Collections of Distinction

Massachusetts Newspapers

NewspaperThe Massachusetts Newspaper Collection consists of newspapers from the beginning of their publication in Massachusetts in the early 18th century to the present as well as sets of the colonial and federalist newspapers that shed light on the founding of the Republic.The collection is augmented by significant holdings of 19th- and early 20th-century American and European titles—many rare, some unique—representing the major business and cultural interests of our citizens. It also holds ephemeral publications often neglected by other research institutions.

Noteworthy items include the Boston Newsletter, August 16, 1706, the first continuing paper in the United States; The Guardian [Boston], 1939-1955, an African-American newspaper started by noted activist William Monroe Trotter; The Woman’s Journal, 1870-1897, a weekly newspaper published by Mary Livermore, Julia Ward Howe, and Lucy Stone that was devoted to the suffrage and the educational, industrial, legal, and political equality of women; the Diario Oficial from Mexico City, 1844-1883, reflecting U.S. trade with Latin America; the Kölnische Zeitung, 1899-1931, one of the leading German papers; and the London Standard, 1837-1899. There are also a number of papers from areas where U.S. military forces were engaged.

The Boston Public Library has collected and preserved newspapers since its founding in 1852.The newspapers are in multiple formats, including bound and wrapped volumes, photographic reprints, microfilm, microfiche, micro-opaques, digital copies, and electronic databases.