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Newspapers: Historical Newspapers (pre-1980)

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Additional Historical Newspapers by Title


If access to a newspaper is not available digitally, it may be on microform. Microforms are reproductions of documents, such as newspapers, in miniature so that many documents can be stored in a smaller footprint

  • Find titles of newspapers on microform using the Library Search.
  • Some major newspapers may have an accompanying index. Those can be found in the same way as newspaper titles. If an index is not available for title, you may need to scan for articles only by date.
  • Microforms and microform readers are located in Fondren, Blue Level 1. See map. There are instructions next to the readers on how to use them, or you may ask for help at the main desk.

Newspaper Archives at SMU

DeGolyer Library has over 2,000 newspaper titles, from single issues to unbroken runs of 50 years or more. Although most of our newspapers were published in the United States, we also have representative foreign newspapers, including from Latin America, Europe, and Asia. 

  • Not every title will appear in the Library Search; however, we do have in-house checklists, which can be consulted at DeGolyer Library.
  • Many of our newspapers are now stored offsite and can take up to a week to retrieve.

Please check with DeGolyer staff about the availability of certain titles.