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Newspapers and News Media

About Historical Newspapers

Boston University subscribes to a few individual newspaper titles that have searchable archives (listed as 'single title subscriptions'), below. These titles are, for the most part, image-based - that is, you can see the original full page of the newspaper and see text in context, along with any accompanying photos. When a photo is missing, it is because the photographer has not given the publisher permission to reproduce the photo in digital format. We also have a number of newspaper titles in microfilm, and the photos are not redacted in that format. 

For microfilm holdings, see "Major Newspapers on MIcrofilm".
Originally published in the Boston Centinel, 1812
This image found in  America's Historical Newspapers Source: Boston Commercial Gazette, published as BOSTON GAZETTE.  (Boston, Massachusetts)  •  03-26-1812  •  Page [2]

Newspaper Databases

Single title subscriptions:


​Databases (multiple titles):

Finding Newspapers by Title

  •     Try searching BU Libraries Search by newspaper name; in addition to individual subscriptions, some newspapers that are part of larger collections are listed there.
    Unfortunately, searching by keyword will not locate most newspaper articles.

  •     WorldCat Discovery will help you identify regional newspaper collections by newspaper title, which may be available (usually as microfilm reels) through Interlibrary loan.

Microfilm? What's that?

  In the basement of Mugar you will find Microfilm readers, which can now make free digital copies in multiple formats. If you chose, you can also make print copies for a small charge.

About the Boston Herald Morgue

The Pickering Educational Resources Library maintains a collection of newspaper clippings, which up until 1972 belonged to the Boston Herald. The clippings are from a variety of Boston newspapers, dating from the late 1800s to the early 1980s. The clippings are filed by subject and name. The files containing clippings on other subjects are stored in file cabinets and boxes in the Peter Fuller building on Commonwealth Avenue. This collection is available for use by the general public and by the Boston University community. To gain access to the part of the collection that is stored in Fuller, please contact the Pickering Library @ (617) 353-3734 or visit the library for assistance.  The education librarian, Dan Benedetti, can also be contacted directly to answer questions or to schedule more in-depth research consultations.