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Journalism: Historical News Sources

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 Access to these resources is restricted to NU students, faculty and staff. If you are accessing these resources from off campus, you will be asked to sign in with your MyNEU credentials.

The Boston Public Library provides access to several historical newspaper archives, including NewspaperArchive.com, Chronicling America, Financial Times Historical Archive, Irish Times, Jewish Advocate and many more. You can view a full list of current and historical newspaper collections on their Newspaper Resources page. You'll need a BPL card or researcher pass in order to access these materials.

U.S. Historical News Sources

International Historical News Sources

Archives & Special Collections

Northeastern University's Archives & Special Collections contain numerous news publications, some of which are not available online. Visit the Archives & Special Collections website to get help from an archivist.

Boston Globe Collection: Northeastern University’s Archives & Special Collections is pleased to announce the addition of the Boston Globe library archive to Northeastern’s diverse and growing Boston history collections. The Globe archive is a vast collection comprising more than a million photographs, 5.6 million negatives, and decades of clippings from the Globe and other local and national newspapers. The collection, a one-stop-resource documenting the Boston experience — its people, places, and institutions — is open to all researchers.

Boston Phoenix Collection: For nearly 50 years, The Boston Phoenix was Boston’s alter­na­tive news­paper of record, the first word on social jus­tice, pol­i­tics, as well as the arts and music scene. Its intrepid jour­nal­ists tackled issues from safe sex and AIDS aware­ness to gay rights, mar­riage equality, and the legal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana. It ceased pub­li­ca­tion in March 2013, but the Phoenix will be pre­served for posterity—thanks to owner Stephen Mindich’s deci­sion in Sep­tember to donate the paper’s archives to Northeastern’s Snell Library.

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