Resource of the Month
May 2007


Each month WSU Libraries' Department of Collection Development features a "Resource of the Month" designed to highlight some of the library's new, interesting, under-used, large, unique, or otherwise noteworthy collections and resources.  You can learn more about the "Resource of the Month" on this website, from the display in the reference area, by attending a workshop (if available), or by contacting the Reference Desk at 978-3584.

If you are interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month," check the archive.

America's Historical Newspapers

America's Historical Newspapers covers the years 1690-1922 with newspapers from all 50 states.  This database was created through partnerships with the American Antiquarian Society, the Library of Congress, the Wisconsin Historical Society and more than 90 other institutions.  It enables researchers to explore virtually every aspect of America before 1923, providing more than 1,300 titles.

Upcoming Workshops

America's Historical Newspapers
Workshops in Room 217
May 24 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Thursday

The workshop is free and although registration is not necessary to attend, it helps assure there are enough handouts.  For more information or to register, contact Dr. Lorraine Madway, University Curator and Archivist and History Librarian at lorraine.madway@wichita.edu or 978-3590. 

How Do I Access America's Historical Newspapers?

There is a link on the WSU Libraries' website under Electronic Resources / Electronic Databases.  You have the option of looking for it under the subject links or the alphabetic links (http://library.wichita.edu/colldev/electrondatabase.htm).  If you are accessing America's Historical Newspapers from off-campus you will be prompted to enter your myWSU ID number and password for authentication purposes.

Why Should I Use America's Historical Newspapers?

Students and scholars alike can explore virtually every aspect of America from 1690-1922 using America's Historical Newspapers.  Selection of newspaper titles was supervised by a distinguished academic advisory board of librarians, curators, and historians.  The historical significance of each newspaper and the diverse political positions of the period were considered during the selection process.

Newspapers document the life and times of a community, a region and a nation.  Early newspapers not only included the news but opinions, letters, poetry, election returns, legislative information, advertisements, prices, as well as marriage and death notices.  As the time went on, newspapers began to emphasize society, investigative journalism, science and industry, and human-interest stories more.  After the Civil War more daily newspapers began to appear.  By the 20th century newspapers offered in-depth reporting on foreign and domestic events.

Features of America's Historical Newspapers

  • Over 1,300 American newspapers published between 1690 and 1922
  • Newspapers from all 50 states
  • Depth of geographic and historical coverage
  • Over nine million fully searchable pages
  • Easily view, magnify, print and save digital facsimiles

Related Websites

For assistance with America's Historical Newspapers, contact Wichita State University Libraries' Research Services Desk at 978-3584.


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