Historic L.I. Newspapers

Searchable or browseable newspapers, and selected collections

  • NYS Historic Newspapers:  Suffolk County, New York    Currently (March 2017) includes 18 weekly newspapers from Suffolk County, NY, plus 5 continuations of earlier newspapers under a different title. For a list of the newspapers included (a) Alphabetically by Title, (b) Chronologically, and (c) by Village of Publication, click here.  Originated as the product of a collaborative effort between Suffolk Cooperative Library System, participating Member Libraries in 9 regions of the county, Newspaper Publishers, and one Historical Society.  The latest version falls under the aegis of the State Library.  On the initial web page, newspapers are listed with a beginning and ending publication run, that may differ from the part of the run, actually digitized.   The listing "- current" simply means that the paper is still currently published.  To discover the exact span of time (minus any gaps in publication) actually digitized and appearing on the website, click on a newspaper, then look on the right side of the screen for "First issue" and "Last issue". Just above that you will also find two browsing options, and "Search this title".  (Newspaper pages are enlargeable, and articles may be printed (though, unfortunately, only a limited portion of the page may be selected and printed at a time, in the State's version.)  Note in addition to papers shown on the initial web page, there is a second page of Suffolk newspaper listings.  Also note:  You may search all newspapers at once, or limit the search to one or more papers covering the appropriate time period.   
  • Brooklyn Newsstand:  Brooklyn Daily Eagle Online, 1841-1955 (Brooklyn Public Library.  Brooklyn Collection) - Click on Brooklyn Daily Eagle:  This daily (as opposed to weekly) newspaper covered not only Brooklyn, but Long Island communities from Brooklyn to Montauk & Orient, and points in-between.  It rewards searching.  Brooklyn Public Library has just completed its 1903-1955 expansion, which is now searchable. Rapid increase in the number of pages per issue in subsequent years, renders its analysis and preparation a slower, far more labor intensive process.  See also the Eagle's Selected Subjects link(lower left-hand column) -- clickable subject areas, listed from A to W -- as well as information on the history of the newspaper, and on its digitization. 
  • Old Fulton New York Postcards (Thomas M. Tryniski) -- One of the quirkiest newspaper sites around anywhere.  Use now requires a Macromedia Flash Player.  Click "Enter", then draw your attention (away from the music, cartoon fish, balloons, and webcrawler) to the upper left-hand column:  which claims to include "37,439,000 [searchable] Old New York State Historical Newspaper Pages".  Holds many pleasant surprises and frustrations for those searching for information, e.g., on a L.I. village, town, county, outer island, personal or family name.  However, beware:  Mass downloading is forbidden by the site owner, who regularly bans transgressors from his site.  Full newspaper pages appear when you click on a promising entry, usually at 14% of the original, unreadable until enlarged.  A strange site, but an amazing, ongoing feat of digitization.  
  • Patchogue, L.I., N.Y. in the Spanish-American War (and Its Immediate Aftermath), ed. by Mark Rothenberg (Patchogue-Medford Library.  Celia M. Hastings Local History Room, Courtesy of the Long Island Advance) -- Articles and advertisements drawn from the Patchogue Advance, Jan.-Dec. 1898 - searchable using Control + F(ind). [Originally produced for the 1998 centennial commemoration of the Spanish-American War.]
  • Long Island Memories (New York State Historic Newspapers, originally prepared by the Long Island Library Resources Council) - Site under reconstruction - searchable Nassau County newspapers include:  The Observer, Farmingdale Observer, Farmingdale Post (Farmingdale, NY); Daily Review of Nassau County, Freeport News, South Side Messenger, Queens County Review, Nassau County Review, Nassau Post, The Leader 
  • Searchable at Patchogue-Medford Library (through the Library's subscription; and at many other Long Island area Libraries:  are the New York Times, historical edition, 1851-2007 and  Newsday, historical edition, 1940-1984, as well as their current editions.  Both often prove valuable sources of Long Island historical information.

-- Genealogically-oriented newspaper indexes

-- New York State-level holdings (mainly on Microfilm):

-- U.S. level-holdings

  • Historical Newspapers Online (University of Pennsylvania.  Libraries.  History Research Guides) -- Arranged alphabetically, by state; NYS is about 2/3rds of the way down the page