Thursday, February 12, 2009

Looking for Very Old Chicago-Area Newspapers?

Are you trying to find a very old obit or news story from the Chicago area?

Are you positive it is not in the Chicago Tribune Archive online?

Have you asked our Reference Staff for some professional guidance in this area, and the Library's resources do not go back far enough?

You may consider checking with the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington General Information Services Dept., Chicago newspaper microfilm holdings.

Date range for the standard Chicago English language papers is from 1833 to current. Newspapers include Chicago Democrat, Chicago American, Chicago Daily American, Chicago Express, Chicago Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Democrat Press, Chicago Times, Inter Ocean, Chicago Herald, Chicago Record, Chicago Mail, Chicago Evening Post, Chicago Daily News, Chicago Record, Chicago Record Herald, Chicago Times Herald, Chicago Chronicle, Chicago Defender, Chicago Sun, Chicago Today, and others.

If the obit or news story is about an immigrant or member of a first generation ethnic group, you should also investigate the following, which CPL also has on microfilm:
--Chicago Neighborhood newspapers
--Suburban newspapers
--Various U.S. ethnic newspapers
--Alternative press newspapers
--Early American Newspapers (1704 -1820)
--The Lerner Newspaper Collection of Chicago neighborhood and suburban newspapers (1905 -1993)
--The Underground Newspaper Microfilm Collection (1963 -1984)

To find out which titles and years they own, or to ask them which newspaper might contain what you need, call (312)747-4300.

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