New York State Historic Newspapers

The NYS Historic Newspapers project provides free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York’s unique history. uses the CHRONAM software platform developed by the Library of Congress Newspaper Project to provide immediate free access to millions of newspaper pages published in New York State.  Researchers may search by city, county, date, title, and full text keywords.  Metadata includes MARC records, persistent URLs, consistent file names, ABBY OCR text files, and functional METS/ALTOS.


Libraries and cultural institutions across the state are encouraged to submit their scanned historic newspapers for inclusion.  There are no hosting charges.

Scanned newspapers should meet the following minimum standards:

– PDFs (preferred) or TIFF files, with each newspaper title individually identified.

– 300 dpi/black and white (higher resolutions and grey scale permitted)

– Each page filed as: YYYYMMDD – p#

For example:
nowheresville-gazette-18590621 – 001.pdf
nowheresville-gazette-18590621 – 002.pdf
nowheresville-gazette-18590622 – 001.pdf
nowheresville-gazette-18590622 – 002.pdf

OCR files should be included should they be available.

Libraries that wish to have their newspaper microfilm digitized may do so by submitting it to the Northern New York Library Network Digitization Center.  The fee is $0.15 per page. Libraries that wish to load post-1923 newspapers should look into obtaining a release, which is available from the NNYLN.

Scanned, formatted newspaper files may be sent to:

NYS Historic Newspapers Project
6721 US HWY 11
Potsdam, NY 13676