Historical newspapers providing a unique view into more than 400 years of history

Gale Historical Newspapers supports in-depth scholarly research as a fully cross-searchable and cross-browseable portfolio of global historical newspapers and periodicals, providing access to more than 2,000 titles — from a single interface. 

19th Century U.S. Newspapers

As compelling as it is comprehensive, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers provides access to primary source newspaper content from the nineteenth century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the United States. The collection encompasses the entire nineteenth century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African American culture and history, westward migration, and Antebellum-era life, among other subjects.

Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society

Amateur Newspapers from the American Antiquarian Society is an extensive collection of amateur publications that were written, edited, and published primarily by young people, aged 12-20, during the second half of the 19th century, this one-of-a-kind archive features tens of thousands of issues, and includes editorials, original short fiction, essays, poetry, and more. It provides an abundance of resources for researchers looking to make connections with the era, and provides compelling insights into the ways teens and young adults viewed their hometowns, their country, and the world around them in the 19th century.

American Historical Periodicals from the American Antiquarian Society

This archive contains over 195 titles, starting in the Colonial era, moving through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and into the twentieth century. While the major issues are covered, the periodicals included go beyond politics, economics and general history. Alongside titles dedicated to arts and literature, there is coverage ranging from entertainment to agriculture, building a comprehensive and expansive record of the era.

Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003

When first launched in 1842, the Illustrated London News marked a revolution in journalism and news reporting. It provided an unprecedented visual tour of the triumphs, tragedies, daily life, and monumental events of the world and the modern British Empire. The Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003 is an invaluable asset to students and researchers of subjects including social history, fashion, drama, media, literature, advertising, graphic design, and politics, as well as the general public, particularly those interested in genealogy.

The Independent Digital Archive 1986-2016

The Independent Digital Archive, 1986-2012 covers the full run of the newspaper from its very first issue until 2016. Through an intuitive interface and multiple search paths, users can search, retrieve, and browse every article, page, and edition of the newspaper, gaining insight into this crucial period of twentieth- and twenty-first-century culture and society and how the media represented it.

International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013

An online, fully searchable facsimile, the International Herald Tribune Historical Archive 1887-2013 delivers the full run of this internationally focused daily paper, from its first issue through to 2013. Articles, advertisements, and market listings are included—shown both individually and in the context of the full page and issue of the day.

Liberty Magazine Historical Archive 1924-1950

Liberty, a weekly illustrated magazine, charted the course of middle America from 1924 to 1950 with art, stories, and feature articles from some of the twentieth century's greatest authors, celebrities, artists, and politicians. This digital archive features the complete run of the magazine, including more than 17,000 stories and articles ranging from mystery and suspense to autobiography and humor, revealing the attitudes, lifestyles, fads, and desires of America in the first half of the twentieth century.

The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991

During the peak of the radio age, the BBC set a global standard in reporting and commentary. The network published transcripts of its broadcasts in an innovative weekly called the Listener. This magazine expanded upon the intellectual coverage of the week and offered original content that shed light on timely political and cultural issues. This collection provides rare access to the content of many early broadcasts and the BBC's perspective on the twentieth century.

Picture Post Historical Archive 1938-1957

The Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957 consists of the complete, fully searchable facsimile archive of the Picture Post, the iconic newspaper published in Britain from 1938 to 1957 that defined the style of photojournalism in the twentieth century. Picture Post Historical Archive provides students and researchers with online access to a unique visual record of the 1930s to 1950s, from the humorous and lighthearted snapshots of daily life to the serious and history-defining moments of domestic and international affairs.

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