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New Hampshire Online Historical Newspapers Summary – The Ancestor Hunt

New Hampshire Online Historical Newspapers Summary

New Hampshire is one of the states that does not have a single central online state repository for historical newspapers, nor do they use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main site for searching old newspapers. There are several 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 about 1,300 newspapers that have been published in the Granite State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your New Hampshire 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 February 2023; recently added links are in BOLD)

New Hampshire Historical Newspapers

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Google News Archive

New Hampshire Newspaper Index

  • Boston Sunday Globe NH Weekly 1989-June 2001
  • Business NH 1989-
  • Concord Monitor 1984-August 2005
  • Historical New Hampshire 1984-
  • Nashua Telegraph 1984-1995
  • New Hampshire Bar Journal June 2003-
  • New Hampshire Bar News 2003-
  • New Hampshire Premier 1990-1995
  • New Hampshire Profiles 1985-1991
  • Northern NH Magazine 1998-
  • Spectator 1990-1991
  • Union Leader 1984-2002

County and Library Collections:

Carroll County
Conway Public Library

  • Reporter
  • White Mountain Reporter
  • Fryeburg Reporter
  • The Reporter

Coos County
Colebrook Public Library

  • The Colebrook Sentinel
  • The Essex County Sentinel
  • The News and Sentinel
  • The Northern Sentinel
  • The Upper Coos Herald

Grafton County
Bethlehem Public Library

  • White Mountain Echo

Minot-Sleeper Library

  • Bristol Weekly Enterprise
  • Enterprise
  • The Bristol Enterprise
  • The Record Enterprise
  • Weekly Enterprise

Hillsborough County
Fuller Public Library

  • Hillsboro Enterprise 
  • Hillsboro Messenger 
  • Hillsborough Messenger 
  • Messenger 
  • Messenger 
  • Messenger Outlook 
  • News Messenger 

Nashua Public Library

  • Nashua Daily Telegraph
  • Nashua Telegraph
  • L’Impartial

Peterborough Public Library

  • Contoocook Transcript 
  • Peterborough Messenger 
  • Peterborough Transcript 
  • Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
  • Monadnock Ledger Transcript
  • The Peterborough Transcript
  • Transcript
  • Jaffrey Recorder Transcript
  • Monadnock Ledger

Wadleigh Memorial Library

  • Cabinet
  • Farmers Cabinet 
  • Farmers Cabinet and Milford Advance 
  • Milford Cabinet 
  • Milford Cabinet and Wilton Journal 
  • Milford Daily Pointer 
  • Wilton Journal 
  • The Cabinet
  • The Milford Cabinet And Wilton Journal 

Merrimack County
New Hampshire State Library

  • New Hampshire Sentinel

Rockingham County
Derry Public Library

  • Derry Enterprise 
  • Derry News 
  • Derry News And Salem Enterprise 
  • Derry Times 
  • Derry Times
  • Manchester Advertiser
  • Nutfield News
  • The Derry News
  • Thursday
  • Nutfield News Tri Town Times
  • The Enterprise
  • Derry Serviceman
  • The Derry Star
  • Evening Record

Exeter Public Library

  • Exeter News-Letter
  • Exeter News-Letter and Rockingham Advertiser
  • Exeter News-Letter and Rockingham County Advertiser
  • Exeter News-Letter and Rockingham Probate Advertiser
  • The Exeter News-Letter

Kelley Library

  • Salem Observer 
  • Observer

Portsmouth Public Library

  • The Portsmouth Herald

The Nesmith Library

  • Annual Reports 
  • The Windham News
  • Windham Independent 
  • Windham News 

Strafford County
Farmington News Archive

  • Farmington News 

Lee Public Library

  • Newmarket Advertiser 

Rochester Public Library

  • Rochester Courier

​Sullivan County
Fiske Free Library

  • National Eagle 
  • The National Eagle

Richards Free Library

  • Argus Champion
  • New Hampshire Argus And Spectator
  • Republican Champion
  • Argus Champion And Newport Lake Sunapee Times 
  • News Leader
  • Newport Guardian And Kearsarge Sunapee Sun
  • Lake Sunapee Echo 
  • Newport Lake Sunapee Times 
  • Tuesday Argus 
  • Whip And Spur
  • Daily Champion

Lane Memorial Library Hampton Newspapers

  • Hampton snippets from old historical newspapers (1700s-1800s)
  • Atlantic News
  • Beachcomber
  • Beach News
  • Exeter News-Letter
  • Hampton Union
  • Hampton-NorthHampton Patch.com

Student Collections:

Antioch University New England – Keene

Colby Sawyer College – New London

Dartmouth College – Hanover

​Franklin Pierce University – Rindge

Granite State College – Concord

Hanover High School – Hanover

Keene State College – Keene

Manchester Community College – Manchester

New England College – Hanniker

Oyster River High School – Durham

Phillips Exeter Academy – Exeter

Plymouth State University – Plymouth

Rivier University – Nashua

Saint Anselm College – Goffstown

Southern New Hampshire University – Manchester

University of New Hampshire – Durham

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Independent Voices – Alternative Press

  • Off The Brass

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1941

Small Town Papers

Newspaper Abstracts – New Hampshire

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

Other Free Sites:






Subscription or Pay Sites:


There are currently 18 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – New Hampshire Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 138 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – New Hampshire Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 17 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – New Hampshire


There are currently 12 publications available on this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – New Hampshire

And Finally:

You also need to visit the New Hampshire Newspaper Project site, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to newspaper projects and also where some microfilmed newspapers are available in 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.

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

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For all Free New Hampshire Links, click on the category of interest:

BMD Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records
Church Records
Coroner Records
Criminal Records
Digital Archives
Divorce Records
Immigration Records
Institutional Records
Military Records
Mortuary Records
Place Finder
Probate and Wills
Research Toolkit
School Records
Tax Records
Voter Records

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