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  • Nearly 1.8 million pages
  • 500 newspaper titles
  • Full-text searchable
  • Available in Gale NewsVault


TIME PERIOD: 1800–1900


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Now Available in NewsVault! As compelling as it is comprehensive, 19th Century U.S. Newspapers provides access to primary source newspaper content from the 19th century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century, with an emphasis on such topics as the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration and Antebellum-era life, among other subjects.

This full-text searchable, facsimile-image database makes experiencing historical events, daily life and 19th-century American culture as easy as clicking a mouse. 19th Century U.S. Newspapers provides both professional and general researchers with easy access to seemingly endless information and primary resources — the vast majority of which have never before been accessible online.

Summary: As the new American nation emerged in the 1800s, the first draft of its history was written by those who experienced and recorded it on the pages of urban and rural newspapers from coast to coast. As the primary source of news and information on national and local affairs, these pages are invaluable for historical research across a spectrum of subjects.

Gale’s 19th Century U.S. Newspapers — a full-text searchable, facsimile-image database – provides an as-it-happened window on events, culture and daily life in 19th-century America of interest to both professional and general researchers. The collection features publications from the political party newspapers at the beginning of the 19th century to the mammoth dailies that shaped the nation at the century’s end. Every aspect of society and every region of the nation is found in the archive — rural and urban, large cities and small towns, coast to coast and beyond. Major newspapers stand alongside those published by African Americans, Native Americans, women’s rights groups, labor groups, the Confederacy and other select groups. Also included are illustrated papers that bring the 19th century to life through the drawings of many of its celebrated artists.  Newspapers included are:

  • New York Herald (NY)
  • Lynchburg Virginian (VA)
  • Pacific Commercial Advertiser (HI)
  • Rocky Mountain News (CO)
  • Southern Illustrated News (VA)
  • Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago)
  • Milwaukee Sentinel (WI)
  • Bee (OH)
  • Mountaineer (SC)
  • And more

The collection not only covers the American Civil War, African-American culture and history, Western migration, Antebellum-era life and other major topics, it  also includes scholarly essays on 19th century American history written by prominent historians. Titles were selected by leading scholars of the 19th-century American press and headnotes have been included for the individual titles.

Significance: Newspapers were the lifeblood of the new republic, and the contents of their pages helped shape the nation’s identity, carrying not just the stories that unified American opinions, norms and interests, but fueling the crucial debates of the day. The 19th century press helped to create an environment of free expression that typified both America and the American. And with about 1.7 million pages archived — the vast majority of which have never before been accessible online — this easily accessed resource seems endless.

Source: The primary source content of 19th Century U.S. Newspapers has been digitized from many of the largest and most impressive collections of newspapers from all across the country. These collections include:

  • Boston Public Library
  • Case Warren Reserve Historical Society
  • Colorado Historical Society
  • Harvard University
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Idaho Historical Society
  • Kansas State Historical Society
  • Library of Congress
  • Mississippi Department of Archives and History
  • Nebraska State Historical Society
  • North Carolina Office of Archives and History
  • Scholarly Resources Archives
  • South Carolina University’
  • Syracuse University
  • Tennessee State Library and Archives
  • University of Georgia

A highly intuitive interface with multiple search and browse options allows scholars and researchers to find and analyze the information they need.

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