Historical newspapers

Historical Newspapers

Historical newspapers offer a fascinating look at our history and are an invaluable source for historians and people researching their family history and geneaology. This page offers an introduction to historical newspaper collections available at your library. See our newspapers guide for information on contemporary newspaper titles.

Viewing and searching historical newspapers

Due to the fragile nature of the paper it is generally not possible to handle the actual newspapers. Libraries around the world have been microfilming – and more recently digitising – newspapers from their archives and making them available on the web or through online subscription databases.

Finding information on a topic in a historical newspaper that has not been digitised can be difficult. Newspaper indexes can help here, although not all content will have been indexed.

Historical Newspaper Collections Online

Papers Past

Digitised NZ newspapers, periodicals, letters, diaries & parliamentary papers from 1839 to 1945. Coverage incl The Press from 1861 to 1945.

The British Newspaper Archive

Offering online access to millions of pages of British and Irish newspapers from 1703-2003. In library use only.

British Library Newspapers

British Library Newspapers cover national and regional newspapers representing British society from1732 to 1950.

The Guardian (1821-2003) and the Observer (1791-2003)

News coverage from the past two centuries from The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003).

The Irish Times (1859-2015)

Digital versions of The Irish Times (1859-2015) and the Weekly Irish Times (1876-1958).

ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Digital archive of full text and full image newspapers dating back to the 18th century.

19th Century UK Periodicals

A collection of rare online British magazines, journals & speciality newspapers that provide an in-depth view of life in the Victorian age.

Illustrated London News 1842-2003

The Illustrated London News became the world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, starting in1842.

17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspaper Collection

London newspapers and pamphlets gathered by antiquarian and printer John Nichols, from the Bodleian Library, spans the years 1672 to 1737.

17th and 18th Century Burney Newspapers Collection

The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757‒1817)

19th Century U.S. Newspapers

American newspapers from 1800s with a huge collection of urban and rural newspapers from coast to coast.

The Independent Digital Archive

A major British daily national newspaper launched in 1986 to provide a more centrist point of view in the face of more politicized rivals.

The Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2016

Access the searchable digital archive of the world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper, from 1888 to 2016.

International Herald Tribune 1887-2013

The complete archive of the International Herald Tribune 1887-2013.

The Times Digital Archive 1785-2019

Full digital version of The Times newspaper (1785-2019), the oldest daily newspaper in continuous publication.

The Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004

The historical archive of the Daily Mail includes advertisements, news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society.

Newspapers on microfilm

Microfilm is a way to preserve newspapers for future researchers — we provide microfilm readers on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga. You are able to print from any microfilm using our equipment.

  • Microfilm of The Press is from the start date of the newspaper and is received currently.
  • Microfilm of the Sunday Star Times is received currently.
  • Microfilm of The Star is complete, and our holdings are all available on microfilm.
  • Overall year dates are listed for most titles i.e. not month and day as well.
  • Microfilm holdings may be of a partial run of a newspaper, not the complete run. Runs may lack some issues.

Newspapers from around New Zealand which we do not hold but have been microfilmed can be interloaned. These newspapers are listed in the National Library publication New Zealand newspapers on microfilm.

Christchurch newspapers

The library has local newspapers from the first Lyttelton Times, through to the present day. Most of these newspapers are available on microfilm. Access these newspapers on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2, Tūranga.

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