Massachusetts Newspapers

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Resources for Massachusetts Newspapers

Many Massachusetts newspapers have been published since the 1700s. Copies of these are at the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, and other libraries.

Digital Issues Online

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives ($) has a large collection of Massachusetts newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries under the name AccessNewspaperArchive.


A statewide index of newspaper items is: American Antiquarian Society. Index of Marriages in Massachusetts Centinel and Columbian Centinel, 1784 to 1840. Boston, Massachusetts: G.K. Hall and Co., 1961. (Family History Library book 974.4 V22i.) To locate additional indexes see: A Guide to Newspaper Indexes in New England. New England Library Association Bibliography Committee, 1978. (Family History Library book 974 B32n; fiche 6051391.)

Boston Newspapers

The Boston Evening Transcript's genealogical column carried valuable information from 1895 to 1963. The Family History Library has: Boston Evening Transcript Genealogical Columns, 1895, May 1900–April 1941. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1955. (Family History Library films 014735–44.) Boston Transcript Genealogy Newspaper Columns, June 6, 1896–April 30, 1941. [Middletown, Connecticut: Godfrey Memorial Library, 197–?]. (Family History Library fiche 6011001–6011680.) For two helpful indexes to the columns, see: *The Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, Connecticut, has published an index in American Genealogical–Biographical Index, where most names can be found (see the "Genealogy" section).

The Boston Public Library has indexes for 1901– 1935: Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St.
Boston MA 02116
Telephone: 617–536–5400

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