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Historical U.S. Newspapers

This resource is intended as an introduction to finding and learning about newspapers via the University of Maryland Libraries..

Maryland Newspapers in the University Collection

Newspapers in Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections at the University of Maryland maintains a large collection of historical newspapers from the state of Maryland and the University of Maryland College Park campus. Search the following databases or explore the following collections to learn more about our Maryland newspapers.

To learn more about Special Collections at Maryland, visit their website, or review this subject guide about the Maryland Room's reference resources.

  • Maryland Newspapers on Microfilm
    Among the microfilm newspaper collection at McKeldin Library are a number of titles from the state of Maryland.  Such publications include the Maryland Gazette of Annapolis, the Sun from Baltimore, and the Frederick Herald. Refer to the Newspapers on Microfilm section of this guide guide for more information about accessing the microfilm collection.


About the Student Newspaper Collection

The University of Maryland Student Newspaper Database contains digitized and searchable versions of major student newspapers produced on the University of Maryland campus. Student newspapers on campus reflect current events, campus happenings, and student interests throughout the history of the University. In collaboration with the Libraries’ Digital Systems and Services (DSS) division, University Archives digitized these newspapers for public access through the database. Digitization is ongoing, with more recent issues of The Diamondback and additional student newspapers still to be added. The database currently contains 5 publications, date ranges for digitized materials are detailed below. 

The Diamondback and its predecessor papers, January 1, 1910 - August 21, 2008

To access current issues of The Diamondback visit:

Black Explosion, May 1970 - December 2015/January 2016

To access current issues of The Black Explosion visit:

Mitzpeh, September 14, 1983 - November 5, 2015

To access current issues of Mitzpeh visit:

The Eclipse. September 16, 1985 - May 2013

Argus,  March 10, 1972- September 3, 1982

Follow this link to the Digitized Student Newspapers

Online Resources

Helpful Reference Works

These five books can serve as guides for finding historical newspapers throughout Maryland and learning more about the state's newspaper history.