University, 1956.

Pizzigati, Sam and Fred J. Solowey eds. The New Labor Press: Journalism for a Changing Union Movement. Ithaca, New York: ILR Press, 1992.

Reynolds, Lloyd George and Charles C. Killingsworth. Trade Union Publications: The Official Journals, Convention Proceedings, and Constitutions of International Unions and Federations, 1850-1941. 3 vols. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1944-45.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Labor Papers on Microfilm: A Combined List. Madison, Wisconsin: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1965.

The American Labor Press: An Annotated Directory. Washington, DC: American Council on Public Affairs, 1940



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