Answered By: Ruth Steele
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016     Views: 213

  • There are a variety of ways to locate historic newspapers, so please check with a librarian or archivist if you need assistance!

    A few suggestions:
  • Newspaper Guide.  A guide to current and historical national and international newspapers in print, online, and microform collections at Western Libraries.
  • Western Libraries Microform Collection.  Contains a variety of newspapers, listed by title in the Libraries' online catalog.
  • Online databases for newspapers (see link below).
  • Center for Pacific Northwest Studies Newspaper Collection. An extensive collection of local area newspapers dating from the late 1870s to 1980s (most are in original form). Can be accessed at WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. 
  • Bellingham Public Library and/or the Whatcom County Library System. Holdings include some local area newspapers. The Bellingham Public Library website provides an online index to select copies of the Bellingham Herald and Bellingham Bay Business Journal - note this index is for a limited time-span only, and does not provide full-text searching of articles. A print index to issues of the Herald (1988-1992) is available at the Bellingham Public Library and in the Archives Building Reference Library.
  • Washington State Library Newspaper Collections. Washington State Library collections include current issues on paper and historic newspapers on microfilm with some searchable online.  Note that many of these microfilmed newspapers may be borrowed via InterLibrary Loan. The Washington State Library's ongoing "Online Pioneer Newspaper" project provides access to a LIMITED number of Washington newspapers from the Territorial Period.
  • Washington State Union List of Newspapers on Microfilm. Published in 1991 by the Washington State Library.
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Project supported by the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • WWU student newspapers. Copies of the Western Front and its predecessors are available at Western Libraries Special Collections and/or online as part of Western Libraries' Digital Collections.  
  • Newsletters/newspapers from local or regional clubs and organizations (or clippings on local history topics) may be available through Western Libraries' Heritage Resources programs.