Rhode Island Newspapers

Can I get back issues of local newspapers at the Library?

Yes.  The library has back issues of the Newport Daily News and the Newport Mercury.

Newspapers

  • Bound volumes of the Newport Daily News, 1846 – 1971
  • Bound volumes of the Newport Mercury, 1835 – 1965, missing some dates
  • Microfilm issues of the Newport Daily News, 1846 to the present
  • Microfilm issues of the Newport Mercury, 1829 – 1863, missing years in the 1840′s.

 

The library also has back issues of The Providence Journal.

The Newport Daily News Index

The library staff has created an in-house, automated index to the Newport Daily News from mid-1996 to the present.  This index can only be used on Library computers in the Adult Reference area.

Rhode Island’s Historical Newspapers

Newsbank is an online resource that allows you to explore and search early Rhode Island newspapers from 1732 to 1913.  Included in this resource are:

  • Newport Mercury (1758-1842)
  • Newport Herald (1787-1791)
  • Providence Gazette (1762-1825)