Oregon Online Historical Newspapers Summary

 
Oregon has a state-wide online collections and indexes 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 currently Oregon has quite a few newspapers available on that site. There are many free online newspapers also 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 over 1,500 newspapers that have been published in the Beaver State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Oregon 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 June 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Oregon

Google News Archive

Historic Oregon Newspapers 1846-1922

Oregon Newspapers Index 1852-2004 (Index only)

  • Oregon Daily Emerald (Eugene; 1900–1979)
  • Portland Oregonian (1852–1987)
  • Register Guard (Eugene; 1963–2004)

Oregon Index 1974-2004 (Index only)

  • Coos Bay World, Jan 1996 – May 1996
  • Corvallis Gazette Times, 1988 – 1999
  • Daily Astorian, 1998-1990
  • Eugene Register-Guard, 1988 – 2002
  • Klamath Falls Herald & News, 1996
  • La Grande Observer, 1995 – 2004
  • Lake Oswego Review, 1996 – 2004
  • Portland Oregonian, Jan 1985-Dec 1992
  • Salem Statesman Journal, Jan 1987 – Sept 2002
  • Tigard Times, 1996 – 2003
  • West Linn Tidings, 1998 – 2004
  • Willamette Week, 1974 – 1997
  • Wilsonville Spokesman, 1995 – 2004

County and Library Collections:

Coos County
Flora M. Laird Memorial Library

  • Myrtle Point Herald 
  • Myrtle Point Enterprise 
  • Herald 
  • Southern Coos County American
  • Salem Daily Press
  • Fossil Journal 
  • Wallowa County Chieftain
  • Enterprise Record Chieftain
  • St Johns Review 
  • Polk County Itemizer 
  • Oregon State Journal 
  • Oregon Independent
  • West Oreganian 
  • Farmers Union News
  • News of Port Orford 
  • Monmouth Herald 
  • Amity Enterprise
  • Daily Evening Telegram
  • Evening Record
  • Newberg Graphic 
  • Oregon Observer 
  • Oregon Scout 
  • Roseburg Plaindealer
  • Turner Tribune 
  • Weston Leader
  • Yamhill Record
  • Amity Popgun 
  • Evening Telegram 
  • Milwaukie Review 
  • Coquille City Herald
  • Plaindealer
  • Eastern Oregon Republican

Umatilla County
The Weston Public Library 

  • Weston Leader 
  • Weston Weekly Leader

Wallowa County
Enterprise City

  • Aurora
  • Border Signal
  • Chief Joseph Herald
  • Enterprise Chieftain
  • Enterprise News Record
  • Enterprise Record Chieftain
  • Flora Journal
  • Joseph Herald
  • Lostine Reporter
  • News Record
  • Silver Lake Herald
  • The Bulletin
  • The Horner Papers – Volume 1a
  • The Horner Papers – Volume 1b
  • The Horner Papers – Volume 2a
  • The Horner Papers – Volume 2b
  • Wallowa County Chieftain
  • Wallowa County Reporter
  • Wallowa Record
  • Wallowa Sun

Wallowa History Center (in library)

  • Aurora
  • Blue Mountain Times
  • Daily Chronicle
  • Enterprise Chieftain
  • Grand Ronde Chronicle
  • Grande Ronde Sentinel
  • Grande Ronde Times
  • La Grande Advocate
  • La Grande Chronicle
  • La Grande Gazette
  • La Grande Journal
  • Lostine Reporter
  • Mountain Democrat
  • Mountain Sentinel
  • Oregon Review
  • Rainbarrel Echoes
  • Union County Farmer
  • Wallowa County Chieftain
  • Wallowa News
  • Wallowa Sun
  • Weekly Alliance

Student Collections:

Clackamas Community College – Oregon City

Concordia University – Portland

Corban University – Salem

Eastern Oregon University – La Grande

George Fox University – Newberg

Grant High School – Portland

Lane Community College – Eugene

Lewis & Clark College – Portland

Linfield College – McMinnville

Linn-Benton Community College – Albany

Mt. Hood Community College – Gresham

Northwest Christian University – Eugene

Oregon Institute of Technology – Klamath Falls

Oregon State University – Corvallis

Pacific College – Newberg

Pacific University – Forest Grove

Portland State University – Portland

Sheldon High School – Eugene

Southern Oregon University – Ashland

University of Oregon – Eugene

University of Portland – Portland

Warner Pacific University – Portland

Western Oregon University – Monmouth

Willamette Univeristy- Salem

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • Archer, The
  • WomanSpirit
  • Women’s Press

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942​

Northwest Heritage Index (Index only)

Kimble Northwest History Database 19th – early 20th century (Clippings only)

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton Postcards

The Olden Times – Oregon

Newspaper Abstracts – Oregon

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

Other Free Sites:

Eugene​

Hillsboro

North Portland

Portland

Rainier

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 25 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Oregon Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 194 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Oregon Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 167 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Oregon

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 69 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Oregon

And Finally:

You also need to visit the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program site from time to time, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to online newspaper availability. The site also has additional resources that help you find online and microfilm resources in the state.

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 Oregon 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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