Several handwritten news sheets circulated in the mining camps of Nevada in the early 1850's. Nevada's first printed newspaper, the Territorial Gazette, began in Genoa in 1858.
Resources for Nevada Newspapers
A helpful bibliography of Nevada newspapers is Richard E. Lingenfelter and Karen Rix Gash, The Newspapers of Nevada: A History and Bibliography, 1854-1979 (Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press, 1984; Family History Library book 979.3 B3L 1984). The Family History Library has not collected Nevada newspapers.
Libraries and Archives
Major collections of Nevada newspapers are at the Nevada Historical Society, the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society, as well as local courthouses and libraries. Spiros's Genealogical Guide to Arizona and Nevada describes newspapers available on microfilm.
Digital Issues Online
- NewspaperArchive ($) has a collection of digitized Reno newspapers online. This database is sometimes free at libraries. It may be under the name Access NewspaperArchive.
- Ancestry ($) This is a subscription website that has a collection of online historical newspapers for Nevada.
Several indexes to Nevada newspapers have been compiled, including an index to the Territorial Enterprise, 1859 to 1877, and an index to the Nevada State Journal, 1872 to 1876. These indexes are available at the Nevada Historical Society. Other indexes, such as an index to the Pioche Record, 1872 to 1904, are available at the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society.