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History Research Guide: Historical Newspapers

Newspapers as Primary Source Material

Newspapers are a rich source of historical information. A newspaper article written immediately following an event are generally considered a primary source and can provide a view of the event in the context of the time period in which it occurred. Announcements, opinion pieces, letters, and advertisements can also provide a great deal of contextual information. For instance, during the Civil War many soldiers wrote letters to their hometown newspapers describing the activities of their respective military units and war conditions in general. These first hand accounts are invaluable in providing insight into he daily life of a typical soldier.

Historical Newspapers

Akron Beacon Journal Subject Indexes (1841-1939)  have been made available by the ASCPL. Those years of the Akron Beacon Journal and its allied publications can be found in microfilm format on the ground floor of Bierce Library, in the University Archives in the Polsky Building, and at the downtown Akron headquarters of the Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL).