Free newspaper archives in
The Land of Lincoln has a substantial and growing collection of online historical newspapers that you can access at no charge (hence, it warrants a separate page here at XooxleAnswers). If you know of other collections we should add, please sent us a note.
Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection, 1831-2011, at the University of Illinois
A growing collection with about 45 newspapers most from Illinois, but a few from elsewhere, containing over 7 million articles, in full page image format, with full text searching.
Flora Public Library Digital Newspapers, 1883-1926 (southern Illinois).
An intermittent collection, including the Southern Illinois Record, and Flora Journal Record.
The Sterling, IL Newspaper Archives, 1854-2007.
Includes the Sterling Gazette, Sauk Valley Sunday, and others.
Dziennik Zwiazkowy, a Polish language newspaper from Chicago, 1908-1917
Browse by date, no text searching. Site interface is in Polish and English.
The Farm, Field and Fireside Collection at the University of Illinois, 1841-1939.
What a lovely find. A century of rural newspapers geared towards farmers. Publications seem to be mostly weeklies from Illinois, but include other states as well. Newspapers include Better Farming, Farmers Voice, Illinois Farmer, Prarie Farmer, and even the Farmer’s Wife.
North Surburban Library System, IL (outside of Chicago).
Incredible mish mash of thousands of newspaper articles, along with other digital archives, but no real description…you just have to browse around to see what’s what.
Forest Park Review, 1917-2009
Courtesy of the Forest Park Public Library (thanks to an alert reader, who notified us that this is not a free archive, but is part of the NewspaperArchive.com subscription service).
Chicago Examiner, 1908-1918 (incomplete)
A limited collection from the Chicago Public Library, but at least it includes the Cubs in the World Series! Their full-text searching option is a bit hard to find.
New The Sentinel, 1911-1949
A Jewish weekly published in Chicago
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New Niles, IL, 1957-2012, includes the Bugle and the Herald-Spectator, courtesy of the Niles Public Library.
NewspaperArchive Not free, but you can find additional New Jersey newspapers from the mid-1800’s to the present day. This subscription service is an excellent and rich collection, and well worth a visit.
Ancestry.com This is the internet’s most powerful tool for exploring your family history. It’s a subscription service, but there’s no better source for genealogy research.
Illinois State Archives Illinois has several different digital archive sites with some very helter-skelter but very rich content, including many newspaper clippings and historical newsletters. Definitely worth a look.
More historical archives and research materials can be found at these excellent resources: