Newspaper Research at the Texas State Library and Archives
Newspapers are daily or weekly publications containing news, feature articles, advertisements, and editorials. They can include announcements for events such as births, deaths, and weddings, as well as obituaries, accidents, and other events of significance.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission's newspaper collections include newspapers on microfilm, original print newspapers, and online newspaper subscriptions.
Partial page from Alamo Star, Sept. 2, 1854. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
See our newspapers on microfilm listing for reels that are available to use in person or request through interlibrary loan (ILL).
In person use. To request a hold in advance of your visit, call 512-463-5455 or email email@example.com with the specific newspaper title and date.
Interlibrary loan. If you're unable to visit us in person, your local library may submit a request on your behalf for up to five (5) microfilm reels from our collection. Ask your local library for more details about the ILL program. Find Texas libraries near you using our Find a Library tool.
Staff are unable to search newspapers on your behalf or provide you with copies. If the above options do not meet your needs, consider contacting a private researcher.
See our original newspapers listing for newspapers available to use in the Archives reading room.
The original newspapers listing is organized alphabetically by newspaper title. To search the document, hold down the Ctrl and F keys on your keyboard, then enter your search terms.
In person use. To request a hold in advance of your visit, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org with the newspaper title, date, and box number as provided in the listing.
Staff are unable to make copies or scans from our original newspapers. If you are unable to view the materials in person, consider contacting a private researcher.
Online Newspaper Subscriptions
Our library subscribes to the Texas editions of Newspapers.com and Newspaper Archive. This includes all Texas newspapers available through these databases. On site access to Newspapers.com and Newspaper Archive is available on the reading room public computers.
We also have access to Newspaper Source Plus through the TexShare Database program. TexShare Databases are available on the reading room public computers and at home to registered users of participating libraries. Check with your local library about their newspaper subscription databases.
The Portal to Texas History's Texas Digital Newspapers Program . Hosted by the University of North Texas, the Portal includes a collection of digitized newspapers that can be searched and narrowed down by county and time period.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers . A joint project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Chronicling America includes a collection of digitized historic American newspapers from 1789-1963. Includes searchable, digitized images of several Texas and ethnic newspapers.
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History's newspaper listings . Located at the University of Texas at Austin, this collection includes international, U.S., and Texas newspapers.
WorldCat.org . A catalog of library holdings worldwide, including libraries' holdings for specific newspaper titles.
The Library of Congress' U.S. Newspaper Title Directory from 1690-Present . You can search the directory by state, county, and time period. Click on a newspaper title to see a listing of libraries that may have copies.
Texas Press Association Newspaper Search . An online directory of Texas newspapers and their contact information. Current newspapers may have their own archives or back issues.
N. W. Ayer & Son newspaper directories. You can search by state and city, or browse alphabetically by newspaper title. The directories include details like: frequency, language, political affiliation, and notes on audience by religion or race. Early editions have been digitized through the Library of Congress and the University of North Texas . Copies in our collection are available for in person use and are described in our online catalog at:
N. W. Ayer & Son's American newspaper annual: 1901 & 1908
N. W. Ayer & Son's American newspaper annual and directory: 1910-1928 (incomplete)
N. W. Ayer & Son's directory of newspapers and periodicals: 1930-1965 (incomplete)
Vertical File Index. List of clipping files available at TSLAC. Includes material from newspapers, magazines, Texas documents, pamphlets, and maps with information about Texas people, places, things, and events. Additions to this collection have been discontinued.
Local libraries. Check with libraries in the area about local newspaper collections. You can search for Texas libraries using our Find a Library tool.