HIST 101: The American West since 1845

California & Historic Newspapers

Please Note: A librarian at Bowling Green University has compiled a guide that, according to her, lists all publicly accessible digitized historical newspapers. This is new, so I haven't had a chance to explore it, but it looks like it might be very useful for some of you.

In News/Micro you will find microfilm of many California newspapers. Few of them are indexed so you should prepare before your visit a list of dates of issues that you want to look at.

The San Francisco Chronicle is available full text online only up to 1922. Indexes for other years are available in News/Micro:
 
1913-1949 San Francisco Newspapers Index (Also see Microfiche 10904 Guide) MICROFICHE 10904 NEWS/MICRO
1950-1980 San Francisco Newspapers Index MICROFICHE 10503 NEWS/MICRO
July 1970-Sept 1975 California News Index AJ3.C16 NEWS/MICRO
1976- present San Francisco Chronicle Index AJ21. S25. N4 NEWS/MICRO

To find other newspapers, search for them by title in OskiCat. See: Searching newspaper titles in OskiCat:  The Movie!  (40 seconds)

  • California Digital Newspaper Collection
    Offers over 200,000 pages of California newspapers spanning the years 1849-1911: the Alta California, 1849-1891; the San Francisco Call, 1893-1910; the Amador Ledger, 1900-1911; the Imperial Valley Press, 1901-1911; the Sacramento Record-Union, 1859-1890; and the Los Angeles Herald, 1905-1907. Additional years are forthcoming, as are other early California newspapers: the Californian; the California Star; the California Star and Californian; the Sacramento Transcript; the Placer Times; and the Pacific Rural Press.
  • Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
    Includes Chicago Defender (1910-1975). Chicago Tribune (1849-1988). Los Angeles Times (1881-1988). San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922). New York Times (1851-1994) with Index (1851-1993). Wall Street Journal (1889-1994). Washington Post (1877-1995).
  • Access World News
    Limit your search to California newspapers by selecting the state from the list of locations. Another option is to choose a specific publication from the Source List tab. The source list also shows the years of coverage for each publication.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Limit your search to California newspapers by choosing the News option on the left of the screen, then choose All News. FUnder "Select Source" choose US Newspapers & Wires. Under "Article Location" choose US State and limit to California. When your results are displayed, there is an option on the left to see results only from Newspapers and from specific California news publications.
  • Ethnic News Watch
    Fewer publications are indexed in this resource than in the others listed here, but coverage goes back further, in some cases to the mid-1960s. The advance search allows you to limit by location of interest.
  • New American Media
    A national collaboration and advocate of 2000 ethnic news organizations. Includes news coverage from ethnic news outlets throughout the country. Scroll down the page until you find the link to Archives on the left.
  • Chronicling America
    This site allows users to search and view newspaper pages from 1880-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. To date, over 200,000 pages of California newspapers have been digitized. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
  • 19th Century U.S. Newspapers
    Images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.
Last Update: January 26, 2014 19:42