Colorado Online Historical Newspapers Summary

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Colorado is one of the states that does have a single central online state repository for searching historical newspapers and it is quite good. Several states use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main central online site for searching old newspapers and currently Colorado has a few newspapers available 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 over 2,600 newspapers that have been published in the Centennial State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Colorado 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 December, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Colorado

Google News Archive

Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection 

County and Library Collections:

San Juan County Historical Society

  • Animas Forks Pioneer
  • Daily Standard
  • Democrat Herald
  • La Plata Miner
  • Red Mountain Pilot
  • Red Mountain Review
  • San Juan
  • San Juan Democrat
  • San Juan Herald
  • San Juan Mountain Register
  • Silverton Democrat
  • Silverton Democrat Herald
  • Silverton Miner
  • Silverton Standard
  • Silverton Weekly Miner

Student Collections:

Adams State University – Alamosa

Air Force Academy – Colorado Springs

Cathedral High School – Denver

Colorado Christian University – Lakewood

Colorado College – Colorado Springs

Colorado Mesa University – Grand Junction

Colorado School of Mines – Golden

Colorado State University – Fort Collins

Colorado State University – Pueblo

Fort Lewis College – Durango

Front Range Community College – Westminster

Metro State University – Denver

Mt. Carmel High School – Denver

Nazarene Bible College – Colorado Springs

Regis University – Denver

Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design – Denver

St. Joseph High School – Denver

University of Colorado – Boulder

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

University of Colorado – Denver

University of Denver – Denver

University of Northern Colorado – Greeley

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Estes Park Newspapers

  • 1887 Loveland Reporter 
  • 1908 Mountaineer
  • 1912-1914 Estes Park Trail
  • 1915 Estes Park Alikasai
  • 1920 Trail Talk
  • 1921-1925  Estes Park Trail

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • Big Mama Rag
  • Blue Screw
  • Bombay Gin
  • Freedom For Lt. Howe Newsletter
  • Getting Together
  • La Voz Hispana de Colorado
  • La Voz Nueva
  • NARF Legal Review

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942​

Small Town Papers

Pikes Peak NewsFinder

The Olden Times – Colorado

Newspaper Abstracts – Colorado

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

Other Free Sites:

Colorado Springs

Denver

Granada

Pueblo

Yuma

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 24 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Colorado Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 263 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Colorado Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 55 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Colorado

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 25 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Colorado

And Finally:

You also need to visit the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection site from time to time, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to online newspaper availability. 

Please note – even more may be available via a local or state 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 Colorado Links, click on the category of interest:​

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2 Comments

  1. It’s an amazingly difficult process to find 19th century Colorado newspaper archives online. There seem to be scattered copies of a few papers but I’m still having trouble just finding out which Colorado papers were being published in my target year (1893) and which papers were the most prominent in the state.
    I’m kind of surprised Colorado doesn’t have a better archive than this. New York’s archive is magnificent in comparison and even Chicago’s is better. Colorado needs to get its act together.

    1. Hi Mara-
      I just stumbled upon your comment on theAncestorHunt.com site regarding your difficulty finding titles in Colorado newspapers for 1893. I am sorry that you have been having this difficulty. In late 2015 the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) migrated our collection to a new platform and have since added more than 1 million additional pages of historic Colorado content. There is greater searching capability on this new platform, and many more ways to interact with the great historic news available. I did a quick search for your target year and have found many newspaper titles that published in 1893. Here is a quick list of what I found.
      Colorado Daily Chieftain
      Herald Democrat
      Aspen Daily Chronicle
      Aspen Daily Times
      Leadville Daily/Evening Chronicle
      Avalanche, The
      Boulder Daily Camera
      Aspen Weekly Times
      Avalanche – Echo
      Greeley Tribune
      Bessemer Indicator
      Fort Morgan Times
      Colorado Transcript
      Pagosa Springs News
      Silver Cliff Rustler
      Fort Collins Courier
      Salida Mail
      Fairplay Flume
      Silver Standard
      Silverton Standard
      Mancos Times
      Rocky Mountain Sun
      Idaho Springs News
      Loveland Leader
      Castle Rock Journal
      Colorado Democrat
      Lamar Register
      Buena Vista Herald
      New Castle News
      Meeker Herald
      Saguache Crescent
      Queen Bee
      Walsenburg World
      Colorado Miner (Weekly)
      Candle (Creede)
      Pantagraph
      Svensk-Amerikanska Western
      Silver and Gold – University of Co…
      Rocky Ford Enterprise
      Marble City Times
      Fulford Signal
      Delta Independent
      Colorado Collegian – Colorado Coll…
      Rocky Mountain Collegian – CSU For…
      Hesperus – University of Denver
      Summit County Journal
      Littleton Independent
      Aspen Daily Leader
      I hope that you have had the opportunity to use our new(ish) site and that you are having more success with your searches and research. If you need help finding things – or want to know more information about the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection and how we grow our service – we would love to hear from you. https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/forum/forums/

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