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Historical Newspaper Search Help

Basic Search

Simple Boolean searches can be done here, using keywords and/or place names.

For example,

immigration AND Olympia
fish OR salmon
"Monticello convention"

Use quotation marks to enclose phrases.

When searching for personal names on this page, use surname (last name) only

For example,


This will return all instances of Stevens as a personal name and a place name.

For a full personal name search only, use the Personal Name Search page.

Personal Name Search

Enter surname (last name) only, or in combination with first name or first initial.

Many territorial newspapers used only surnames, or surnames with an initial.

To return all instances of a name, use surname only.