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Newspapers : Alternative/Ethnic

Sources of current and historical newspapers available in print, electronically, and on microform through the UW-Madison Libraries and beyond.

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Alternative News Sites


Newspapers at Other Institutions

Search these sources for newspapers at other institutions. Use Interlibrary Loan to request newspapers held by these institutions. Newspapers will likely be on microfilm.

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Alternative/Ethnic News Databases

Current Newspapers in Print

Current issues of U.S., Canadian, and international newspapers are available in the Current Periodicals and Newspaper Room, Memorial Library, Room 240 (Where is it?). Issues of U.S. and Canadian newspapers are generally kept for only one week, and issues of international newspapers are generally kept for only 3 months.

Current Periodicals and Newspapers Room staff maintains several paper lists of journals and newspapers to help users of the room locate what they need. Some of those lists are:

  • Alphabetical list of journals and newspapers
  • Journals and newspapers by country of publication
  • Journals and newspapers by primary language

Please note that these lists are only updated once a semester so while they can be helpful, the most up to date information will always be found in the Library Catalog.

Current and historical newspapers are also available at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.

Historical Black Newspapers Online

For the newspapers available through ProQuest Historical Newspapers collections listed below, digital reproductions of every page and every article from every issue are fully searchable and available in downloadable PDF files. The digitized newspapers include news stories, editorials, letters to the editor, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, photos, and advertisements.

Historical Ethnic News Collections Online

Wisconsin Historical Society Library Newspapers Collections

The Society Library owns 11,740 bound volumes, 100,000 reels of microfilm, and 17,000 sheets of microprint spanning three centuries of American newspaper history. Particular strengths include Wisconsin newspapers, colonial and early American newspapers west of the Appalachians, and the largest collection of labor and trade union papers in the nation.

The Library's holdings of 1960s "underground" or alternative newspapers are also extensive. Other areas of the collection that have attained national importance are Native American and African-American newspapers. Among rarities in the newspaper collection are the first African-American and Native American newspapers and the first Bohemian, Dutch, Norwegian, and Spanish language newspapers published in the United States.

To discover if the library owns a particular title, search the Library Catalog.  Also see the Library Catalog box on this page.

More information about the Newspaper Collection at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.

On this Page

This page provides links to licensed databases with full text of alternate and ethnic news sources. 

Also on this page is a link to the Web site, Alternet. 

In addition, there are links to historical newspapers and newspaper collections.

Also included is information about the Wisconsin Historical Society's newspapers collections.

To search for newspaper titles in the libraries' collections, use Find It or the Library Catalog box on this page.

Current Periodicals & Newspaper Room

The Current Periodicals and Newspaper Room is Room 240 of Memorial Library (Where is it?).

Current issues of U.S. and Canadian newspapers and international newspapers are available there. Issues of U.S. and Canadian newspapers are generally kept for only one week, and issues of international newspapers are generally kept for only 3 months.

Staff are available to provide assistance during Memorial Library hours.