Answered By: Ruth Steele
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2023     Views: 657

A few suggestions:

Local public libraries, including Bellingham Public Library (BPL)

  • Overview information about newspaper access via BPL: https://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org/digital-library/newspapers 
  • Bellingham Herald access through BPL:
    • BPL cardholders can access digitized 1903-1923 issues of the Bellingham Herald as part of its “Newspapers.com – West Collection”. More information and access for card-holders available under the “Search Historic Newspapers” tab of BPL's Newspapers webpage
    • BPL card-holders can access full-text of Bellingham Herald articles in Newsbank (1999-current) under the "Browse or Search Local Newspapers" tab of BPL's Newspapers webpage
    • The Bellingham Herald is indexed from July 1, 1992 to December 31, 2005. A print index for the Bellingham Herald covering January 1988 through June 30, 1992 is available at the Bellingham Public Library and other local institutions.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Project supported by the Library of Congress and National Endowment for the Humanities, providing online access to select newspaper titles that have been microfilmed. Not all newspaper titles are represented here, and due to copyright concerns, content is typically dated 1923 or earlier.  

Washington State Library Newspaper Collections:

  • Washington State Library (WSL) collections include current issues on paper and historic newspapers on microfilm. WSL holds the main depository of microfilmed historical newspapers for Washington State - most microfilmed newspapers can be borrowed on InterLibrary Loan through your local library. 
  • Online access to a growing number of digitized titles (including some from Whatcom and Skagit counties, and some late twentieth and twenty-first century content) digitized and searchable online.

Washington State Union List of Newspapers on Microfilm. Guide to newspaper holdings published in 1991 by the Washington State Library.

Western Washington University Libraries' Online subscription newspapers

Western Washington University - Western Libraries Microform Collection.  Contains a variety of newspapers, listed by title in the Libraries' online catalog. 

Western Washington University's 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 - in some cases due to fragility of originals, staff may advise using microform or other copies).

Western Washington University's MABEL (digital collections) platform, includes: