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Canebrake Rifle Guards
02-16-2009, 07:56 AM

I'm in need of some online 19th C. newspaper archives. 1840s - 1860s. Especially Southern. I know there are some floating out there, can you post for me your favorites?

Thank you,

Greg Starbuck

02-16-2009, 08:08 AM
I'm sure you know about this archive at the Library of Virginia but just in case, here's the link:
Also, here's a page full of The Richmond Dispatch
Hope this helps....if you look around on that website a little you will also find articles from The Richmond Whig and The New York Times.

Carolann Schmitt
02-16-2009, 08:42 AM
Vicki Betts has transcribed a number of southern newspapers available at

Jeremy Bevard
02-16-2009, 08:47 AM
While not southern I thought I would put it out here for someone that may not have found it yet.

The New York Times archives for 1851-1980.


02-16-2009, 09:09 AM
"Nineteenth Century American" and "Nineteenth Century British Newspapers." Both are subscriber-only sites, but, if you're looking for something in particular, shoot me a PM and I'll see what I can dig up.


Mark Jaeger

02-16-2009, 09:11 AM

The University of Richmond has hundreds of transcriptions available from the Richmond Daily Dispatch:


As Luke pointed out, Mike Gorman's Civil War Richmond site, is a treasure for anything relating to both the War and Richmond...and I don't hesitate to search beyond the link which has been posted for that site.

Personally I'm in search of Newspapers which may have circulated from the following Virginia Counties/Cities: Amelia, Albermarle, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Halifax, Louisa, Lynchburg, Goochland and Pittsylvania.

Paul B.

J. Donaldson
02-16-2009, 09:15 AM
Newspaperarchive.com is the subscription service I use. It's a little pricey, but I've had very good results with it. I don't know about other services, but this allows you to download .pdfs of pages.

Carolann Schmitt
02-16-2009, 10:43 AM
Two more sources:

Accessible Archives is a subscription database that has several antebellum and Civil War era newspapers (as well as the complete run of Godey's Lady's Book). http://www.accessible.com/accessible/

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle can be found at http://eagle.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/Default/Skins/BEagle/Client.asp?Skin=BEagle

02-16-2009, 12:20 PM
The Valley of the Shadow has newspapers and other information for Augusta County Virginia from 1859 - 1870


Kevin French

02-16-2009, 01:29 PM

nines.org is an organization dedicated to digitizing nineteenth-century primary source material and scholarship.

02-16-2009, 02:13 PM

This has some early Missouri newspapers:-


and this link will take you to the "New Orleans Bee":-


07-21-2009, 04:29 PM
Yes, besides the link Carolann Schmitt posted, this link is to a page with more work compiled by Vicki Betts. http://www.uttyler.edu/vbetts/newspaper_titles.htm
Nice articles and ads of the day. Thanks for the work Ma'am.

(Thanks for all link postings)

07-22-2009, 07:03 PM
There is a nice compiled list of historic newspaper sources found here:

07-24-2009, 04:59 PM
I have had a great time perusing these sources, thanks much to all
who submitted them!

07-24-2009, 08:43 PM
I didn't see this in the mix so I'll add it:
Harper's Weekly through the war...

04-20-2012, 12:32 PM
Sir and ma'am, a link above to Vicki Betts Newspaper articles no longer works, this link however will bring you to Newspaper Titles and Topical files. (http://www2.uttyler.edu/vbetts/newspaper_intro.htm)
This is a link to Vicki Betts (http://www2.uttyler.edu/vbetts/) page.

04-20-2012, 01:16 PM
You might also go to Google Books and look for DeBow's Revue. There is some in there, but you will need to sort through the books that site them as references.

Hank Trent
04-20-2012, 08:21 PM
Didn't see this one mentioned:


Also, don't forget plain old Google News. It includes both paid and free newspapers, and the machine-read indexing is horrible, but there's sometimes good stuff free. Here's the search results for 1862 articles with the keyword Shiloh:


Anybody know of a free online source for the Richmond Whig in the antebellum period? It and a lot of other newspapers are available at www.genealogybank.com, and I may just need to break down and get a subscription, but if it's free somewhere...

Hank Trent

Annette Bethke
04-22-2012, 06:22 PM
Yes, Vicki's unversity changed their webpage including her address. You can find it now at