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American History

This guide provides quick access to the best resources at WU for conducting research related to U.S. History..

Historical Newspaper Resources


Online Resources

Newspapers on Microfilm

The Newspaper Microfilm section can be found on the Main Level of the Wolfgram Library. We also provide access to Microform Reader/Printer for our patrons use. There is no cost for printing from these machines.

Newspapers at Nearby Libraries

Library Website: University of Pennsylvania-Van Pelt Library

View Library Hours

Access Policy: On weekdays and evenings prior to 10:00 pm, visitors must show ID and sign the log book. Access is restricted on weekends and holidays, but students can call for special permission.

List of available newspapers:

  • The Afro-American (Baltimore) 1893- 1971
  • Chicago Record 1893-1901
  • New York Herald 1840-1851
  • North American (Philadelphia) 1801-1899
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Public Ledger; The Philadelphia Inquirer 1934 - 1969
  • The Philadelphia Tribune 1912- 2006
  • The Sun (Baltimore) 1874-1913
  • The Times (Philadelphia) 1875-1902
  • Village Voice 1955-Current

Library Website: Free Library of Philadelphia 

Access Policy: As a public library, access is unrestricted at all hours the library is open.

List of available newspapers:

  • The Afro-American (Baltimore) 1934-1987
  • Los Angeles Times 1975 - 2008
  • San Francisco Chronicle 1978-1991
  • Washington Post 1974 - Current
  • The Washington Post, Times Herald 1960-1973


Library Website: University of Delaware - Morris Library

Access Policy: Students can have unrestricted use of library materials during regular library hours (View Hours )

List of available newspapers:

  • Evening Journal (Wilmington, DE) 1960-1988
  • Morning News (Wilmington, DE) 1966-1989
  • News Journal (Wilmington, DE) 1989 - Current
  • Wilmington Morning News (Wilmington, DE) 1913-1966

Library Website: West Chester University-Frances Harvey Green Library 

Access Policy: Students must show ID. They can use library materials during regular library hours. (View Hours)

List of available newspapers:

  • New York Herald 1835-1924

Library Website: Temple University-Paley Library  

Access Policy: Students must show ID upon entering the library. They will then have unrestricted use of materials during regular library hours. (View Hours)

List of available newspapers: 

  • New-York Mirror 1823-1842
  • The Philadelphia Tribune 1885 - Current


Website: Delaware County Historical Society (DCHS)

  • Chester Times/Delaware County Daily Times 1876-1974
  • Delaware County Advocate 1869-1939 (some gaps)
  • Delaware County American 1855-1873; 1890-1911
  • Delaware County Democrat 1889-1912

Library Website: Library Company of Philadelphia 

Access Policy: The Library is open free to the public.

General Information & Reading Room: (215) 546-3181 or

Print Department: (215) 546-8229 or

Fax: (215) 546-5167

Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, Pa. 19107

We are located on Locust Street, between Broad Street and 13th Street in Center City Philadelphia, a few blocks from City Hall and one block east of the Academy of Music. There are several parking lots nearby.

List of available newspapers: 

  • The Saturday Evening Post 1823-28; 1831-32; 1850; 1851-52; etc.