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Newspapers at the Washington State Library
Washington State Library's newspaper collection includes current issues on paper and historic newspapers on microfilm with some issues searchable online. We subscribe to about 125 daily and weekly newspapers throughout Washington, plus a few out-of-state papers. The microfilm collection consists of over 50,000 reels of newspapers dating from the 1850s to the present. We offer even more research options through our subscriptions to newspaper databases. In some cases a Washington State Library card number may be required to view these collections. If you are a Washington state resident you can request an e-card for remote access here: Download a card application.
Search Newspaper Titles in our Catalog (paper, microfilm, links to digital)
- Search our online catalog to find out which papers we have and for what years.
- You can limit your search to the Washington Newspapers collection, which allows you to search by City, County, Title, Subject, or Keywords.
- Choosing the Washington Newspapers collection also provides access to an interactive map of our state that allows you to pick a county and see a list of all the papers we have for that county.
Find out more about our microfilm collection, including how to access it and where to purchase film yourself, by clicking here.
Historic Washington Newspapers Online from the State Library
- Washington Digital Newspapers - Contains a range of territorial era newspapers beginning in 1852 and regional community digitization projects through the early 2000s. This is a full text searchable collection of newspapers with new historical WA newspaper titles added each year.
- Chronicling America - With a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities, the Washington State Library is participating in the National Digital Newspaper Program; an effort to digitize early (pre 1925) issues from newspapers around the United States. Currently Washington has contributed 23 newspapers from our large microfilm collection and continues to add more. These issues are full-text searchable and downloadable free online at the Library of Congress - chroniclingamerica.loc.gov.
*Click here to see links to more historical newspapers online*
- U.S. West Newsstream (ProQuest)* - U.S. West Newsstream enables users to search the most recent regional news content, as well as archives which stretch back to the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. West Newsstream covers news sources from Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. View Title List
*Note: Includes the previously offered product, Spokesman-Review "Digital Microfilm"
Washington News Sources (NewsBank) - Explore and research topics across Washington State. This resource contains news sources from across the state including: the Bellingham Herald, Chinook Observer, Chronicle, Columbian, Daily Herald, Daily News, Daily Record, Daily World, Kitsap Sun, News Tribune, The Olympian, Seattle PI, Seattle Times, Spokesman-Review, Tri-City Herald, Yakima Herald-Republic and more.
Seattle Times Collection (NewsBank) - Search Seattle area history with The Seattle Times Integrated Collection. With coverage from 1985 – current, the Collection contains full-color newspaper pages, individual full-text articles and content only published online.
- News-Tribune (NewsBank) - Explore local news, events, people, and history with the News Tribune Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online.
- America’s GenealogyBank (NewsBank) - Search thousands of historical & current newspapers, books, as well as selected material from the American State Papers and U.S. Serial Set, the complete Social Security Death Index and more than 29 million obituaries. Remote access available to library cardholder.
- ProQuest - Database of journals & newspapers abstracts, with select full-text access. Strengths in business & news coverage. Databases currently provided:
ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry (1971 - current): Trade, Industry-focused information - journal articles, market reports, industry reports and news
Consumer Health Database: journal articles and magazines on health and medicine
Coronavirus Research Database: A free health and medical research database for openly available content related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
eLibrary: A massive collection of multidisciplinary periodical and digital media content, designed for beginning and intermediate researchers. Editorially created pages provide valuable context for both common and unusual research topics.
PTSDpubs (1871 - current): Literature related to traumatic stress - journal articles
Publicly Available Content Database: Designed to complement other databases and collections, this database brings together or links to full text for publicly available content from a number of different sources from around the world.
Research Library: Multidisciplinary subject coverage from scholarly, trade, and consumer publications for students research and general interest.
SIRS Discoverer: An editorially curated collection that helps younger students complete their assignments by providing easy access to premium newspapers, magazines, images, and other kinds of great content.
U.S. Newsstream (1980 - current): enables users to search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring top newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format
- Issaquah Press (Issaquah History Museum) - Search and view digital versions of the Issaquah Press from 1907 through 2017
Pacific Northwest Newspaper Indexes
- Washington State University - Kimble Northwest History Database - Wallis (1968 CEA) and Marilyn (1964 CLA) Kimble of Kingston, WA, made a gift in 2001 as seed money to establish a specialized digitizing project in The Libraries at Washington State University. 18,500 of the 30,000+ articles from the Pacific NW Newspaper Clippings file were scanned, with indexing and description terms entered to make them searchable. These newspaper articles were collected and organized in the 30s and 40s by dedicated historians working for the Works Progress Administration.
- University of Washington – Pacific Northwest Regional Newspapers and Periodical Index - University of Washington Libraries’ Pacific Northwest Regional Newspaper and Periodical Index (Regional Index) is an electronic database containing citations from newspaper and periodical articles dealing with the Pacific Northwest. The Regional Index online contains citations for articles dealing with the Pacific Northwest published since January 1, 1997, in the Seattle Weekly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Daily of the University of Washington.
- Index to the Olympian and Historical Clippings - Produced by Washington State Library, this index contains citations to articles in The Olympian (Olympia, Washington) and other Washington state newspapers. Dates covered are from 1993-2009.
- Washington State Library's Newspaper Indexes & Abstracts
- Pacific Northwest Card File Search - The Pacific Northwest Card File appears to have been started in the early 1950s as a finding aid for biographical and historical information in the Washington State Library. Information was indexed from newspapers across the state as well as many published local histories, creating a very unique point of access.
- Oregon State Library – Oregon Index - The web-accessible Oregon Index is a selective index to Oregon newspapers and to Oregon items in other select publications. The index is a voluntary operation, maintained by indexers at the Oregon State Library and other libraries across Oregon. The Oregon Index database is divided into two files, a current file covering 1995 through current date and a back file covering 1985-1994.