Connecticut Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Connecticut has a sizable state repository for searching older historical newspapers, and currently they use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as another site for searching old newspapers, although there are a few newspapers available on that site. There are quite a few free online newspapers on other sites and 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 2,000 newspapers that have been published in the Constitution State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Connecticut 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 – Connecticut

Google News Archive

Newspapers of Connecticut 1821-1929

County and Library Collections:

Fairfield County
Weston Library

  • Weston Forum
  • The Weston Forum
  • Westport News

Hartford County
The Farmington Libraries

  • Farmington Daily Herald
  • Farmington Valley Herald
  • Farmington Valley Herald And Journal

Windsor Locks Historical Society Digital Archive

  • Windsor Locks Journal

Litchfield County
Scoville Memorial Library

  • Lakeville Journal
  • Millerton News
  • Winsted Journal
  • Connecticut News
  • Connecticut Western News
  • Sharon News
  • The Lakeville Journal

Thomaston Public Library

  • Thomaston Express 
  • Express 
  • Thomaston Express And Terryville Eagle 
  • Connecticut Western 

Middlesex County
East Hampton Public Library 

  • East Hampton News
  • Oracle

New Haven County
Ansonia Historical Commission

  • Evening Sentinel
  • Ansonia Evening Sentinel
  • The Evening Sentinel

James Blackstone Memorial Library 

  • Branford Review 
  • Branford Scrapbooks – New Haven Evening Register
  • Branford Scrapbooks – New Haven Journal Courier 
  • Branford Review And East Haven News
  • Branford Opinion 
  • Branford Opinion And Guilford Echo
  • New Haven Journal and Courier
  • Branford Gleaner 
  • Suburban Spokesman 
  • Branford Semi-Weekly Record 
  • Branford News
  • The Branford Record 
  • East Haven News
  • Guilford Echo

North Haven Public Library 

  • Post 
  • North Haven Post
  • The North Haven Post
  • North Haven Citizen

New London County

Stonington Historical Society

  • Mirror-Journal
  • Mystic Journal
  • Mystic News
  • Stonington Mirror
  • Stonington Mirror and Mystic Journal
  • The Mystic Journal
  • The Mystic Standard
  • The Mystic Standard and Stonington Review
  • The Mystic Times
  • The New London Chronicle
  • The People
  • The Stonington Mirror

Southington Library Historic Newspapers (1859-2009) 

  • Southington Observer
  • Southington Phoenix
  • Southington News
  • Canal Line Times
  • Cheshire Courier
  • Southington Mirror
  • Southington Press
  • Southington Reporter
  • Connecticut journal
  • Southington Sentinel
  • The Southington Citizen

West Hartford Library Newspapers

  • West Hartford News
  • West Hartford Metropolitan News
  • Metropolitan News
  • Metropolitan Shopping News
  • West Hartford LIFE

Student Collections:

Amity Regional High School – Woodbridge

Berlin High School – Berlin

Central Connecticut State University – New Britain

Charter Oak State College – New Britain

Connecticut College – New London

Fairfield University – Fairfield

Glastonbury High School – Glastonbury

Mitchell College – New London

Northwest Catholic High School – West Hartford

Post University – Waterbury

Quinnipiac University – Hamden

Sacred Heart University – Fairfield

Sacred Heart University – Fairfield

Southern Connecticut State University – New Haven

Staples High School – Westport

State Normal School at New Haven

Trinity College – Hartford

University of Bridgeport – Bridgeport

University of Connecticut – Storrs

University of Hartford – Hartford

University of New Haven – West Haven

University of St. Joseph – West Hartford

Wesleyan University – Middletown

Western Connecticut State University – Danbury

Yale University – New Haven

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Manchester Historical Society

  • Manchester Evening Herald

Shelton Library System newspaper clipping scrapbooks

Watertown Historical Society Collection

  • The Post – 12-03-1881
  • The Post Boy – 1887
  • Watertown Journal – 1888-1891
  • The Sunday Republican – 09-15-1918
  • Watertown News – 1913-1929
  • Watertown Argus – 1-22-1937
  • Town Times – 1947-2000

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • Living Hand

Old Fulton New York Postcards

  • Bridgeport CT Connecticut Workman (1901)
  • Bridgeport CT Evening Farmer (1909-1917)
  • Bridgeport CT La Sentinella (1920-1930)
  • Bridgeport CT La Tribuna (1906-1908)
  • Canaan CT Western News (1884-1922)
  • Fairfield CT Record (1894-1899 )
  • Hartford CT Bulletin (1949)
  • Hartford CT Chronicle (1946-1948)
  • Hartford CT Connecticut Courant (1788-1820)
  • Hartford CT Connecticut Craftsman (1932)
  • Hartford CT Examiner (1881-1888)
  • Hartford CT Labor Standard (1894-1922)
  • Hartford CT Weekly Examiner (1890-91,1894,1901)
  • New Britan CT Herald (1920)
  • New Haven CT Connecticut Labor Press (1918-1920)
  • New Haven CT Indipendente (1906,1916-17,1922,1936)
  • New Haven CT Labor News (1922-1923)
  • New Haven CT Labor Press (1921-1925)
  • New Haven CT Morning and Courier (1880-1908)
  • New Haven CN Morning Journal and Courier (1880-1889)
  • New Haven CT Workmens Advocate ()
  • Newtown CT Bee (1907-1909)
  • Norwich CT American Mechanic (1849)
  • Norwich CT Bulletin (1910-1922)
  • Norwich CT Liberty Bell (1867)
  • Norwich CT Mechanics Operatives Laborers Advocate (1836-1837)
  • Norwitch CT Bulletin (1910-1922)
  • Ridgefield CT Citizen ()
  • Salisbury CT Western News (1883)
  • Southport CT Chronicle ( 1867-1903 )
  • Southport CT Fairfield Advertiser (1884-1890 )
  • Southport CT Pequot Record (1890)
  • Southport CT Times (1879-1881 )
  • Stafford CT News Letter (1865)
  • Stafford CT News Letter 1865 (1865)
  • Stafford Springs CT Press (1883-1922)
  • Stafford Springs CT Tolland County Press (1883)
  • Stamford CT American (1906)
  • Waterbury CT Evening Democrat (1877-1908)
  • Wilton CT. Bulletin (1937 -2003 

Small Town Papers

The Olden Times – Connecticut

Newspaper Abstracts – Connecticut

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

Other Free Sites:

Bethany

Bridgeport

Hartford

New London

Norwich

Waterbury

Wilton

Windsor

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

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

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 291 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Connecticut Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 109 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Connecticut

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 19 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Connecticut

And Finally:

You also need to visit the Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project 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 Connecticut 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. Thanks! Is there a way to search all at one time, or do you have to go to each link separately?

    1. Websites change their urls all the time. Apparently, the state did for this site. I will research and fix. Thanks for letting me know.

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