Subject/Era Based Digital Collections

Colonial-era  --  Civil War-era/Abolitionist --  Vietnam War-era --  Agriculture  --  Alternative/Underground -- Campaign  --  College/Student  --  Communism  --  Entertainment  --  LGBT  --  Military  --   Women


Accessible Archives includes:​

  • The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800)
  • South Carolina Newspapers (1732-1780)
  • The Virginia Gazette (1738-1780)
More about Accessible Archives content.

Birth of America: the year in review, 1763-1783; a chronological guide and index to the contemporary colonial press.
LOCATION: Widener: RR 3621. 13

Debating the issues in colonial newspapers: primary documents on events of the period.
LOCATION: Widener: WID-LC E187.C78 2000

Index of references to American women in colonial newspapers through 1800. Covers only the New Hampshire Gazette, 1756-1770 (v. 1) and 1771-1785 (v. 2).
LOCATION: Widener: WID-LC CS61.Z99 E92 x Library has: v. 1-2

The performing arts in colonial American newspapers, 1690 -1783, text database and index
LOCATION: Theatre Collection: TS CDRom 9 Library has: CD ROM + User's guide

Civil War-era & Anti-Slavery

Civil War: a newspaper perspective (Accessible Archives) includes full text of over 11,000 articles (including over 700 graphic images), Nov. 1, 1860 - Apr. 30, 1865. Drawn from the New York herald, the Charleston mercury, and the Richmond enquirer. Also on CD-ROM.
LOCATION: Documents (Lamont): CD-ROM Doc E468.C578 1994x

Civil War newspaper maps: a cartobibliography of the Northern daily press.
LOCATION: Map Coll (Pusey): MAP-LC GA405.5.Z99 B67 1993x

Illustrated Civil War newspapers and magazines. Full text. Includes campaign newspapers.

ProQuest Civil War Era (1840-1865) includes complete runs of: Richmond Dispatch, Charleston Mercury, New Orleans Times Picayune, Boston Herald, New York Herald, Columbus State Journal (Ohio), The Kentucky Daily Journal, and Memphis Daily Appeal.

Accessible Archives includes:

  • The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective
  • The Civil War: A Midwestern Perspective
  • The Liberator (1831-1865)
  • National Anti-Slavery Standard (1840-1870)
  • The Pennsylvania Newspaper Record (1830-1871)
More about Accessible Archives content.

Antislavery newspapers and periodicals. 5 vols. Indexes about 40,000 published letters. Correspondence sections comprised around one fifth of the contents of anti-slavery periodicals. Letters listed in chronological order under each periodical, with brief summaries. Index of correspondents.

  • Vol. I: 1817-1845
    • Philanthropists
    • Emancipator
    • Genius of Universal Emancipation
    • Abolition Intelligencer
    • African Observer
    • Liberator
  • Volume II: 1835-1865
    • Liberator
    • Anti-Slavery Record
    • Human Rights
    • Observer
  • Volume III: 1836-1854
    • Friend of Man
    • Pennsylvania Freeman
    • Advocate of Freedom
    • American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Reporter
  • Volume IV: 1840-1860 and Volume V: 1861-1871
    • National Anti-Slavery Standard

Slavery and Anti-slavery: A Transnational Archive includes many abolitionist newspapers.

Vietnam War-era

War in Vietnam: A Multimedia Chronicle. From CBS News and New York Times.
LOCATION: Documents (Lamont): CD-ROM DS558.W37 1995x
LOCATION: Widener: Harvard Depository


Farm, Field & Fireside: Agricultural Newspaper Collection (1856-1981)


Alt-Press Watch (1995- ) is a full text database of the newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press.

Independent Voices provides over 1,000 titles of the independent alternative press of the 60s-80s. Many papers are still only available at Harvard via microfilm collections.

Rock and roll, counterculture, peace and protest (1950-1975).  Choose Document Type: Underground Press to see titles.

The Sixties :primary documents and personal narratives 1960-1974


Illustrated Civil War newspapers and magazines. Full text. Includes campaign newspapers for 1860, 1864.


Collegiate Chronicle aggregates US student newspapers.

To search for articles in the Harvard Crimson Online Archives (1873- ), go to Google Advanced Search.  Put your terms (you may include a year) in the appropriate search box, and put  - - in the Site or Domain box.


Proquest historical newspapers. Communist historical newspaper collection  -- People's weekly world (1990-2013) -- Sunday worker (1936-1958) -- The toiler (1919-1922) -- The worker (1922-1924) -- The worker (1958-1968).


American Popular Entertainment collection (1853-1929) (Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections) contains newspapers and trade journals published for the entertainment industry. Titles Currently Available:

New York Clipper 7 May 1853 - 12 July 1924 (3605 issues)
Player 8 December 1911 - 21 November 1913 (102 issues)
Vaudeville News 16 April 1920 - 8 June 1929 (286 issues)


Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 includes Lesbian Herstory Archives and other newspapers

Bay Area Reporter Complete Archives 1971-2005 (San Francisco)

LGBT Life with Full Text includes newspapers.

"News on the Margins: Surfacing Marginalized Voices in the Newspaper Collections of Libraries, Archives, and Museums" Appendix E: Open Digital and Digitized Newspapers offers lists of open access LGBT newspapers


America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers (Accessible Archives)

Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918 to 1919

Stars and Stripes Publication History

Several editions are available via Access Newspaper Archive (European ed. and Pacific ed. 1948-1999; several for the WWII era).  To search an individual edition, you must specify country, state, city of publication at the bottom of the Advanced Search page.  Find this information here: At bottom: Browse available papers. Select desired paper. Resulting page gives Country State and City needed to limit search to Stars and Stripes.


Women’s Suffrage Collection (Accessible Archives), 1849-1913