Newspapers are a rewarding  source in historical and genealogical research.  But there are problems: it’s extremely difficult to find out that there was a newspaper, and then to find issues of newspapers. And there are seldom any indexes.

Chronicling America (Library of Congress)
Location: Internet (

Directory of all known newspapers in the United States and colonial America, their publishing histories, library locations and holdings. Can display listings by state. Compiled from the United States Newspaper Program (USNP).

Digitization projects are underway. The website provides access to over 680,000 newspaper pages from 9 states and the District of Columbia.

See the Chronicling America: Delaware page.

Identifying a Newspaper

Chronicling America (Library of Congress)
Location: Internet (

Union List of Newspapers in Delaware. Newark, DE: Delaware Newspaper Project, 1990.
Location: Morris Library – Reference (Ref Z6952 .D3 U54 1990) At Reference Desk

Lists detailed holdings of newspapers in libraries in Delaware, including the Delaware papers filmed for the Delaware United States Newspaper Program (USNP). Also see the Chronicling America: Delaware page (Library of Congress). The University of Delaware Library has no index to historic Delaware newspapers.

Delaware Newspapers in the University of Delaware Library (UD Library)
Location: Internet (

Lists of newspapers on microfilm at the UD Library: by title, by date, and by place.

Digital Collections

America’s Historical Newspapers (former title: Early American Newspapers)
Location: Library Databases (restricted to University of Delaware)

Database covers 1690s-1922; issues covered varies by individual newspaper.

New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers) (1851-3 years ago)
Location: Library Databases (restricted to University of Delaware)

Accessible Archives
Location: Library Databases (restricted to University of Delaware)

Database covers 1726-1902; issues covered varies by individual newspaper.

Newspapers Subject Guide (UD Library)
Location: Internet (

See Historical Newspaper Archives and the Internet and Database resources.

Library Catalogs

DELCAT or WorldCat Local
Search by title

Search by Subject: African American newspapers
Wilmington (Del.) — Newspapers

Caution: the way newspapers are listed in library catalogs has changed through the years. There is no one subject or keyword combination that will retrieve all newspapers.

Try several techniques.

Historical Newspapers: Examples

Pennsylvania Gazette
Location: Library Databases (via Accessible Archives) (restricted to University of Delaware)
Location: Library Databases (via America’s Historical Newspapers) (restricted to University of Delaware)
Location: Morris Library – Microforms (Microfilm S 26 and S 483)
Location: Morris Library (AN2 .A2 P45) facsimile ed.

Published in Philadelphia, PA. The premier paper for colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods. In colonial times, Delaware was part of Pennsylvania. Published by Benjamin Franklin 1728-1750. In colonial times, Delaware was part of Pennsylvania.

Ben Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette, January 2, 1750, p. 4.

Estate of Thomas Kenton

Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online (1841-1902)
Location: Internet (

Created by the Brooklyn Public Library. Example of an excellent digital product that is available for free on the Internet.

Abstracts: Example

Delaware Advertiser, 1827-1831: Genealogical Abstracts. By Margaret Mendenhall Frazier. Newhall, CA: C. Boyer, 1987.
Location: Morris Library (F163 .F73 1987)
Location: Morris Library – Special Collections (Del F163 .F73 1987)

A summary or quote of the information included with every name mentioned in the Delaware Advertiser in its 5 years of publication. Includes a name index.

About Newspaper Research

Research in Newspapers, by James L. Hansen,  03 October 2001. ( Learning Center)

Using Hometown Newspapers to Gather Little-Known Facts, by Roseann Reinemuth Hogan,  29 April 2000.  ( Learning Center)

More Information

Delaware Newspapers: A Research Guide (UD Library)
Location: Internet (

Chronological Tables of American Newspapers, 1690-1820: Being a Tabular Guide to Holdings of Newspapers Published in America through the Year 1820. By Edward Connery Lathem. Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1972.
Location: Morris Library Reference (Z6951 .L3)

Primary Sources | Historical Newspapers

  1. #1 by Rebecca Knight on January 11, 2012 - 3:35 pm

    This was a good reminder for me. The UD Library rearranged all of its research guides this summer and I needed to update this blog post. The new address for Delaware Newspapers information is The tabs beginning: At UD Library… are the microfilm lists that you remember.

    Additionally, see the Databases tab for historical newspapers that are available in UD Library database subscriptions.

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