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As librarians, we often receive the question:
Where can I find Indiana newspapers online?
While the Indiana State Library does have the single largest collection of Indiana newspapers in the world, the vast majority must still be viewed on microfilm.
There are some limited Indiana newspapers digitized and online; but, as does the digital world, these collections are frequently changing. Some available resources are:
INSPIRE, a collection of databases and other online resources available FREE to Indiana residents through the Indiana State Library, does host two online newspaper sources. While certainly not comprehensive, many Indiana newspapers can be found here, particularly more recent years.
Newspaper Source (EBSCO product): “Provides cover-to-cover full text for 20 national (U.S.)
& international newspapers, including The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc.”
McClatchy-Tribune Collection (EBSCO product): “90-day archive of approximately 100
newspapers from the McClatchy-Tribune Collection. Titles include: The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, The Orlando Sentinel, and The Sacramento Bee.”
Indiana Memory, Indiana’s digital library, is a freely accessible collaboration of Indiana libraries, museums, archives, and related cultural organizations. These collections are continually being updated and include:
Dearborn County Papers
Dearborn County Register, 4/9/1842
Indiana Palladium, 11/18/1825
Indiana Farmer [through Purdue Univ.]
1851 to 1917
Indianapolis News, 1869-1892 [through IUPUI]
Indianapolis Recorder [through IUPUI]
1899 to 2005 [Missing 1917 to 1925, and January to April of 1932]
Muncie Times [through Ball State Univ.]
1991 to present
Greencastle - Daily Banner [through DePauw University]
1970 to present
Ball State University Student Newspaper collection
1922 to present
Our own Indiana newspaper digitization project is a work in progress. Through a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), we will have about 100,000 historic newspaper pages searchable through the Library of Congress' website sometime in the next couple years.
The newspapers are hosted at the Library of Congress website called “Chronicling America”
The current Indiana titles included are found here.
Many other newspaper archives are available through online commercial vendors, unaffiliated with the Indiana State Library. These require a paid subscription:
Newspaper Archive (This database is accessible onsite at the Indiana State Library)
Ancestry (The Library edition is accessible from onsite at the Indiana State Library)
Newsbank (more for institutional usage, such as public libraries, schools, etc.)
Footnote (currently Fort Wayne papers)
Gale Digital Collections Online – 19th Century Newspapers
(There was no title list at this time 4/4/13.)
ProQuest Titles, some online
Ohio Memory Collection
If you have specific questions about newspaper coverage within these subscriptions, feel free to contact the Newspaper Librarian at the Indiana State Library at 317-232-3670.
IN AS 12-12-2013