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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..

The Washington Post

As one of the most prominent newspapers in the nation and the eye of the nation's capital, the Washington Post is a treasured local resource.  The University of Maryland provides access to historical issues of the Post in several ways:

  • Electronic Database: Via Washington Post (1877-1995) from the Historical Newspapers series, users have access to full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue.
  • Microfilm: McKeldin Library offers the Washington Post on microfilm dating from 1974, for those who wish to access the newspaper in that format.
  • Print Index: The Libraries also maintain a collection of printed indexes for the Washington Post in the McKeldin Reference section.  These indexes can be used to locate specific articles, subjects, or events throughout the run of the newspaper.  They function similarly to the electronic database, except in print format.  The call number is AI21 .W32, and they may be found in the catalog here.

Washington Post Histories

A number of histories of the Washington Post are available in the University Libaries.  Here is a sampling:

Other Resources

  • DC Public Library's Special Collections
    The DC Public Library maintains a collection called Washingtoniana that contains, among other things, 2.5 million newspaper clippings and 1.3 million photographs from the former Washington Star.
  • America's Historical Newspapers (electronic resource)
    This database, available through Research Port provides users with access to hundreds of historical newspapers, including 38 from the District of Columbia.
  • Microfilm Collection
    The McKeldin Library microfilm collection contains a number of titles from Washington, DC, including the Daily Globe, the National Intelligencer, and the Washington Times.