Small Town Papers – Over 300 U.S. Historical Newspapers

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​About a year ago I wrote an article about a free historical newspaper site entitled Small Town Papers. At that time there were about 200 newspapers available for browsing and searching.

The list has now expanded to well over 300 titles. 

Please be aware that the dates for these titles include both current years as well as past years, and some of the titles do not have what I would call historic dates, that is prior to at least 1980. Some do however represent years from far earlier, some as early as 1846, so it is worth your time to see what might be available for you in order to found articles about your ancestors.

I would encourage you to make Small Town Papers part of your newspaper research repertoire. I also encourage you strongly to read their Terms of Use as they are quite strict when compared to other free newspapers sites. Copying and downloading of pages found have specific rules and limitations. Always read about copyright and use “rules” on any newspaper site.

Here is a list by state.  There are just a few states that have no entries.

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Mexico

North Carolina

North Dakota

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

For links to other free collections for all states (over 12,500 for the U.S.), please go to the Newspapers! page on this website (middle of the page has the links by state).


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