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Newspaper Archives

The Oklahoma Historical Society has served as the centralized repository for records dealing with the history of Oklahoma since before statehood. OHS has the largest collection of Oklahoma newspaper titles on microfilm. Titles date from 1819 to the present.

The newspaper collection consists of more than 4,400 titles on approximately 33,000 reels of microfilm (of which 28,000 reels were produced in-house.) OHS has the oldest, largest, and most complete collection of newspapers available within the state. All microfilm is available for viewing, free of charge, at the OHS Research Center located in the Oklahoma History Center. OHS materials are non-circulating; we do not participate in the interlibrary loan program.

Searching the Newspaper Archives

The Gateway to Oklahoma History
View historic newspapers and more on The Gateway to Oklahoma History. Visitors can search keyword, browse, and read issues online for free. We are continually adding to the online collection, so check back often for new issues. gateway.okhistory.org

To find out about titles in our collection available on microfilm, search the Online Catalog.

Search the Online Catalog

Orders and Fees

To order newspapers on microfilm visit the microfilm orders page. To request newspaper research including articles and obituaries please visit the research requests page.


Oklahoma-related newspapers are accepted. No articles or clippings, please.

Contact the Newspaper Archives

Questions regarding the Newspaper Archives and donations should be directed to:
Sarah Biller

For questions regarding digital newspapers, please contact:
JA Pryse

Note: OHS does not participate in the interlibrary loan program.

Preservation Tips

To find out more about caring for your own historic newspapers, visit the Library of Congress Preserving Newspapers page: loc.gov/preservation/care/newspap.html.
Another useful resource is the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust: culturalheritagetrust.org

More Sources for Newspapers Online

Library of Congress: Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers
Numerous titles from 1836-1922 are available to view online through this website. For tips on searching see the
Guide to Using Chronicling America (PDF).
View Oklahoma newspapers available online

Digital Collections @ OSU Library
The Daily O'Collegian 1895-1939

Hennessey Public Library
The Hennessey Clipper 1890-2007

Google Newspaper Archive
Altus Times 1981-2004
Altus Times-Democrat 1920-1980
The American (Delaware and Ottawa Co.) 2005-2009
Boise City News 1938-2009
Daily Leader (Frederick) 1975-1987
Daily Times Democrat (Altus) 1927
Drumright Gusher 2005-2008
Durant Daily Democrat 1982-2003
Frederick Daily Leader 1968-1987
Heavener Ledger 1971-2009
Nowata Star 1943-2009
Perkins Journal (also under Stillwater Journal) 1915-2009
Stillwater Journal 2005-2009
Thomas Tribune 2005-2009
Valliant Leader 2005-2007

More Historical Newspapers and Indexes Online
researchguides.net includes links to other newspapers for other states.

Obituaries from The Oklahoman

This index includes obituaries published in The Oklahoman. Additional years will be added as they become available.

Newspapers for Other States

Below is a selection of free historical newspapers available online for other states.

Multi-State Repositories

Individual States

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