New Jersey Online Historical Newspapers Summary

New Jersey is one of the states who do not have a central online 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. New Jersey just starting adding digitized titles to that site. The online newspaper titles are available from several different sites, many free and some require a subscription. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them. 

There are around 2,000 newspapers that have been published in the Garden State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are quite a few that are indeed available. So go for it – find your New Jersey 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 – New Jersey

Google News Archive

New Jersey Historical Portal

New Jersey Digital Highway – Newspapers

New Jersey Media Group Archives (index; articles must pay)

  • The Record
  • Herald News

County and Library Collections:

Asbury Park Newspapers

Atlantic County Digitized Newspapers

Belmar Newspapers

  • The Crab
  • Coast Advertiser
  • Ocean Grove Times
  • Coast Echo

Our Town Newspapers

  • Our Town

Ramsey Free Library

  • The Ramsey Journal
  • The Journal
  • The Waldwick Journal

Boonton Holmes Times-Bulletin

  • Boonton Weekly Bulletin

Burlington County Newspapers

Cape May Court House Library (in library access only)

Chatham Newspapers

  • Chatham Courier
  • Chatham News
  • Chatham Press

Cherry Hills Public Library

Chester Library (Library access only)

  • Observer-Tribune 
  • The Mendham-Chester Tribune

Clark Public Library Historical Newspapers 

  • Clark Patriot 
  • The Eagle 
  • Union County Local Source

Cranbury Public Library

Cranford Public Library

Elizabeth Public Library

Englewood Public Library Newspapers

Fanwood Memorial Library & Scotch Plains Public Library

Franklin Township (Library access only)

  • Record (1948-1958)
  • Franklin News (1954-1958)
  • Franklin News-Record (1958-1998)
  • Franklin Focus (1989-1997)
  • Spectator (1992-1998)
  • Strictly Somerset (1994-1997)

Haddon Heights Library

  • The Suburban

Haddonfield Public Library

  • The Haddon Gazette
  • The Haddon Gazette Suburban
  • The Suburban

Hightstown Newspapers

  • Excelsior
  • Hightstown Gazette
  • Village Record
  • Daily Graphic
  • Independent
  • Independent Weekly
  • Reporter

Hillside Public Library Newspapers

Jersey City Free Library

  • Bergen County Gazette and Jersey City Advertiser
  • Daily Courier and Advertiser
  • Daily Evening Times
  • Daily Sentinel and Advertiser
  • Daily Times
  • Jersey City Advertiser and Bergen Republican
  • Jersey City Daily Times
  • Jersey City Gazette and Bergen County Advertiser
  • Jersey City Times
  • Jersey City Weekly Courier
  • The Bergen County Courier
  • The Evening Sentinel
  • The Hudson County Courier
  • The Jersey City Advertiser and Hudson County Republican
  • The Jersey City Herald

Lake Hopatcong Newspapers

  • The Angular
  • The Breeze

Lambertville Free Library Newspapers

  • Beacon
  • Beacon and Lambertville Record
  • Lambertville Beacon
  • Peoples Beacon
  • The Beacon
  • The Lambertville Beacon

Lyndhurst Public Library

Maplewood Public Library

Matawan Aberdeen Public Library

Metuchen Public Library

  • Metuchen Recorder
  • Metuche Review

Millburn Archives

New Brunswick Public Library

New Providence Memorial Library

  • Millburn-Short Hills Independent Press
  • Berkeley Heights New Providence Press
  • Berkeley Heights New Providence Independent Press

Newark Public Library Digitized Newspapers

Ocean City Free Public Library Newspaper Archive

  • Daily Sentinel (in library)
  • Daily Reporter (in library)
  • Ledger (in library)
  • Ocean City News (in library)
  • Ocean City Sentinel (in library)
  • Cape May County Gazette (in library)
  • Somers Point Herald (in library)
  • Ocean City Sentinel Ledger (in library)

Ocean City Newspapers

  • Cape May County Gazette
  • Daily Reporter
  • Ledger
  • Ocean City Sentinel
  • Sentinel Ledger

Ocean County Library

Ocean Grove Newspapers

Paterson Newspaper Archive

Plainfield Historical Newspaper Collection

Princeton University Library

Rahway Newspapers

Randolph Free Public Library

  • Randolph News-Journal
  • The Home News Of Randolph Township
  • The Randolph Reporter

Red Bank Public Library

Riverton Historical Newspapers

Rockaway Township Free Public Library

Sadie Pope Dowdell Public Library

South Brunswick Public Library

  • Central Post
  • South Brunswick Post

South Plainfield Collection

Spring Lake Newspapers

  • Asbury Park Journal
  • Coast Echo
  • Coast Star
  • Manasquan Seaside

Summit Free Public Library Historical Newspapers

  • Herald
  • Observer
  • Dispatch
  • Herald-Dispatch
  • Union County Local Source
  • Record

Watertown Newspapers

  • Post
  • Post Boy
  • Sunday Republican
  • Watertown Journal
  • Watertown News

Westfield Memorial Library Newspapers

Woodbridge Township Historic Newspapers

Student Collections:

Bergen Community College – Paramus

Bordentown Manual Training School – Bordentown

Caldwell University – Caldwell

Centennary College – Hackettstown

College of New Jersey – Ewing

Drew University – Madison

Essex County College – Newark

Farleigh Dickinson University – Teaneck

Farleigh Dickinson University – Florham

Georgian Court University – Lakewood

Highland Park High School – Highland Park

John P Stevens High School – Edison Township

Kean University – Union

Monmouth University -West Long Branch

Montclair State University – Montclair

New Jersey City University – Jersey City

New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark

New Jersey School for the Deaf – Ewing Township

North Plainfield High School – North Plainfield

Princeton University – Princeton

Rider University – Lawrenceville

Ramapo College – Mahwah

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Summit High School – Summit

Seton Hall University – South Orange

St. Peters University – Jersey City

Stevens Institute of Technology – Hoboken

Stockton University – Galloway Township

The College of New Jersey – Ewing Township

Thomas Edison State University – Trenton

West Essex Regional High School – North Caldwell

William Paterson University – Wayne

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Independent Voices – Alternative Press

  • Common Sense
  • Fort Dix 38 Speak Out
  • Forward
  • Fragging Action
  • Mailing List of Organizations opposed to the War in Vietnam
  • New Directions for Women
  • New Directions for Women in New Jersey
  • Shakedown
  • SPD News
  • Talisman
  • Tamarisk

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942

Old Fulton Postcards

  • Asbury Park NJ Daily Press (1876-1901)
  • Asbury Park NJ Journal (1898-1901)
  • Atlantic City NJ Daily Union (1889-1900)
  • Belmar NJ Coast Advertiser (1918-27, 1929-30, 1933-74)
  • Bernardsville NJ News (1897, 1903-1922)
  • Bloomfield NJ Citizen ( 1872-1913 )
  • Bloomfield NJ Independient Press (1891-1961 )
  • Bloomfield NJ Record (1873-1936 )
  • Bridgeton NJ Pioneer (1884-1917)
  • Bridgeton NJ West Jersey Pioneer (1852-1884)
  • Clifton NJ Jewish Community News (1980-1985 )
  • Cranford NJ Chronicle (1894,95,97,1899-1909)
  • Cranford NJ Citizen (1906-1921)
  • Dover NJ Iron Era (1872-1905)
  • Fair Lawn NJ Israelight (1960-1970 )
  • Hackettstown NJ Forum ( 1974-1978 )
  • Hackettstown NJ Gazette (1857-1962 )
  • Hackettstown NJ Gazetteold ( )
  • Hackettstown NJ Warren Republican ( 1883-1920 )
  • Hightstown NJ Gazette (1862-1898)
  • Hightstown NJ Independent (1846, 1881-1900)
  • Hightstown NJ Village Record (1849-1861)
  • Jersey City NJ Jewish Standard ( 1931-1936 )
  • Jersey City NJ News (1889-1906)
  • Little Falls NJ Herald (1929-1960)
  • Little Falls NJ Passaic Valley Journal (1975-1982)
  • Little Falls NJ Reporter (1919-1929)
  • Little Falls NJ Times Herald ( 1960-1975)
  • Matawan NJ Journal (1869-1922)
  • Ocean Grove NJ Times (1875-1922)
  • Paterson NJ Evening News (1895-1896)
  • Paterson NJ Morning Call (1885-1922)
  • Paterson NJ The Jewish Post (1934-1941 )
  • Pattern NJ Federation News  (1970-1986 )
  • Perth Amboy NJ Evening News (1903-1921)
  • Peterson NJ Daily Gardian (1857-1895)
  • Peterson NJ Evening News (1912-1922)
  • Plainfield NJ Constitutionalist ( )
  • Princeton NJ Town Topics 1946-1956 (1946-1956)
  • Rahway NJ Daily Record (1911-1919)
  • Rahway NJ National Democrat (1873-1889)
  • Red Bank NJ Register (1878-1891)
  • Summet NJ Herald (1896-1923)
  • Summet NJ Record (1883,89-92,96,14,16,21,23)
  • Wayne NJ Passaic Valley Today (1986-1989)

Small Town Papers

The Olden Times – New Jersey

Newspaper Abstracts – New Jersey

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

Other Free Sites:

Bernardsville

Boonton

Burlington

Caldwell

Camden

Carlstadt

Clifton

Dover

Flemington

Fort Dix

Haddonfield

Hoboken

Lawrenceville

Long Branch

Maplewood

Matawan

Metuchen

Montclair

Morristown

Newark

New Brunswick

Nutley

Parsippany

Passaic

Paterson

Plainfield

Princeton

Secaucus

Trenton

Tuckerton

Washington

West Orange

Woodland Park

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 29 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – New Jersey Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 275 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – New Jersey Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 99 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – New Jersey

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 146 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – New Jersey 

And Finally:

You also need to check out the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project site, which can tell you what is happening in the state with regard to the newspapers that have been digitized and are becoming available via microfilm or online. 

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 New Jersey 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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5 Comments

  1. Love your website and visit it daily! An update on the new availability of Freehold area publications at newspapers.com – about a month ago, The Freehold Transcript and Monmouth Inquirer 1888-1964 (66,358 pgs) was added. Although Freehold is the county seat for Monmouth County, the paper also covers Middlesex and Mercer Counties in central NJ during this time period.
    And just this week they added: The Monmouth Inquirer 1833-1933 (22,587 pgs), Monmouth Inquirer 1821-1860 (887 pgs), Monmouth Press 1888-1890 (412 pgs), Monmouth Daily Inquirer 1858 (28), Monmouth Star 1820-1821 (44 pgs).
    These represent most of the various incarnations of these venerable Freehold papers and am proud to say three of my direct ancestors were the publishers and editors over a 70 year span. You should also know that these were made available through a partnership between the Monmouth County Historical Society and newspapers.com. The Society tells me they also plan to add the Monmouth Democrat but are currently working out microfilm quality issues. Yes, one needs to subscribe to newspapers.com to access, but sure beats going to the MCHS library and scrolling through microfilm!

    1. Thank you for that info Lee. I look forward to the Monmouth Democrat when it becomes available. I love newspapers.com !

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