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Boston Public Library

Microtext Department

Boylston Room, 2nd Floor, McKim Building, Central Library

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Newspapers on Microfilm

This information is about back issues of newspapers available on microfilm. The Boston Public Library also provides access to recent issues of newspapers on paper and online.

History of Newspapers at the BPL

About the Massachusetts Newspaper Project

Boston Newspapers

Newspapers published in the City of Boston are arranged by the first significant word in the title, disregarding the name of the town, names of the days of the week, and such words as indicate periodicity. (PDF)

Boston Newspaper Circulation

This chart shows circulation figures for selected years for Boston newspapers and other frequent publications, generally excluding monthly and quarterly periodicals.  Starting with the earliest figures available for 1826 and 1849, the chart then has data for each decade from 1870-1960.

Boston Newspaper Timeline

Chronological chart of major Boston daily newspapers from 1820 to present.

Boston Neighborhood Newspapers

Neighborhood newspapers are listed first by neighborhood, and then by title. Neighborhoods include: Allston, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Fenway, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, North End, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, South End and West Roxbury. (PDF)

Massachusetts Newspapers

These are arranged by town, then generally by title. But due to mergers, splits and title changes may not always be in exact alphabetical order. Boston neighborhoods are included for the convenience of users who may not know whether something is a neighborhood or a town. The dates given are for the range of years available on film but are not precise down to the level of month. For more detailed information on our holdings please contact us. Newspapers published in the city of Boston have been listed in the section on Boston Newspapers. (PDF)

Domestic (U.S) Newspapers

These are the United States newspapers on microfilm at the Boston Public Library, from states other than Massachusetts.  Unless otherwise noted the newspapers are dailies. (PDF)

Early American Newspapers

These titles are mostly from the Early American Newspaper collection, published by the Readex CorporationReadex Corporation.   The period covered is from 1704 to the early part of the 19th century.  The dates given are for the range of years on film. (PDF)

Ethnic Newspapers

US newspapers on microfilm at the Boston Public Library arranged by the ethnic group for whom they were published and then by state, city and title. (PDF)

Foreign Newspapers

Foreign newspapers on microfilm at the Boston Public Library are listed by country, then by city. (PDF)

Newspaper Compilations

These are sets of newspapers that have been collected around a particular subject or topic. The arrangement may vary from set to set.

Civil War Series

Civil War Clippings and Newspapers. E461.C58
[Newspapers from 22 American states (including 6 that seceded to the C.S.A.), the District of Columbia, Canada, England and Panama, from 1861 to 1865. (Also includes 7 reels of clippings.] 30 reels

Confederate Newspapers. E482.C66
[Newspapers, primarily Richmond, VA, from 1861 to 1865
(7 other states are represented with a few issues each.)] 14 reels

Emancipation Proclamation. E453.E4
[Boston newspapers, from January to June 1863] 1 reel

Secession Documents. E458.1.S43
[Newspapers, primarily New York, from 1859 to 1861] 4 reels

G.A.R. Encampments. E462.1.A1967
[Newspapers, primarily Boston, for the encampments of August 1890, and August 1904] 3 reels

Disaster Series

Boston Fire. F73.5.B74414
[Newspapers from 18 American states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, from November 1872] 4 reels

Chicago Fire. F548.42.C4
[Newspapers from 19 American states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, from October 1871] 4 reels

Portland Fire. F29.P9P95
[Newspapers from 21 American states, the District of Columbia, and Canada, from July 1866. 1 reel

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. F869.S3S25
[Newspapers from 7 American states (14 cities), from April and May 1906] 10 reels

Presidential Assassination Series

Abraham Lincoln Papers. E457.5.L69
[Newspapers from 28 American states and the District of Columbia, plus Canada, England and the Kingdom of Hawaii from April and May 1865. (Also includes unrelated New York Tribune Extras from the 1870s and 1880s).] 24 reels

James A. Garfield Papers. E687.9.G37
[Newspapers from 30 American states and the District of Columbia, plus 6 foreign countries, from September 1881] 16 reels

William McKinley Papers. E711.0.M33
[Newspapers from 19 American states, Arizona Territory and the District of Columbia, plus 15 foreign countries, from September 1901] 26 reels

John F. Kennedy Papers. E842.9.J2
[Newspapers from 31 foreign countries, from November 1963] 11 reels


Nixon Resignation. E860.P75
[Newspapers from 34 American states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, plus 6 foreign countries, from August 1974] 1 reel

Miscellaneous Negro Newspapers Series. E185.5.M58
[The Library of Congress filmed this set of ”Miscellaneous Negro Newspapers" for the Committee on Negro Studies of the American Council of Learned Societies. In our guide the papers are arranged by state, then by city, then by title. In many cases only a few issues are available for a year. The final column shows on which reel of the set that the newspaper can be found. 12 reels

Additional ways to search for newspapers at the Boston Public Library

Reference questions may be sent electronically or write to the following:

Curator of Microtext & Newspapers
Research Library
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116

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