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Civil War

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Mugar Memorial Library has a film collection of newspapers from the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Papers in this collection, unless otherwise noted, are arranged alphabetically in the left-hand cabinets (Mugar Mfilm) that face the front of the Microforms Room. The collection includes papers from both northern and southern states. 

From the New York Times pg 1 Mar 5th 1861

 

  • Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) February 16, 1857 - May 21, 1867

  • Atlas & Argus (Albany, New York) January 1, 1860 - December 3, 1865

  • Burlington Daily Hawkeye (Burlington, Iowa) January 1860 - December 1865

  • Cairo City Weekly Gazette (Cairo City, Illinois) February 1861 - February 1862

  • Cairo War Eagle & Daily Evening Extra (Cairo City, Illinois) November 18, 1864 - April 21, 1865

  • Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) 1849 - 1901, 1957 - present.
    Note: The location for the Chicago Tribune is Mugar Mfilm NEWSPAPER.

  • Chicago Weekly Democrat (Chicago, Illinois) November 26, 1833 - July 27, 1861

  • Cincinnati Daily Commercial (Cincinnati, Ohio) April 12, 1861 - December 30, 1865

  • Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, Ohio) November 1, 1859 - December 30, 1865

  • Columbia City News (Columbia City, Indiana) January 6, 1859 - February 23, 1864

  • The Constitution (Keokuk, Iowa) March 6, 1862 - February 17, 1866

  • La Crosse Daily Union and Democrat (La Crosse, Wisconsin) October 15, 1859 - December 30, 1865

  • Daily Alta Californian (San Francisco, California) January 4, 1849 - December 31, 1865

  • Daily Evening Bulletin (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) December 14, 1857 - March 23, 1866

  • Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) January 1, 1860 - December 31, 1865

  • Easton Argus (Easton, Pennsylvania) March 19, 1857 - December 21, 1865

  • Easton Free Press (Easton, Pennsylvania) June 2, 1859 - December 27, 1866

  • Easton Sentinel (Easton, Pennsylvania) April 27, 1849 - December 30, 1869

  • Evening Day Book (New York, New York) January 19, 1852 - August 29, 1861

  • The Evening Star (Washington, DC) September 29, 1859 - April 30, 1866

  • Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (New York, New York) December 15, 1855 - December 1900

  • Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) March 18, 1861 - December 25, 1868

  • Hartford Daily Courant (Hartford, Connecticut) January 1858 - December 1865

  • Hartford Weekly Times (Hartford, Connecticut) January 2, 1847 - December 31, 1884

  • Haverhill Gazette (Haverhill, Massachusetts) July 26, 1851 - December 31, 1869

  • Joliet Signal (Joliet, Illinois) January 1, 1861 - December 22, 1864

  • Mahoning Sentinel (Youngstown, Ohio) April 19, 1860 - November 3, 1864

  • National Era (Washington, DC) 1847 - 1860

  • National Principia (New York, New York) 1859 - 1866

  • New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, New Hampshire) November 3, 1827 - December 1957

  • New York Herald (New York, New York) January 1860 - December 1865

  • The New York Times (New York, New York) 1851 - present.
    Note: The location for The New York Times is Mugar Mfilm NEWSPAPER.

  • New York Tribune (New York, New York) January 1857 - December 1866

  • The Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) September 21, 1859 - January 19, 1866

  • Sunday Mercury (New York, New York) October 10, 1841 - September 15, 1867

  • True American and Mahoning Register (Youngstown, Ohio) February 14, 1855 - August 23, 1866

  • Washington Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC) 1800 - January 16, 1866

  • Wilmington Daily Journal (Wilmington, Delaware) January 2, 1860 - July 14, 1866

  • Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) June 17, 1868 - December 31, 1894

  • Camp Kettle (Beaufort, South Carolina) January 7, 1862 and May 1, 1862
    Note: This is on the reel for the Free South. Charleston Daily Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) December 5, 1864 - April 5, 1873 Charleston Mercury (Charleston,
    South Carolina) January 1, 1822 - November 16, 1868 Daily Southern Guardian (Columbia, South Carolina) April 6, 1858 - May 10, 1870 Note: These reels are filed under "Southern Guardian".

  • Free South (Port Royal, South Carolina) January 17, 1863 - November 19, 1864
    Note: This reel also contains the New South, the Palmetto Herald, the Camp Kettle, and the Hospital Transcript.

  • Hospital Transcript (Hilton Head, South Carolina) July 8, 1865
    Note: This is on the reel for the Free South.

  • Memphis Daily Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee) July 18, 1857 - December 30, 1877

  • New Orleans Bee (New Orleans, Louisiana) January 1, 1858 - December 30, 1865

  • New Orleans Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana) January 25, 1837 - October 6, 1876

  • New South (Port Royal, South Carolina) March 15, 1862 - September 29, 1866; and issue for March 7, 1895
    Note: This is on the reel for the Free South.

  • Palmetto Herald (Port Royal, South Carolina) March 17, 1864 - December 24, 1864
    Note: This is on the reel for the Free South.

  • Richmond Daily Whig (Richmond, Virginia) January 1860 - December 1865

  • Southern Confederacy and Gate City Guardian (Atlanta, Georgia)

    • Gate City Guardian: February
      12, 1861 - March 2, 1861

    • Southern Confederacy: March 4,
      1861 - February 8, 1865

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