Historical: Civil War newspapers

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Mugar Memorial Library has a film collection of newspapers from the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Papers in this collection, unless otherwise noted, are arranged alphabetically in the left-hand cabinets (Mugar Mfilm) that face the front of the Microforms Room. The collection includes papers from both northern and southern states.

Northern Newspapers on microfilm

  • Adams Sentinel (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) February 16, 1857 – May 21, 1867
  • Atlas & Argus (Albany, New York) January 1, 1860 – December 3, 1865
  • Burlington Daily Hawkeye (Burlington, Iowa) January 1860 – December 1865
  • Cairo City Weekly Gazette (Cairo City, Illinois) February 1861 – February 1862
  • Cairo War Eagle & Daily Evening Extra (Cairo City, Illinois) November 18, 1864 – April 21, 1865
  • Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) 1849 – 1901, 1957 – present.
    Note: The location for the Chicago Tribune is Mugar Mfilm NEWSPAPER.
  • Chicago Weekly Democrat (Chicago, Illinois) November 26, 1833 – July 27, 1861
  • Cincinnati Daily Commercial (Cincinnati, Ohio) April 12, 1861 – December 30, 1865
  • Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, Ohio) November 1, 1859 – December 30, 1865
  • Columbia City News (Columbia City, Indiana) January 6, 1859 – February 23, 1864
  • The Constitution (Keokuk, Iowa) March 6, 1862 – February 17, 1866
  • La Crosse Daily Union and Democrat (La Crosse, Wisconsin) October 15, 1859 – December 30, 1865
  • Daily Alta Californian (San Francisco, California) January 4, 1849 – December 31, 1865
  • Daily Evening Bulletin (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) December 14, 1857 – March 23, 1866
  • Dubuque Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) January 1, 1860 – December 31, 1865
  • Easton Argus (Easton, Pennsylvania) March 19, 1857 – December 21, 1865
  • Easton Free Press (Easton, Pennsylvania) June 2, 1859 – December 27, 1866
  • Easton Sentinel (Easton, Pennsylvania) April 27, 1849 – December 30, 1869
  • Evening Day Book (New York, New York) January 19, 1852 – August 29, 1861
  • The Evening Star (Washington, DC) September 29, 1859 – April 30, 1866
  • Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper (New York, New York) December 15, 1855 – December 1900
  • Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) March 18, 1861 – December 25, 1868
  • Hartford Daily Courant (Hartford, Connecticut) January 1858 – December 1865
  • Hartford Weekly Times (Hartford, Connecticut) January 2, 1847 – December 31, 1884
  • Haverhill Gazette (Haverhill, Massachusetts) July 26, 1851 – December 31, 1869
  • Joliet Signal (Joliet, Illinois) January 1, 1861 – December 22, 1864
  • Mahoning Sentinel (Youngstown, Ohio) April 19, 1860 – November 3, 1864
  • National Era (Washington, DC) 1847 – 1860
  • National Principia (New York, New York) 1859 – 1866
  • New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, New Hampshire) November 3, 1827 – December 1957
  • New York Herald (New York, New York) January 1860 – December 1865
  • The New York Times (New York, New York) 1851 – present.
    Note: The location for The New York Times is Mugar Mfilm NEWSPAPER.
  • New York Tribune (New York, New York) January 1857 – December 1866
  • The Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) September 21, 1859 – January 19, 1866
  • Sunday Mercury (New York, New York) October 10, 1841 – September 15, 1867
  • True American and Mahoning Register (Youngstown, Ohio) February 14, 1855 – August 23, 1866
  • Washington Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, DC) 1800 – January 16, 1866
  • Wilmington Daily Journal (Wilmington, Delaware) January 2, 1860 – July 14, 1866

Southern Newspapers on microfilm

  • Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) June 17, 1868 – December 31, 1894
  • Camp Kettle (Beaufort, South Carolina) January 7, 1862 and May 1, 1862
    Note: This is on the reel for the Free South. Charleston Daily Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) December 5, 1864 – April 5, 1873 Charleston Mercury (Charleston,
    South Carolina) January 1, 1822 – November 16, 1868 Daily Southern Guardian (Columbia, South Carolina) April 6, 1858 – May 10, 1870 Note: These reels are filed under “Southern Guardian”.
  • Free South (Port Royal, South Carolina) January 17, 1863 – November 19, 1864
    Note: This reel also contains the New South, the Palmetto Herald, the Camp Kettle, and the Hospital Transcript.
  • Hospital Transcript (Hilton Head, South Carolina) July 8, 1865
    Note: This is on the reel for the Free South.
  • Memphis Daily Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee) July 18, 1857 – December 30, 1877
  • New Orleans Bee (New Orleans, Louisiana) January 1, 1858 – December 30, 1865
  • New Orleans Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana) January 25, 1837 – October 6, 1876
  • New South (Port Royal, South Carolina) March 15, 1862 – September 29, 1866; and issue for March 7, 1895
    Note: This is on the reel for the Free South.
  • Palmetto Herald (Port Royal, South Carolina) March 17, 1864 – December 24, 1864
    Note: This is on the reel for the Free South.
  • Richmond Daily Whig (Richmond, Virginia) January 1860 – December 1865
  • Southern Confederacy and Gate City Guardian (Atlanta, Georgia)
    • Gate City Guardian: February
      12, 1861 – March 2, 1861
    • Southern Confederacy: March 4,
      1861 – February 8, 1865