Texas Online Historical Newspapers Summary

 

Texas has a sizable state-wide free online collection for searching historical newspapers. Many states use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main central online site for searching old newspapers and currently Texas has quite a few newspapers also available on that site. There are 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 over 5,700 newspapers that have been published in the Lone Star State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Texas 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 November, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Texas 

Google News Archive

Portal to Texas History – Newspapers (# of issues after title)

West Texas Digital Archive (# of issues in parentheses)

Southwest Collection – Texas Tech Library


County and Library Collections:

Andrews County
Andrews County Library

  • Andrews County News 
  • Guadalupe Gazette 
  • Lone Star Lutheran 
  • Mountain Eagle 
  • Santa Anna Daily News
  • Santa Anna News 
  • Savoy Star 
  • Seagoville Herald
  • Seagraves Signal 
  • Seguin Times
  • Seymour News 
  • Shafter Lake Herald 
  • Shamrock Texan
  • Sherman Daily Democrat 
  • Sherman Daily Register 
  • Sherman Saturday Chronicle 
  • Shiner Enterprise
  • Shiro Advertiser
  • Sipe Springs Record 
  • Sun 
  • Mustang
  • Shafter Lake Findley
  • Sipe Springs Record

Austin County
Bellville Public Library

  • Austin County Times 
  • Bellville Countryman 
  • Bellville Times 
  • Bellville Wochenblatt 
  • Circuit Rider 
  • Times Standard 
  • The Bellville Times

Bee County
Joe Barnhart Bee County Library

  • Beeville Bee
  • Beeville Weekly Picayune 
  • Beeville Picayune
  • Bee Picayune 
  • Beeville Bee Picayune 
  • The Bastrop Advertiser
  • Beeville Bee-Picayune

Blanco County
Blanco County North and South Library Districts

  • Record Courier 
  • Blanco County News 
  • Ranchland Post Dispatch 
  • Blanco County Record 
  • The Blanco News 
  • Brackett News 
  • Brackett News Mail 
  • Blessing News 
  • Blanco Courier 
  • Bogata News

Cameron County
Harlingen Public Library

  • Valley Morning Star 
  • Valley Sunday Star Monitor Herald 
  • The Harlingen Star 
  • Valley Weekly 
  • Valley Weekly Star
  • Rio Grande Farmer
  • Star Farmer

Camp County
Pittsburg Camp County Public Library

  • The Pittsburg Gazette

Chambers County
Chambers County Library System

  • The Progress 
  • Hometown Press 
  • Progress Of Chambers County 
  • Barbers Hill Oil Review
  • Progress
  • Barbers Hill Dayton Press
  • Star Courier
  • Seabreeze Beacon

Colorado County
Nesbitt Memorial Library

  • Colorado County Citizen
  • Eagle Lake Headlight 
  • Columbus Banner Press 
  • Banner Press Newspaper 
  • Banner Press Newspaper 
  • Weimar Mercury

Comal County
New Braunfels Public Library

  • New Braunfels Herald 
  • New Braunfels Herald and Zeitung
  • New Braunfels Zeitung Chronicle 

Crane County
Crane County Public Library

  • Crane News

Dallam County
XIT Museum

  • Dalhart Texan
  • Dalhart Daily Texan 
  • Hartley County News
  • Jawhawker Domino 
  • Dalhart Buzzer 
  • Texline Weekly Herald 

Dallas County
Seagoville Public Library

  • Seagoville Leader
  • Suburbia News
  • The Seagoville Gazette
  • The Seagoville News
  • The Seagoville Star
  • The Seagoville Sun
  • The Sentinel
  • The Southeast Star

Frio County
Dilley Public Library

  • Dilley Herald 
  • Cotulla Record
  • Frio-Nueces Current
  • The South Texas News 
  • Frio Nueces Current 

Galveston County
Friendswood Public Library

  • Friendswood Journal 
  • Friendswood News 
  • Friendswood Reporter News 
  • Journal 
  • News 
  • Reporter News 
  • Reporter-News
  • Weekend Journal 

Friendswood Public Library Newspaper Archive

Grayson County
Denison Public Library

  • Denison Daily Cresset
  • Denison Daily Herald 
  • Denison Herald 
  • Denison Semi Weekly Herald 
  • Denison Sunday Herald 
  • Sunday Gazetteer

Hays County
San Marcos Public Library

  • Asterope
  • Daily Leader
  • Daily Record
  • Daily Times-Herald
  • Hays Free Press
  • La Otra Voz
  • San Marcos Daily Herald
  • San Marcos Daily News
  • San Marcos Daily News and San Marcos Record
  • San Marcos Daily Record
  • San Marcos Free Press
  • San Marcos Record
  • San Marcos Record and Daily News
  • Texas Democrat
  • The Hays County Times And Farmers’ Journal
  • The Kyle News
  • The Laurel
  • The People’s Business
  • The People’s Era
  • The San Marcos Daily Times
  • The San Marcos Record
  • The San Marcos Times
  • The Wimberley View
  • West Texas Free Press
  • West Texas Free Press And San Marcos Valley Times
  • Wimberley View

Hidalgo County
Speer Memorial Library

  • Mission Citizen 
  • Mission Times 
  • Progress 
  • Progress Times 
  • Times
  • Upper Valley Progress 

Hood County
Hood County Public Library

  • Granbury News 
  • Hood County Informer News 
  • Hood County News 
  • Hood County News Tablet 
  • Hood County Tablet 
  • The Granbury Graphic Democrat
  • The Granbury News 
  • The Granbury Weekly News

Hunt County
Commerce Public Library

  • Commerce Journal
  • Daily Journal
  • Commerce Weekly Farm Journal
  • Journal
  • Tiger Tips
  • William Henry Harder
  • Weekly Herald
  • Morning Journal

Jefferson County
Port Arthur Newspaper Archive

Karnes County
Kenedy Public Library

  • Karnes Citation 
  • Karnes County Times 
  • Karnes Countywide 
  • Kenedy Advance 
  • Kenedy Advance Times 

Live Oak County
Live Oak County

  • Live Oak County Herald
  • Live Oak County Leader
  • Southern Messenger
  • The Beeville Bee
  • The Oakville Optimist

Medina County
Driscoll Public Library

  • The Devine News

Mitchell County
Mitchell County Library

  • Collinsville Times
  • Colorado City Record
  • Colorado County Citizen
  • Colorado Record
  • Federal Census
  • Fire Insurance Maps
  • Loraine Advertiser
  • Mitchell County News
  • Permian Basin Oil History
  • Record
  • Texas Ranger History
  • Weekly Record

Oldham County
Oldham County Public Library

  • Vega Enterprise 
  • The Vega Enterprise

Orange County
Bridge City Library

Pecos County
Fort Stockton Public Library

  • Fort Stockton Pioneer
  • The Fort Stockton Pioneer

Iraan Public Library

  • Iraan News 
  • McCamey News 

Reeves County
Reeves County Library

  • Eagle 

Scurry County
Scurry County Library

  • Snyder Daily News 

Swisher County
Swisher County Public Library

  • The Tulia Herald 
  • Tulia Herald 
  • Swisher County News 

Tarrant County
John Ed Keeter Public Library

  • North County Messenger 
  • Northwest Sentinel 
  • Sentinel 
  • Times Record 

Tom Green County
Tom Green County Library

  • Standard Times

Trinity County
Blanche K. Werner Library 

  • Glendale Star
  • Trinity County News 
  • Trinity County Star
  • Trinity News
  • Trinity Standard 
  • Trinity Times 
  • Trinity Tribune

Victoria County
Victoria College Library
 (in library only)

  • Daily Advocate
  • Deutsche Beitung fur Texas
  • Fact
  • Goliad Messenger
  • Morning Times
  • Texian Advocate
  • Uvalde News
  • Valley Mills Tribune
  • Van Alstyne Era
  • Van Alstyne News
  • Velasco Times
  • Velasco World
  • Vernon Weekly Call
  • Vernon Weekly Guard
  • Victoria Advocate
  • Victoria Daily Advocate
  • Victoria Daily Times
  • Victoria Fact
  • Weekly Advocate

Wichita County
Burkburnett Public Library

  • Burkburnett Informer Star
  • Burkburnett News
  • Burkburnett Star

Electra Public Library

  • Electra Star-News 
  • The Electra News 
  • Electra News
  • Star News
  • The Electra Daily News 
  • The Town Tattler 
  • Harold Howler 
  • Wichita Falls Record News
  • The Electra Leader 
  • The News Electra 
  • The Electra Star

Wichita Falls Public Library (in library)

  • The Grapevine Sun 
  • The Sheppard Senator 
  • Times Record News
  • Wichita Falls Record News 
  • Wichita Falls Times 

Williamson County
Eula Hunt Beck Florence Public Library

  • Florence Vidette

Wood County
Gilbreath Memorial Library

  • The Winnsboro Tribune 
  • Hopkins County Echo
  • Morning Advertiser
  • Whitesboro News Record
  • Winnsboro News
  • Winnsboro Weekly News
  • Wood County Democrat

Duncanville Newspaper Archives

  • Duncanville Today
  • Duncanvillite
  • Duncanville Daily News
  • Duncanville Suburban
  • Duncanville Weekly Chronicle

Nesbitt Memorial Library, Colorado County

  • Weimar Gimlet
  • Weimar Daily Gimlet
  • Weimar Daily Informer
  • Weimar Mercury
  • Weimar Daily Tribune
  • Colorado Citizen
  • Eagle Lake Headlight

Student Collections:

Abilene Christian University – Abilene

Archer City High School –  Archer City

Argyle High School – Argyle

Baylor University – Waco

Daniel Baker College – Brownwood

Golden High School – Mineola

Hardin Simmons University – Abilene

Howard Payne College – Brownwood

Lamar University – Beaumont

Lubbock High School – Lubbock

McCallum High School – Austin

McMurry College – Abilene

Midwestern State University – Wichita Falls

Mineola High School – Mineola

Mineral Wells High School – Mineral Wells

North Texas State Teachers College- Denton

North Texas State University – Denton

Panola College – Carthage

Polytechnic College – Fort Worth

Rice University – Houston

Rider High School – Wichita Falls

Rusk High School – Rusk

Siimmons University – Abilene

Southern Methodist University – Dallas

South Texas College of Law – Houston

Southwest Texas State Normal College – San Marcos

Southwest Texas State Teachers College – San Marcos

Southwestern University – Georgetown

St. Edward’s University – Austin

St. Edward’s College – Austin

St. Mark’s School of Texas – Dallas

St. Mary’s University San Antonio

St. Philip’s College – San Antonio

Stephen F. Austin University – Nacogdoches

Sulpher Springs High School – Sulpher Springs

Tarleton State University – Stephenville

Temple Junior College – Temple

Texas A&M University – College Station

Texas Christian University – Fort Worth

Texas Lutheran College – Seguin

Texas State University – San Marcos

Texas Tech University – Lubbock

Texas Wesleyan College – Fort Worth

Texas Woman’s College – Fort Worth

Trinity University – San Antonio

Tyler Junior College – Tyler

University of Dallas – Dallas

University of Houston – Houston

University of North Texas – Denton

University of Texas – Arlington

University of Texas – Austin

University of Texas – Dallas

University of Texas – El Paso

University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

University of Texas – San Antonio

Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts – Laredo

Weatherford High School – Weatherford

West High School – West

Western Texas College – Snyder

Miscellaneous Collections:

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • About Face (Bergstrom AFB)
  • Chickenshit Weekly
  • El Deguello
  • El Despertador
  • El Servidor
  • Fatigue Press
  • Fort Hood 3 Defense Committee News Release
  • GI Community
  • GI Organizer, The
  • GI Voice, Fort PolkY
  • Gigline, The
  • Grassroots Struggl
  • Inferno
  • Life Lines – A Patriotic Voice of Freedom
  • Rag, The
  • Southern Conservative, The
  • Up-Tight
  • Your military left

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942


Civil War Newspaper Articles (transcribed by University of Texas, Tyler)

Tyler Newspapers Special Topics (transcribed)

Old Fulton Postcards

Small Town Papers

Historical Mexican and Mexican American Press (Some El Paso Newspapers included)

Southern School News Archive

The Olden Times – Texas

Newspaper Abstracts – Texas

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

Other Free Sites:

Arlington

Austin

Baytown

Camp Ford:

Corsicana

Dallas

El Paso

Fort Hood

Fort Worth

Gatesville

Grapevine

Houston

La Marque

Levelland

Panola

San Antonio

San Juan

Stafford

Tyler

Victoria

Wellington

Wichita Falls

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 70 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Texas Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 650 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Texas Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are a large number of publications (664) from over 200 cities available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Texas

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 231 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Texas.

And Finally:

You also need to visit the Texas 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 Texas State Library site is also a good resource for finding Texas newspapers and where they are held.

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.

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5 thoughts on “Texas Online Historical Newspapers Summary”

  1. I am amazed not to find the Killeen Daily Herald in your listing of papers in Texas. Killeen is at the gates of the largest military post in the World. It came to be with the railroad in the late 1800’s, but really came to life when Fort Hood was carved out of Central Texas in WWII and obliterated many little communities in the process. I would imagine that it would be interesting to find the archives, which maybe are not available.
    Good job as always,
    Annick

  2. Thank you for all of your hard work on this, it is so helpful!
    If you have the time and energy, it would be helpful if the location of the newspaper could be included after the name, if the name of the paper isn’t self-explanatory. Just a suggestion!

    1. Kenneth R Marks

      Thanks, Sharon. I understand that having the city and/or county would be helpful. I try to include it whenever I can. But for example the Portal to Texas History does not include the city or county when I download their list (which is over 1,000 titles). I would have to click on every single link and capture that information one at a time. It is just too time consuming. This is especially true for some statewide collections. Oklahoma has the same issue. Most include the city in parentheses after the title. Actually it would be easier if the state included it in the first place.

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