Louisiana Online Historical Newspapers Summary

 

Louisiana has a growing set of free statewide online collections for searching historical newspapers. Many states use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main central online site for searching old newspapers and currently, Louisiana has quite a few newspapers available on that site. There are 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 Pelican State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Louisiana 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 – Louisiana 

Google News Archive

Parish and Library Collections:

Acadia Parish
Acadia Parish Library 

  • Acadia Sentinel 
  • Acadian-Signal 
  • Church Point Democrat 
  • Church Point News 
  • Crowley Daily Signal 
  • Crowley Post Herald 
  • Crowley Post Signal 
  • Crowley Signal 
  • Daily Signal 
  • First Sunday Rayne Acadian Tribune
  • Free Press 
  • Rayne Acadian Tribune 
  • Rayne Independent 
  • Rayne Tribune 
  • The Church Point News
  • The Crowley Post-Signal
  • The Crowley Signal
  • The Rayne Acadian-Tribune
  • Tribune Hopper 
  • Tribune Plus 

Bienville Parish
The Bienville Parish Library 

  • Bienville Democrat 
  • The Bienville Democrat
  • Bienville Democrat 

Caldwell Parish
Caldwell Parish Library

  • Caldwell Watchman
  • Caldwell Watchman Progress
  • Caldwell Watchman And The Caldwell Progress
  • Caldwell Watchman And Progress
  • Caldwell News
  • Watchman

Concordia Parish
The Concordia Parish Library 

  • Concordia Sentinel 
  • Concordia Sentinel 
  • The Concordia Intelligencer 
  • The Concordia Sentinel 
  • The Natchez Democrat 

East Baton Rouge Parish
East Baton Rouge Parish Library

  • Baton Rouge Community Leader 
  • Baton Rouge News Leader 
  • Community Leader 
  • Gris Gris 
  • News Leader 

Jefferson Davis Parish
Jennings Carnegie Public Library

  • Jennings Daily Times 
  • Jennings Daily Times Record 
  • Jennings Daily Times-Record 
  • Jennings Herald 
  • Jennings Daily News
  • Jennings Times 
  • Jennings Weekly Times Record 
  • The Daily Times 
  • The Jennings Daily Record 
  • The Jennings Times 
  • The Saturday Record 
  • Jeff Davis Parish News
  • Jennings News
  • Jennings Semi Weekly News

Lafayette Parish
Lafayette Public Library

  • Daily Advertiser 
  • Lafayette Gazette 
  • Sunday Advertiser 

LaSalle Parish
LaSalle Parish Library

  • Alexandria Daily Town Talk
  • Caldwell Watchman 
  • Cataboula News 
  • Colfax Chronicle 
  • Jena Times 
  • Jena Times And The Olla Signal 
  • Jena Times And The Olla Tullos Signal 
  • Jena Times Olla Tullos Urania Signal 
  • Olla Signal 
  • Sgt. Dalton’s Weekly 
  • Times Picayune
  • Winn Parish Enterprise
  • Winnfield Comrade 
  • Winnfield News American 
  • Winnfield Times 

Livingston Parish
Livingston Parish Library

  • The Livingston Parish News

Rapides Parish
Rapides Parish Library

  • Alexandria Daily Town Talk 
  • Alexandria Daily Town Tallk 
  • Alexandria Gazette 
  • Alexandria Gazette And Planters Intelligencer 
  • Alexandria Morning News 
  • Alexandria News Leader
  • Alexandria Times 
  • Branns Iconoclast 
  • Caddo Gazette And De Soto Intelligencer 
  • Central Organ 
  • Colonel Mayfield’s Weekly 
  • Combined New York Evening Newspapers 
  • Combined New York Morning Newspapers 
  • Daily Chautauquan 
  • Daily Crescent
  • Daily Picayune 
  • Daily Town Talk 
  • Democrat 
  • Diario De La Habana 
  • Evening Post 
  • Galveston Tri Weekly News 
  • Gleason’s Pictorial 
  • Houston Daily Telegraph 
  • Le Creole 
  • Le Villageois 
  • L’Organe Central 
  • Louisiana Democrat 
  • Louisiana Herald
  • Louisiana Messenger and Alexandria Advertiser
  • Louisville Weekly Journal 
  • Metropolitan Record And New York Vendicator 
  • Monday Morning Star 
  • Morning News 
  • Natchitoches Times 
  • New Advocate 
  • New Orleans Daily Picayune 
  • New Orleans Morning World 
  • New Orleans Republican 
  • New York Times 
  • Opelousas Gazette
  • Pineville News 
  • Planters Banner And Lousiana Agriculturist 
  • Planters Intelligencer
  • Planters Intelligencer And Rapide Avoyelles And Catahoula Advertiser 
  • Rapides Gazette 
  • Red River Republican 
  • Red River Whig 
  • Sgt. Dalton’s Weekly 
  • Southern Transcript 
  • Southern Transcript And Semi Weekly Whig 
  • State Central Express 
  • The Alexandria Daily Town Talk
  • The Bernice News-Journal
  • Times Democrat 
  • Town Talk 
  • Tri Weekly Mercury 
  • Tri Weekly Telegraph 
  • Villager
  • Weekly Freemans Journal
  • Weekly Herald
  • Weekly Southwestern Telegram 
  • Weekly Town Talk 
  • Western Democrat 

Union Parish
Union Parish Library

  • Gazette 
  • The Bernice News Journal
  • The Bernice Journal

Vermillion Parish
Vermilion Parish Library

  • Abbeville Meridional
  • Kaplan Herald 
  • Abbeville Progress
  • Meridional
  • Gueydan Journal
  • The Kaplan Herald

Vernon Parish
Vernon Parish Library

  • American 
  • Jack Hadnot Collection 
  • Leesville Daily Leader 
  • Leesville Leader 
  • Leesville Leader 
  • Leghorn Times Herald 
  • Llano Colonist 
  • Peoples Friend 
  • Peoples Friend 
  • Senior Advocate 
  • Star Press 
  • Vernon Parish Democrat 

Webster Parish
Webster Parish Library 

  • Claiborne Parish
  • Minden Herald
  • Minden Herald And The Webster Review
  • Minden Herald And Webster Review
  • Minden Press
  • Minden Press Herald
  • Minden Press Herald
  • Minden Signal Tribune and The Springhill Journal
  • Minden Tribune
  • Signal Tribune
  • Springhill Press
  • Springhill Press And News Journal
  • The Minden Booster
  • The Minden Democrat
  • The Minden Tribune
  • The Signal Democrat
  • The Webster Review
  • The Webster Sentinel
  • Voter Registration
  • Webster Review
  • Webster Signal
  • Webster Tribune

Lincoln Parish Newspaper Archives

Student Collections:

Centenary College of Louisiana – Shreveport

Dillard University – New Orleans

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University – Baton Rouge

Grambling State University – Grambling

Louisiana College – Pineville

Louisiana State University – Alexandria

Jesuit High School – New Orleans

Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge

Louisiana State University – Shreveport

Louisiana Tech University – Ruston

Loyola University – New Orleans

McNeese State University – Lake Charles

Nicholls State University – Thibodaux

Northwestern State University – Natchitoches

Southeastern Louisiana University – Hammond

Southern University and A&M College – Baton Rouge

Tulane University – New Orleans

University of Holy Cross – New Orleans

University of Louisiana – Lafayette

University of Louisiana – Monroe

University of New Orleans – New Orleans

Xavier University – New Orleans

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • Distaff
  • NOLA Express
  • GAF
  • Copkiller
  • Different Drummer
  • Fort Polk Puke
  • Outsider
  • SLAM

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton Postcards

The Olden Times – Louisiana

Newspaper Abstracts – Louisiana

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

Other Free Sites:

Alexandria

​Baton Rouge

Carville

Charenton

Houma-Thibodaux

Lafayette

Lake Charles

New Orleans

Shreveport

Vidalia

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 21 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Louisiana Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 455 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Louisiana Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 141 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Louisiana

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 222 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Louisiana.

And Finally:

You also need to visit the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers 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. Gale and ProQuest collections are often available if you have the proper card. 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 Louisiana 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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