:: Newspaper Archive

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"Tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages dating as far back as the 1700s" are said to be contained in this vast database.

Newspapers appear as they were originally published.

You may search or browse the archive to read, save, and print entire pages from newspapers from around the world and throughout history.
In addition to other newspapers in New York State, you can access a selection of past and historic local area (Middletown, NY) newspapers in this database:
>> Please click here to access Newspaper Archive.
Access Options:

This database can be accessed from any of Thrall Library's public Internet or research computers.

Concerning access outside the library:

Updated (2/24/2020): Members of Middletown Thrall Library may log in to this service using their library barcode.

Access Issues?

Please call our Reference Dept. at (845) 341-5461 when the library is open.

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Tips & Special Features:

While this is an incredibly comprehensive database, it does not contain every newspaper, nor does it necessarily contain every single issue for those newspapers it does cover.

This is worth mentioning if you are doing local (Middletown, NY) research and want to locate articles from relevant publications such as the Times Herald Record or even a newspaper such as The New York Times.

You can determine which publications are available by clicking the "Browse Available Papers" link at the top of the database page.

Once you do, you will be able to browse by Country, State, City, and then Publication. You also have the option of specifying a date range, but it is best to skip that part if you simply want to browse the entire list of available issues for a publication in the archive.

The "Advanced Search" mode can help you reduce your search results from millions to thousands to a more manageable set of matches you can actually begin to go through in a timely fashion.

Click the "Advanced Search" link at the top of the database page and you will be able to indicate which words and phrases you want to include or exclude from your inquiry. You can also specify beginning and ending dates (from years down to months or days) as well as the (general or specific) location of a newspaper (or even the specific title of a newspaper).

After you search, you can continue to modify your search limits by changing your search criteria in the "Refine Keywords" and "Narrow Results" panels located to the right of your search results.
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Technical Considerations:
Experiencing access/technical issues?
Please see the ACCESS OPTIONS section of this page.

Newspaper pages are provided in the PDF format. These documents can be viewed at home if your computer has the free Adobe Reader software installed.

If you would like some assistance in using this database or finding any information, please speak with one of our librarians at the Reference Department or contact us:

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