Local History Research Guide

Newspapers, Historical

Step 1:
Use one of the guides below to locate newspapers for the area and time period you are looking for.

History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820. Worcester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 1947. [Gen Ref: PN 4855 .B75].

American Newspaper Publishers, 1950-1990. Detroit: Gale, 1993. [Gen Ref: AP 2 .X1 A42x].

American Newspapers, 1821-1936: A Union List of Files Available in the United States and Canada. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1967. [Gen Ref: PN 4855 .X1 A498 1967].

British Newspapers and Periodicals, 1641-1700: A Short-tile Catalogue of Serials Printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, and British America: With a Checklist of Serials Printed 1701-March 1702 and Chronological, Geographical, Foreign Language, Subject, Publishers, and Editors Indexes, 1641-1702. [Gen Ref: PN 5124 .P4 X55].

British Union Catalogue of Periodicals. London: Butterworths, 1964-1980. [Gen Ref: Z6945 .B874].

Chronological Tables of American Newspapers, 1690-1820; Being a Tabular Guide to Holdings of Newspapers Published in America Through the Year 1820. Worchester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1820. [Gen Ref: Z6951 .L3].

Local History Research
Strategy Steps:

Guide Introduction
Choose a Topic
Find Background Information
Narrow Your Topic and Form a Research Question
Find Research Materials
Evaluate and Cite Sources
Formulate a Thesis Statement
Write the Paper

Ethnic Periodicals in Contemporary America: An Annotated Guide. New York: Greenwood, 1990. [Soc Sci Ref: PN 4882 .X1 I74].

Ethnic Press in the United States: A Historical Analysis and Handbook. New York: Greenwood, 1987. [Soc Sci Ref: PN 4882 .E84 1987].

Foreign Newspapers Held by the Center for Research Libraries. [Gen Ref: Z 6945 .C43x 1992].

Guide to American Ethnic Press: Slavic and East European Newspapers and Periodicals. Kent, Ohio: Center for the Study of Ethnic Publications, 1986. [Stacks: Z 6953.5 .S62 W96 1986].

Guide to Utah Newspapers at the Lee Library. Provo, UT: Lee Library, 1990. [Soc Sci Ref Desk].

Guide to Other Newspapers on Microfilm and Microfiche in the BYU Library. [Soc Sci Ref Desk]. Titles listed alphabetically and by location;.

Guide to Newspapers Located at the Utah State Historical Society. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1985. [Americana Quarto: AC 901 .A1a no. 1907].

Newspaper Press Directory and Advertisers’ Guide [Punch]. London: Benn, 1846-1963. [Gen Ref: Z 6956 .E5 N6].

Newspapers in Microform: United States. Washington: Library of Congress. Lists newspapers (US and foreign) microfilmed between 1948 and 1983. [Stacks: PN 4731 .U54x].

Standard Periodical Directory. [Gen Ref: PN 4877 .X1 S7]. Check newspapers section.

United States Newspaper Program National Union List. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC., 1993. [Gen Ref: Z 6945 .U5x 1993].

United States Newspaper Program. The United States Newspaper Program is a cooperative national effort among the states and the federal government to locate, catalog, and preserve on microfilm newspapers published in the United States from the eighteenth century to the present.

Willing’s Press Guide. London: Willing’s Press Service, 1874-. [Gen Ref: Z 6956 .E5 W5].

Willing’s European Press Guide. London: Hutchison Willing, 1966-. [Stacks: Z 6955 .W5].

Step 2:
Check the Lee
Library Catalog to see if we have a holding for your newspaper title. Do a Browse Search, making sure you select “Periodical Title.”

Library Catalog

Step 3:
If the Lee Library does not have the newspaper you need, try ordering it on Interlibrary Loan. The following may be useful in this regard:

Newspapers in Microform: United States, 1948-1983. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1984. [Gen Ref: PN 4731 .U54].

For national coverage of an event try the following:

New York Times Online, 1851-Present. Select “PQ Hist. News. NY Times” from ProQuest Collections.

New York Times, 1857-. [Microforms: N48].

New York Times Index. New York: New Times Company, 1851-. [Gen Ref: AI 21 .N45].

For international coverage of an event try the following:

London Times, 1785-. [Microforms: T4842].

Palmer’s Index to the Times London, 1790-1941. [Gen Ref: AI 21 T456].

Official Index to the London Times, 1906-. [Gen Ref: AI 21 .T46].

Other helpfuls resources:

Newspaper Indexes: A Location and Subject Guide for Researchers. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow, 1977-1983. 3v. [Gen Ref: AI 3 .X1].

Newspapers, a Reference Guide. New York: Greenwood, 1987. [Hum Ref: PN 4855 .X1 S35 1987].

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