Historical

Selected historical news sources, available online

These are only some of the newspaper titles and databases available at McGill.

Local


Single title:

La Presse (1928-2013)
The paper has transitioned from daily printed editions to a primarily digital format. It is now only printed on Saturdays.

Le Devoir (1920-2011)
Daily independent newspaper from Montreal founded by Henri Bourassa.

Montreal Gazette (1985- Current)
The main English-language daily newspaper published in Montreal. Pre-1985 issues may be available in microform, please see the page Finding Newspapers.

Tumivut (1990-2000)
A publication of the Avataq Cultural Institute, an organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of the language and culture of Nunavik Inuit from Northern Quebec.

 

Multiple title databases:

Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly (Gale)
Covers millions of articles on a broad range of subjects related to Canada, from both large and small Canadian and international periodicals. Includes many regional Canadian newspapers. Indexed from 1980 to present; Full-text articles from 1983 to present.

Paper of Record
An archive of historical newspapers, searchable by location. It includes Quebec newspapers from Montreal, Quebec City, Saint-Hyacinthe, Sorel and Stanstead.

Revues et journaux Québécois (BAnQ)
An extensive collection of Quebec newspapers, some of which have full-text search enabled. Includes the Quebec Mercury (1804-1803)and Le Courrier de St-Hyacinthe (1853-2007).

National and North American


National: Single title, arranged by province

Alberta

Calgary Herald (1988-Present)
Content is delayed one day. First published as The Calgary Herald, Mining and Ranche Advocate and General Advertiser in 1883.

Edmonton Journal (1989-Present)
Content is delayed one day. It was called the Evening Journal until 1911.

British Columbia

China Times (1915-1992)
First published in Vancouver in 1914, it covered both local information and news about China and Asia. By Simon Fraser University.

Vancouver Sun (1987-Present)
Content is delayed one day. The Sun was founded in 1912.

The British Colonist (1858-1951)
Published in Victoria, it was the leading newspaper for B.C. until the 1890s.

Manitoba

Winnipeg Free Press (1991-Present)
This link shows all articles. To change the date range, click on "Modify Search" on the top right, and than choose an option under the drop down menu labeled "Date" located under the search bar. For more information on using Factiva, please see our Factiva search guide.

Winnipeg Tribune (1890-1978)
One of western Canada's oldest newspapers, it ran from 1890 to 1980.

New Brunswick

L'Évangeline Database
Summaries and indexes of articles in French from 1887 to 1957, L'Évangeline was a major Acadian newspaper. From the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.

There are currently few digitized versions of individual historical New Brunswick newspapers available online, however we have several titles on microform. Please see the page on Microform for more information on how to access these resources.

Newfoundland

Western Star (1900-1952)
Western Newfoundland's only daily newspaper. Founded in 1900 and still published.

Northwest Territories

We receive the News/North newspaper in print, but we currently do not have access to their online archive. However, we have back issues in print between 2004 to the present. Some issues are in storage. You can ask a librarian how to access these.

Nova Scotia

The Chronicle-Herald (1982-Present)
Content is delayed 1 day. Full text searching is available back to 2014, and then citations or abstract are available from 1982 until 2001. After this period, we have no coverage until 2014.

Micmac News (1965-1991)
An important example of Mi’kmaw print culture.

Nunavut

Nunatsiaq News Online (1995-2009)
We have additional print back issues in storage at the library. You can ask a librarian how to access these.

Ontario

The Globe and Mail (1844-2013)
A national Canadian newspaper, based in Toronto. Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Toronto Star (1894-2014)
Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Prince Edward Island

The Guardian (1890-1965)
Coverage varies per year. We also have access to Guardian articles from 1997 to the present (delayed one day) through Eureka.cc. (You can access all articles from the Guardian by using Advanced search to add The Guardian as a source, and then pressing "Search" without adding anything in the search box.)

Saskatchewan

Le Patriote de l'Ouest (1910-1941)
French language newspaper from Saskatchewan. Later merged with a Winnipeg newspaper to become Liberté et le patriote.

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (1996-Present)
Content is delayed one day.

Regina Leader-Post (2008-Present)
First published as The Leader in 1883, it later merged with the Regina Evening Post in 1920, before publishing both under the current title in th3 1930s.

Yukon

Whitehorse Star (1999-Present)
Content is delayed one day. Additional back issues can be found at the Yukon Digital Archives.

 

National: Multiple title databases:

BC Historical Newspapers
Digitized versions of historical papers from around the province. The titles date from 1865 to 1994. By the University of British Columbia.

INK-ODW Newspapers Collection
52 community newspapers from Southern Ontario. Coverage is not complete, dates range from early 1800s to the 2000s.

Island Newspapers
A digitization project carried out by the Robertson Library at UPEI along with other partners. Currently covers the years 1900-1962.

Manitobia
A source for digital resources on Manitoba history, it includes maps, books, photographs as well as historical newspapers.

Memorial University of Newfoundland - Digital Archive Initiative: NL Newspapers A collection of newspapers from across the province. Full-text searchable.

Multicultural Canada
A digitization project to document the lives of minority cultural groups, it includes newspapers published by these groups from across Canada.

New Brunswick Newspaper Directory 1783-1996
Hosted by the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.

Nova Scotia Historical Newspapers
Hosted by the Nova Scotia Archives. Dates range from 1769-2002, but coverage is not complete.

Paper of Record
An archive of historical newspapers, searchable by location, with many newspapers, especially smaller ones, from Canada.

Peel's Prairie Provinces
A resource for western Canadian history which has fully searchable newspapers from many communities. By the University of Alberta.

Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online
This collection has been created in collaboration between the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan and Sask History Online (SHO).

Saskatchewan News Index
You can use this index to find news stories published in Saskatchewan newspapers from 1884 to the 2004

University of Manitoba Digital Collections
Digitized versions of several Manitoban newspapers.

Yukon Digital Archives
The Yukon Archives has all types of archival records in its collection, including books, photographs and sound recordings, as well as almost 600 historic newspaper issues available online.

 


United States:

Single title:

Atlanta Constitution (1868-1945)
Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Boston Globe (1872-1982)
Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Chicago Defender (1910-1975)
Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Chicago Tribune (1849-1986)
Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Christian Science Monitor (1908 to 2000)
Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

New York Times
We have multiple sources for this newspaper.
Wall Street Journal
We have multiple sources for this newspaper.

 

Multiple Title databases:

17th-18th Century Burney Collection newspapers
The British Library’s collection of the newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). Includes material from several countries that were British colonies at the time.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers
Digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers

America's Historical Newspapers
Includes titles from all 50 states. Covers 1690-1922.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Contains digitized newspapers from 1836-1922 and the U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present.

Historical Jewish Press
A collection of Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods. Contains a few American newspapers, such as the B'nai B'rith Messenger.

Paper of Record
An archive of historical newspapers, searchable by location. It includes several papers from the U.S., with varying coverage.

ProQuest News & Newspapers
A list of the ProQuest databases that contain primarily newspaper articles. They can be searched individually or together. Includes many major U.S. dallies, with archives going back to the 1800's for some titles.

International


Single title:

Daily Trust (2014-present)
A privately owned newspaper from Abuja, Nigeria, and one of the largest in the area. The same publisher also produces the Weekly Trust and the Sunday Trust.

Financial Times Historical Archive (1888-2010)
Fully searchable archives of the international daily business newspaper.

The Guardian (1959-2003)
A major British left-leaning newspaper. It was known as The Manchester Guardian from 1821 to 1959.

Izvestiia (1980-present)
Moscow's newspaper of record. Founded in 1917.

The Japan Times (1991-2000)
Articles from 2002-present are also available on Factiva: The Japan Times.

Pravda (1912-2009)
The official newspaper of Soviet Communism. Founded in 1912. We also have issues of Pravda from 2003-present.

Renmin Ribao (1946-present)
Known as the People's Daily in English. To access this collection, you need to click on the click here link that appears in the phrase "Please click here to enter if your library/institute subscribes the database...", which appears underneath the newspaper title. We also have the English articles from the People's Daily Online (2010-present).

Times of India (1838-2007)
Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

 

Multiple title databases:

17th-18th Century Burney Collection newspapers
The British Library’s collection of the newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). Includes material from Europe, as well as India and the Caribbean.

17th -18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection
London newspapers and pamphlets gathered by antiquarian and printer John Nichols. This collection is from the Bodleian Library and spans the years 1672 to 1737.

Afghanistan Digital Library
Contains an issue of Shams al-nahar, the first newspaper published in Afghanistan.

Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ history and culture since 1940
The archive contains 7 collections featuring newspapers and newsletters which document LGBTQ+ history around the world.

British Library Newspapers
National and regional newspapers from the British Libraries' collection. Covers from the early 1700's to 1950.

Compact Memory: Internetarchiv Judischer Periodika
A virtual archive of 118 Jewish historical magazines and newspapers in German speaking countries from 1806 until 1938 when these were banned by the Nazis.

CRL (Center for Research Libraries) Digital Collections
Digitized newspapers, documents and ephemera from around the globe.

East View Universal Databases
A collection of various electronic resources, in particular a database of articles in English from many different newspapers from Post-Soviet Russia.

Gale NewsVault
A collection of historical newspapers, most titles are from Britain.

Gallica
The digital library of the Bibliothéque nationale de France, it hosts many French newspaper titles from around the world, including several countries in Africa as well as Haiti and Turkey.

Historical Jewish Press
A collection of Jewish newspapers published in various countries, languages, and time periods. Includes titles from Europe, North Africa and parts of the Middle East.

International Coalition on Newspapers
This page links to many historical newspaper digitization digitization projects around the world.

Paper of Record
Searchable archive of historical newspapers from Europe, Australia, and the Americas. Coverage varies, from the mid-1800s to 2000s.

Papers Past
Digitized New Zealand and Pacific Papers from the 19th and 20th centuries. By the National Library of New Zealand.

ProQuest Historical Newspaper: Chinese Newspaper Collection
Various English language newspaper from China, including The Chinese Repository (1832-1851), The North China Herald (1850-1941) and The China Press (1925-1938).

Trove
Access to over 1000 Australian newspapers from each state and territory, with new material added daily. From the National Library of Australia.

World Newspaper Archive (Readex)
Digitized historical newspapers from South Asia and North America.

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