Virginia Chronicle: Digital Newspaper Archive

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The Virginia Newspaper Program (VNP), established in 1993, has worked to locate, describe, inventory, preserve, and provide public access to United States imprint newspapers housed not only at the Library of Virginia but throughout the commonwealth.

Virginia Chronicle is a historical archive of Virginia newspapers, providing free access to full text searching and digitized images of over 4 million newspaper pages.

This collection contains 487,517 issues comprising 4,311,765 pages.

In addition to the growing collection of newspapers found at Virginia Chronicle, the Library of Virginia offers access to a wide array of resources for researching newspapers, from its broad collection of over 3,000 Virginia and West Virginia imprints, both in original ink press copy and on microfilm, to a suite of online resources that provide gateways to a significant range of historical newspapers.

Please refer to the Program's Research Guides and Indexes on the Library of Virginia site for a comprehensive overview of the available resources for newspaper research. To search specific newspaper titles and holdings here at the Library, as well as holdings at select repositories, visit the Virginia Newspaper Directory.

For a comprehensive list of additional free, digital newspaper resources for collections outside the commonwealth, visit Purdue University’s Free Historic U.S. Newspapers by State list. To find subscription newspaper databases that are accessible with a Library of Virginia library card, see the Library of Virginia’s Databases and EBooks page.

The Virginia Newspaper Program regularly contributes to a blog, The Uncommonwealth: Voices from the Library of Virginia. The Uncommonwealth features posts on the Library’s collections, conservation efforts, programs & education, digital projects and public library news.

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