Wikipedia:Free English newspaper sources

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This is a list of text-searchable, free (no-pay, non-subscription/-membership/-login) online English newspaper sources. As a rule, entries on this list access thousands or millions of newspaper pages; they are intended to provide a significant resource to aid in article building. Websites that provide only limited free material, thus cutting off the bulk of a much larger database, such as The New York Times, are not included.


  • BC Historical Newspapers (1865–1993) 35 British Columbia newspapers provided by University of British Columbia
  • Boston College newspaper collection (1888–2013) – provides that it contains 93,254 pages
  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle – Digitization of the historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, from October 26, 1841 to December 31, 1902; approximately 147,000 pages.
  • California Digital Newspaper Collection – provides that it contains 2,046,273 pages.
  • Caribbean Newspaper Digitization Project (titles from various countries, 1900–present) archive of historic and current newspapers from the Caribbean
  • Chronicling America – Digitization project of the U.S. Library of Congress; a smorgasbord of American newspapers published between 1836 and 1922; approximately 5,200,000 pages.
  • Elephind – text searchable free database of approximately 2,700 newspapers.
  • Northern New York Library Network, overlapping some of Old Fulton's content but smaller (about 2,000,000 pages) and providing a different search interface.
  • Old Fulton NY Post Cards – A private digitization project; contains over 21,000,000 old New York State historical newspaper pages.
  • New York State Historic Newspaper Project
  • Manitobia (1869–present) 38 Manitoban newspapers provided by Department of Canadian Heritage
  • North Carolina Newspapers (1824–2011)
  • Papers Past – Digitization project of the National Library of New Zealand; over 2,000,000 New Zealand newspaper pages.
  • The European Library – text searchable free database of approximately 3.3 million European newspaper pages; a project funded under the European Commission's CIP 2007–2013 programme.
  • Trove – Digitization project of the National Library of Australia; over 5,000,000 Australian newspaper pages.

Accessing Google News Archive

Google News Archive has been broken since 2013.

This has crippled a major resource Wikipedia editors relied on. It is possible instead to go to a regular Google (web) search interface and place in the text, together with your search terms,, but this is vastly less powerful than the former direct interface: it has far less content than formerly, and there is no way to target a search between dates. Note that the instructions at this Google support page to target dates will not work unless you do a general web search (without the delimiter in your search described above), which will include the newspaper results between specific dates, but also everything else.

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