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.
Newspapers on MicrofilmThe archives consist of more than 4,400 titles on approximately 33,000 reels of microfilm (of which 28,000 reels were produced in-house.) The 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 Research Center. OHS materials are non-circulating; we do not participate in the interlibrary loan program.
The Gateway to Oklahoma HistorySelect newspapers published before 1923 are available online through 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.
The Gateway to
Ethnic, Political, and Religious Newspapers
The Newspaper Archives include many publications pertaining to different ethnicities, religions, cultures, and political groups. Click on the links to browse by topic. All of these publications are available on microfilm; some are also online through The Gateway to Oklahoma History.
Obituaries from The Oklahoman
This index includes obituaries published in The Oklahoman. Copies are available for a $15 express fee.
Orders and Fees
|Microfilm||$85 per roll|
All microfilm orders are custom-made to fill each request. Note that once an order in process, it may not be possible to change or cancel the order.
When you receive your order, please inspect all reels thoroughly. OHS will only replace microfilm that has been duplicated improperly. If you believe you have received an improperly duplicated reel, please return it to the OHS Research Division, attention: Newspaper Department. Returns must be postmarked within thirty days of the invoice date. The OHS reserves the right to make the final judgment on the quality of duplicated film.
Newspaper Articles and ObituariesTo request newspaper research including articles and obituaries please visit the research requests page.
Questions regarding the archives and donations:
Questions about digital newspapers:
Oklahoma-related newspapers are accepted. No articles or clippings, please.
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
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
The Portal to Texas History
Missouri Historical Society
Kansas Historical Society (free with Kansas driver's license)
Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection
California Digital Newspaper Collection
Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections
Twin Falls Public Library Newspaper Archive (Idaho)
Kentucky Digital Library
Historic Oregon Newspapers
Montana Memory Project
Iowa Historical Newspapers, University of Northern Iowa
Arizona Digital Newspaper Program
Utah Digital Newspapers
Washington State Library