Social Sciences Department, 2nd Floor, McKim Building, Central Library, 617-859-2261

Newspapers and Periodicals

The Library has extensive newspaper holdings from Massachusetts and from major New England cities, as well as selected titles from the rest of the United States and Europe. Titles may be found in the Research Catalog. Most newspapers are usually not indexed by subject.


  • Boston Globe, 1872-present
  • Boston Evening Transcript, 1830-1941
  • New York Times, 1851-present
  • Times of London, 1785-present


The periodicals collection also covers a wide range of subject publications from the 18th century to the present. Some titles of interest to the genealogical researcher include:

  • American Periodicals Series, 1700-1900
  • Essex Institute Historical Collections
  • Massachusetts Historical Society. Collections and Proceedings
  • New England Historic and Genealogical Register
  • Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts


Periodical Indexes

  • Genealogical Periodicals Annual Index: Key to the Genealogical Literature
  • Index to American Periodicals Series I-III
  • Periodical Source Index