Maine Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Maine is one of the states that does 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 Maine recently started to make newspapers available on that site. There are numerous 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 about 1,500 newspapers that have been published in the Pine Tree State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. So go for it – find your Maine 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 – Maine Newspapers

Google News Archive

Digital Maine – Newspapers (some of these are duplicated below – but not all)
Androscoggin County

Aroostook County

Cumberland County

Franklin County

Hancock County

Kennebec County

Knox County

Lincoln County

Oxford County

Penobscot County

Piscataquis County

Somerset County

Waldo County

Washington County

York County

County and Library Collections:

Aroostook County
Caribou Public Library

  • Aroostook Republican

Fort Fairfield Public Library

  • Aroostock Valley Sunrise 
  • Fort Fairfield Aurora
  • Presque Isle Sunrise
  • Beacon 
  • Loyal Sunrise
  • Northern Leader 
  • Leader And Farm Journal 
  • Fort Fairfield Review 
  • Fort Fairfield Journal 

 Turner Memorial Library

  • Star Herald 
  • Aroostook Pioneer 
  • Presque Isle Star-Herald 
  • Presque Isle Star Herald 
  • Aroostook Pioneer 
  • Aroostook Herald 
  • North Star 
  • Presque Isle Sunrise 
  • The Aroostook Herald 
  • The North Star 
  • The Star-Herald 
  • The Aroostook Democrat 
  • The Beacon 
  • The Loyal Sunrise 
  • The Sunrise 
  • The Independent 
  • Aroostook Valley Sunrise 

Walter TA Hansen Memorial Library

  • Mars Hill News
  • Our Community Letter
  • Mars Hill Enterprise

Cumberland County
Bridgton Public Library

  • The Bridgton News
  • Bridgton News

Curtis Memorial Library

  • Brunswick Telegraph
  • The Bath-Brunswick Times-Record
  • The Brunswick Record
  • The Brunswick Telegraph
  • The Times Record

Scarborough Public Library

  • Scarborough Leader
  • Southern Forecaster
  • Current
  • Sun Times
  • Forecaster
  • Scarborough News Review
  • Cumberland County
  • South Portland Cape Elizabeth Sentry
  • Scarborough Leader
  • The Southern Forecaster

Kennebec County
Gardiner Public Library

  • Christian Intelligencer and Eastern Chronicle
  • Cold Water Fountain
  • Cold Water Fountain and Gardiner News Letter
  • Fountain and Journal
  • Gardiner Home Journal
  • Gardiner Journal
  • Kennebec Reporter
  • Northern Home Journal
  • Reporter Journal
  • Daily Reporter Journal
  • Gardiner Independent
  • Eastern Chronicle
  • The Gardiner Times

Knox County
Camden Public Library

  • The Camden Herald

Lincoln County
Lincoln County News

  • Boothbay Register
  • Damariscotta Holiday Review
  • Democrat and Free Press
  • Herald and Record
  • Independent Reporter
  • Lincoln County News
  • Lincoln Democrat
  • Sheepscot Echo
  • Village Herald
  • Waldoboro Press

Oxford County
Bethel Historical Society

Penobscot County
Bangor Public Library

  • Bangor Register
  • Bangor Weekly Register
  • Bangor Register and Penobscot Advertiser

 Old Town Public Library

  • Penobscot Times
  • Old Town-Orono Times
  • The Old Town Enterprise 
  • Old Town Enterprise
  • Sachem 

Piscataquis County
Thompson Free Library

Somerset County
Pittsfield Public Library

  • Pittsfield Advertiser
  • Valley Times
  • Valley Times and the Pittsfield Advertiser

Waldo County
Belfast Free Library

  • Republican Journal 

Alice L. Pendleton Library

  • Islesboro Island News
  • Islesboro Observer
  • Islesboro Up Date
  • Morning Sun

York County
McArthur Public Library

  • Biddeford Advance
  • Biddeford Daily Journal
  • Biddeford Daily Standard
  • Biddeford Journal
  • Biddeford Observer
  • Biddeford Weekly Journal
  • Biddeford Weekly Times
  • Biddeford-Saco Courier
  • Concord Gazette
  • Daily Breeze
  • Daily Evening Star
  • Daily Evening Times
  • Daily Morning Herald
  • Daily Standard
  • Daily Times
  • Evening Post
  • Expose
  • Journal Tribune
  • La Justice
  • La Justice De Biddeford
  • Maine Democrat
  • Maine Palladium
  • Maine Sentinel
  • New England Galaxy
  • Nightly Comet
  • Old Flag
  • Peoples Defender
  • Saco Tribune
  • Sentinel
  • Tri Weekly Herald
  • Union
  • Union and Eastern Journal
  • Union And Journal
  • Watchword
  • Watsons Illuminator
  • Weekly Record
  • Weekly Standard
  • York County Herald

Springvale Public Library

  • Sanford Tribune And Advocate
  • Sanford Tribune 
  • Springvale Advocate
  • Sanford Weekly Tribune
  • Journal Tribune

Bar Harbor Newspapers

  • Bar Harbor Times
  • Bar Harbor Record
  • Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald

Rockland Public Library – Archived Rockland Newspapers

  • The Courier Gazette, 1882-1920
  • The Lime Rock Gazette, 1846-1850
  • The Rockland Gazette, 1851-1882

Student Collections:

Bates College – Lewiston

Bowdoin College – Brunswick

College of the Atlantic – Bar Harbor

Colby College – Waterville

Gould Academy – Bethel

Husson Universoty – Bangor

Maine College of Art – Portland

Maine Maritime Academy – Castine

Saint Joseph’s College – Standish

Southern Maine Community College – South Portland

Thomas College – Waterville

Unity College – Unity

University of Maine – Farmington

University of Maine – Fort Kent

University of Maine – Machia

University of Maine – Orono

University of Maine – Presque isle

University of New England – Biddeford

University of Southern Maine – Portland

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Maine News Index Online (Index only)

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • Origin

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton Postcards

  • Belfast ME Republican Journal
  • Biddeford ME Union and Journal
  • Damarisotta and Newcastle ME Village Herald 1877
  • South Paris ME Oxford Democrat

The Olden Times – Maine

Newspaper Abstracts – Maine

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

Other Free Sites:






South Freeport

Subscription or Pay Sites:

There are currently 37 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Maine Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 127 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Maine Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 42 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Maine

There are currently 9 publications available at this site. See all the titles at – Maine 

And Finally:

You also need to check out the Maine State Library site, which can tell you what is happening in the state with regard to newspaper projects.

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 Maine Links, click on the category of interest:

BMD Records
Divorce Records
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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  1. Colby College Library has a collection of microfilm copies of Maine newspapers going back into the 1800’s. It was there, that I found three newspapers reporting an account of the death, on November 14, 1899, of my grandfather, Sam Wolman, in three separate cities/towns. Many of the Maine newspapers of the 1800’s, are no longer in publication, but they still exist at Colby.

  2. I am with the Maine State Library. We joined the Chronicling America project this year and hope to have our first papers live in the fall. We also have a number of newspapers available digitally in our repository That is a growing collection. We are investing in technology to expand it as well. Our Reference department would be happy to help any of you identify sources for Maine newspapers

    1. Thank you Peggy for the info. I used the Digital Maine site to update my list. And will check it frequently for updates

      1. We are doing our best to keep the list up to date as part of out commitment to the Library of Congress NEH National Digital Newspaper Project.
        we are happy it helps you.

    2. Do you have any of the Chronicle published circa 1870 in Lewiston and Auburn by my Fogg family great grandfather and great great grandfather. Col. James Harvey Blood was one of the writers. He had been married to Victoria Claffin Woodhull. He later married my Great Grandmother Isabella Morrill Fogg.

  3. I have been very pleased with this sight, as I have been searching my ancestors and have found some great information through the Lewiston newspapers on here. My grandfather never spoke of his family and it has been very difficult to search with very little information. But since I have had this sight I have found relatives I never new I had. I just want to say, Thank you for being here.

  4. I contacted the Rockland, ME library for a copy of my gggrandfather’s obituary. I had a copy, but no information as to the paper or date. The staff were very responsive. They have several (?) local newspapers on microfilm.

  5. Can anyone help direct me to where I may find copies of the Portland Press Herald, from 1932? I saw a link on one site for later years, and one for earlier years, but nothing around 1932. I am specifically looking to hone in on October 14, 1932. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am in Massachusetts, not in Maine. THANK YOU!
    Greg Daniels

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