Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers Summary

​Arkansas is one of the states that does not have a single central online state repository for searching historical newspapers. Several states use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main central online site for searching old newspapers and currently Arkansas has been adding quite a few newspapers on that site. There are several free online newspapers available on other sites and there are collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them.

There are almost 2,000 newspapers that have been published in the Natural State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Arkansas ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives. 

Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time – so if there is a dead link – please use your favorite search engine to find their new location. 

(Updated May 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Arkansas

Google News Archive

Index Arkansas

  • Arkansas Gazette
  • Arkansas Democrat
  • Arkansas Traveler
  • Northwest Arkansas Times
  • Grapevine

Online Arkansas Newspapers – some have archives, some do not

County and Library Collections:

Sebastian County
Fort Smith Public Library

  • Arkansas Developer
  • Belle Grove School Journal
  • Daily News Record
  • Daily Southwest American
  • Evening Call
  • Fort Smith Bulletin
  • Fort Smith Daily Herald
  • Fort Smith Daily Time and Herald
  • Fort Smith Elevator
  • Fort Smith Enterprise
  • Fort Smith Herald
  • Fort Smith Herald and New Elevator
  • Fort Smith New Era
  • Fort Smith News Record
  • Fort Smith Southwest American
  • Fort Smith Standard
  • Fort Smith Times Record
  • Fort Smith Tri Weekly Bulletin
  • Fort Smith Tri Weekly Herald
  • Fort Smith Weekly Herald
  • Fort Smith Weekly New Era
  • News Record
  • Ouachita Conference Journal
  • South West Independent
  • Southwest American
  • Southwest Times Record
  • Sun
  • Thirty Fifth Parallel
  • Times Record
  • Tri Weekly Fort Smith Herald
  • War Times
  • Weekly New Era
  • Western Independent
  • Wheelers Daily Independent
  • Wheelers Independent
  • Wheelers Western Independent

Gentry Courier Journal Archives

Student Collections:

Arkansas Baptist College – Little Rock

Arkansas State University – Jonesboro

Arkansas Tech University – Russellville

Bentonville High School – Bentonville

Black River Technical College – Pocahontas

Central Baptist College – Conway

Commonwealth College – Mena

Harding University – Searcy

Henderson State University – Arkadelphia

Hendrix College – Conway

John Brown University – Siloam

Little Rock Central High School – Little Rock

Lyon College – Batesville

Northwest Arkansas Community College – Bentonville

Ouachita Baptist University – Arkadelphia

Philander Smith College – Little Rock

Southern Arkansas University – Magnolia

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

University of Arkansas – Little Rock

University of Central Arkansas – Conway

University of the Ozarks – Clarksville

Williams Baptist University – Walnut Ridge

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942​

Southern School News Archive 

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton Postcards

The Olden Times – Arkansas

Newspaper Abstracts – Arkansas

For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page.​​

Other Free Sites:

Denson

Fayetteville

Fort Chaffee

Little Rock

McGehee

Rohwer

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 14 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Arkansas Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 217 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Arkansas

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 57 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archives – Arkansas

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 180 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Arkansas 

And Finally:

You also need to visit the Arkansas History Commission or University of Arkansas Library Newspaper Search sites, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to newspaper projects. They also have nice searchable databases for microfilm based collections throughout the state.

Please note – even more may be available via a local library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For more links for different states, provinces, and countries – please see the Newspaper Links page on this website.

For other Free Arkansas Links, click on the category of interest:​​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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8 Comments

  1. E O Elley Short in Sebastian Co., Ark with wife Minnine & daughters in 1910 Census. I was told he was a telegraph operator for a mine and died July 1914 probably mine union fights associated. I haven’t found his obituary. E O was born 1882. There is a Henry Short on the mine memorial. [ E O’s dad was William Henry Short b 1869 in 7 Itawamba, MS. & went to Van Zandt Co, TX … E O was oldest.]
    Ark vital records didn’t find him listed. Thanks for any help. Joy B

  2. Under Arkansas Online Historical Newspapers Summary and the section “Online Arkansas Newspapers – some have archives, some do not”, the link for the Gurdon Times (Gurdon) is incorrect.

  3. Wish someone would digitize the De Valls Bluff Democrat from De Valls Bluff, Prairie, AR.

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