Newspapers, Old and New, Available at CPL

The first newspaper printed in the British colonies in America appeared on September 25, 1690. Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, which was supposed to come out monthly, was shut down by the government four days later, so only one issue was published.

The Boston News-Letter had better luck when it started publication in 1704. It stayed in print for 72 years until its owner, a Loyalist, left Boston with the British forces in 1776. You can read The Boston News-Letter and more Early American Newspapers on microfilm at Harold Washington Library Center.

Newspapers, old and new, have always been a part of CPL's collection. Looking for news? The library is the place to go.

The first Chicago newspaper, the Chicago Democrat, started in 1833. That’s just one of the many historical Chicago newspapers on microfilm that we carry. We also have underground newspapers, and neighborhood papers from 1905 to 1933.

We offer a number of local, national and international newspapers online via our Online Resources. Examples include the Chicago Tribune Historical Archive and Chicago Sun-Times/Daily Southtown.

In print, we have newspapers from every U.S. state, as well as neighborhood, suburban and ethnic newspapers from throughout the region.

Looking for something different? How about the Army Times? The Financial Times? The Art Newspaper? Gujarat Samachar? The 世界日報 World Journal? We have those, too.