Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers, 1833-2004 by Donald E. Oehlerts and James L. Hansen.
Prison Newspaper Collection by Randi J. Ramsden
Cuban Refugee Camp Newspaper Collection by James P. Danky and Randi J. Ramsden
The Wisconsin Historical Society houses an extensive collection of historic and contemporary newspapers, surpassed in size only by the Library of Congress. The collection includes publications from every state and Canadian province dating from 1704 to the present in form of about 12,000 bound volumes, 150,000 reels of microfilm and a fast-growing number of digital pages. The approximately 8,000 historic titles archived comprise the largest collection of African American, Native American, and military base newspapers in the country. Moreover, the first Spanish-language newspaper published in the U.S., El Misisipi, can be found along with a vast amount of local foreign-language publications in Czech, Dutch, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Yiddish.
This guide will help you understand what is available through the Wisconsin Historical Society and how to access our newspapers. Additionally, visit the section on Chronicling America to learn about our participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program.
Microfilm Newspaper Collection
The Society owns over 150,000 reels of microfilm, including a rich and diverse collection of Wisconsin newspapers, colonial and early American newspapers west of the Appalachians, and the largest collection of labor and trade union papers in the nation. This also includes a full run of the New York Times.
Microfilm is arranged by call number, not by newspaper title or date. Find the call number in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library Catalog.
Print Newspaper Collection
The society has a continually growing collection of over 230 weekly newspapers. All titles are in the catalog, but the newest issues in a series may not appear on the catalog record. Please contact a librarian for assistance locating a title. Search titles here.
Online Newspaper Access
The Society's Library has subscriptions to several newspaper databases available on the Library's public computers. Access from computers inside the Historical Society Reading Room, or through your NetID. Major digital collections include:
19th Century U.S. Newspapers via UW Madison Libraries
Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) via Readex
Chicago Tribune (1849-1988) via Proquest Historical Newspapers
New York Times (1851-2008) via Proquest Historical Newspapers
Los Angeles Times (1881-1988) via Proquest Historical Newspapers
Chronicling America: Historical American Newspapers
Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963, and use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is a FREE database that can be used anywhere.