Wonderfully detailed information, both primary and secondary, on local history topics like Crime in Boston, Baseball, Boston Disasters, Transit History, Boston's Great Fires, Boston's LGBTQ History, Filene's Department Store archives, Anti-Slavery and more.
A compendium of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. Digital Commonwealth currently has over 88 member institutions from across the state.
This site provides access to thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings that have been digitized by member institutions so that they may be available to researchers, students, and the general public.
A full-text collection of major U.S. dailies, and thus a way to find out more about individuals and incidents which were newsworthy at the time. Among the more than 30 papers you can search via this database are the Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, New York Times, Washington Post, and some ethnic and African American titiles.
Bills itself as the largest online newspaper archive consisting of 158 million+ pages of historical newspapers from 15,500+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond
Produced by the Dow Jones company, this database covers local, regional, national, international and some broadcast news. It's the place to search for relatively recent issues of the Boston Globe and Boston Herald, for example. A couple of notes:
1) results will display in reverse chronological order so resort by relevance, if that helps you target good information more quickly;
2) the system default is to search the most recent 3 months, so change the date range if you need to before you execute a search.
A current, interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish), and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press.
A collaboration between the Boston Public Library, Cambridge Community television, Northeast Historic Film and WGBH Educational Foundation aims to bring to life local news stories produced in and about Boston from the early 1960’s to 2000.
Since 1968, Vanderbilt has recorded the major news networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and, since the advent of cable, CNN and Fox News). Clips, when not available online, are described and sometimes transcribed, but they also be ordered via Interlibrary Loan.