Boston: Newspapers and Media
Please note: This guide has two sections with overlapping content. Please make sure to scroll through both sections to find current and historic Boston newspaper and media resources.
The Boston University libraries have access to current and historic Boston-area newspapers including:
The Boston Globe (January 1, 1980-present)
The Massachusetts Newsstand Database provides full-text access to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald (1991-present).
Provides full-text images in pdf format. The library also owns the microfilm collection (1960-2009).
Daily Free Press (September 01, 1997 through December 05, 2009)
Search for the contents of the Daily Free Press in the College & University news search form located in the News section of Lexis-Nexis Academic.
Other Boston newspapers
Mugar Memorial Library also has some microfilm collections of Boston newspapers from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These papers may be found by searching the catalog by title for the indvidual newspaper names, or by searching by subject for the geographic place of publication followed by the subheading “Newspapers” (for example: ” Boston (Mass.) — Newspapers“).
Boston Herald Newspaper Morgue
The former Beebe Communications Library at Boston University maintained a collection newspaper clippings, which up until 1972 belonged to the Boston Herald. The clippings are from a variety of Boston newspapers, dating from the late 1800s to the early 1980s. The clippings are filed by subject and name. The files containing clippings about Boston are kept in Beebe. The files containing clippings on other subjects are stored in file cabinets and boxes in the Peter Fuller building on Commonwealth Avenue.
This collection is available for use by the general public and by the Boston University community. To gain access to the part of the collection that is stored in Fuller, please contact the Librarian at the Pickering Educational Resources library.
The Boston Public Library has the old Boston Herald Traveler morgue of 500,000 photographs from 1920 to 1972.
This database contains an index of obituaries that appeared in the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald and published between 1932 and 1941 and between 1953 and 2010. Please note: the database does not contain full-text obituaries, only brief citations; it does not include death notices (paid insertions), only citations to obituary articles.
Boston-area Media and Historic Newspapers
This Early American Newspapers (1690-1876) covers newspapers published in Boston. Click on “Places of Publication.” They can be searched altogether, in groups, or individually. Best to put phrases in quotations, e.g., “Boston harbor.” See also Boston Globe (Historical) 1872-1979.
at the Boston Public Library
Boston Globe’s newspaper and information site.
Contains links to both commercial regional vendors and also non-profit film organizations.
Later issues can be accessed in Boston Herald
Click on Archives for selected full-text articles back to 2002.
For holdings in Boston University Libraries. Current and historical.
“(A) nationally recognized, award-winning community media center and 501(c)(3) nonprofit, acts as a public forum for all Boston residents, nonprofit and community-based organizations, and governmental and educational institutions and provides them with affordable training and access to emerging media technologies.”
Published since the 1960s, the Phoenix is the oldest alternative newspaper in the Boston area.
History and data.
Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA), Boston University
Official Boston government website for movie production in city.
News and Weather.
Historical Newspaper Collections: Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library has the most comprehensive collection of historic Boston newspapers. Located in the Microtext Room in the main branch in Copley Square, this collection should be used for any extensive research on Boston area history.
“The newspaper collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society encompasses 300 titles, ranging from scattered issues of foreign newspapers and newspapers printed in other states to extensive holdings of early Boston papers. Records for all newspapers currently held by the MHS are available in ABIGAIL, their library catalog.
The State Library has a large selection of historic Commonwealth newspapers covering the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The collection is located on the fourth floor balcony of the State Library and in their Special Collections.
“This database’s detailed indexing helps users quickly find the news information they need. Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.” Coverage includes Boston Globe, 1980-present; Boston Herald, 1991-present.
Provides links to selected daily, business, weekly, alternative and campus newspapers.
“OAB seeks to provide opportunities for all residents to connect to schools, community programs and assets, government agencies, and each other . . . offers residents the ability to improve their quality of life as new members of the on-line community.”
“We provide online access to unique and historically important content produced by the public television and radio station WGBH. Since launching in 2007, the ever-expanding site contains video, audio, images, searchable transcripts, and resource management tools, all of which are available for individual and classroom learning.”
A weekly one hour radio program hosted by WBUR FM in Boston. The show covers a wide range of topics related to Boston and New England.
Zimmer Index Digitization Project: An Index to late 19th century/early 20th century Massachusetts newspaper articles.
This unique index covers obituaries, political conventions, speeches and letters of prominent persons from the Commonwealth, dedications of memorials and buildings, visits from foreign dignitaries, strikes, floods and many other stories. The index mostly covers articles appearing in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Journal, and Boston Transcript and a few other local papers and published between 1878-1937. Please note: This site does not provide access to the full-text newspaper articles.
If you have any problems, feel free to consult a member of the Microtext Department staff at the Boston Public Library. The phone number is: (617) 536-5400 ext. 2018.