Pennsylvania Newspapers

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Newspapers are an important source for vital records, etc., during the period before Pennsylvania began keeping civil vital records.


Pennsylvania's first newspaper was the "American Weekly Mercury," published in Philadelphia in 1719. Ben Franklin's "Pennsylvania Gazette" began in 1728.

Resources for Pennsylvania Newspapers

Libraries and Archives

The State Library of Pennsylvania has the largest newspaper collection. An inventory of these is Louis F. Rauco, Pennsylvania Newspapers and Selected Out-of-State Newspapers ([S. l.: s. n.], 1984; Family History Library book 974.8 B3p; film 1320895 item 16).

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has a major collection, especially of Philadelphia newspapers (1790-present).

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has a large collection, especially of Pittsburgh newspapers. It also has a card index to marriages and deaths listed in the newspapers in their collection.

Digital Issues Online

Wikipedia has more about this subject: List of online newspaper archives


Web Sites

  • Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository managed for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries
  • USNPL: Pennsylvania - This site provides links to Pennsylvania historical newspapers and current newspaper websites.