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History & Political Science: Historic Newspapers

Library resources for the study of history and political science

Collections and Gateways

American Popular Entertainment Collection: Entertainment industry-related newspapers from 1853-1929 from the University of Illinois. 

Boston Public Library Newspaper Databases: Historical and international online newspaper databases that can be accessed by registering for a BPL eCard account.

  • Boston Public Library eCard: Register online here. Available to residents of Massachusetts or any student or employee of an educational institution. Provides immediate access to BPL electronic resources.

Bowling Green State University: This libguide from BGSU contains links to a variety of historical newspapers.

Chronicling America: Search newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about newspapers published between 1690-present. From the Library of Congress.

Google Magazines: An alphabetical listing of thousands of English-language magazines from Google. Note: Click the cover to see all available issues for each title. 

Google Newspapers: An alphabetical listing of thousands of freely-available digitized newspapers from Google. 

Historical Newspapers by State - U.S.: Resource Guide from the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.

NewspaperCat: Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers (NewspaperCat) is a search engine for online digitized historical newspaper content from newspapers published in the United States and the Caribbean. From the University of Florida.

Wikipedia list of newspaper archives An ever-changing list of newspaper archives from around the world.

Popular magazines by title from Google Books

African American

Black Enterprise, 1970-2000

Black World/Negro Digest, 1961-1976

Ebony, 1959-2008

Ebony Jr., 1973-1985

Jet, 1951-2008

U.S. Black Engineer and IT, 1980-2012

Women of Color, 2001-2012

Culture and Politics

Elections Today, 1990-2004

Life, 1936-1972

Mother Jones, 1976-2000

New York, 1968-1995

Spy, 1986-1997

Texas Monthly, 1973-1992


The Advocate, 1994-2006

Out, 1999-2006


Billboard, 1942-2010

CMJ Music Monthly, 1995-2008

Jazz Times, 1994-2001

Spin, 1985-2012