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.
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)
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.
Chronological chart of major Boston daily newspapers from 1820 to present.
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)
arranged by town, then by title. The dates given are for the range of years available on
film. For more detailed information on our holdings please contact us.
in the city of Boston have been listed in the section on Boston
These are the United States newspapers on microfilm at the Boston Public Library, from
states other than Massachusetts. Unless otherwise noted the newspapers are
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)
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 on microfilm at the Boston Public Library are listed by country, then by city. (PDF)
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
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
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Curator of Microtext & Newspapers
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116