The United States Newspaper Program is a national effort to preserve America’s historic press. Each state library inventories the newspaper collections of its local libraries, museums, courthouses and other sites, and catalogs them on a national database maintained by the Online Computer Library Center www.oclc.org.
Under the program, microfilm copies of newspapers are available anywhere in the country through interlibrary loan. Borrowers typically pay a small fee ($5-$20) and may have to wait four to six weeks. Visit www.neh.gov/preservation/usnp.html for more information; you can also access online newspaper morgues at 50 state libraries and eight National Newspaper Repositories, listed below:
• The New York Public Library, 7,000 titles cataloged, 2 million pages microfilmed: Fifth Ave. & 42nd St., New York, NY 10018, (212) 930-0711, [email protected], www.nypl.org/research/chss/grd/resguides/period.html
• The New York Historical Society, 9,080 titles cataloged: 2 W. 77th St., New York, NY 10024, (212) 873-3400 Ext. 225, www.nyhistory.org/librarycollection.html
• Rutgers University, 3,139 titles cataloged: 169 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901, (732) 932-7006, [email protected], www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rulib/spcol/spcol.htm#newspapers