"Journalism is life reflected in ink."
Herbert Bayard Swope,
Managing Editor, New York World
American Newspaper Repository
We founded the American
Newspaper Repository in 1999 in order to save a unique collection of
original newspapers that would otherwise have been destroyed or dispersed.
The Repository exists in order to preserve and make available to the
scholarly public, and to future generations, these magnificent landmarks
of American publishing.
We have about five thousand
newspaper volumes, most of which came, directly or indirectly, from
the British Library. Notable long runs include the New York World,
the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Times, and the
Chicago Tribune. There are also many foreign language and immigrant
papers, such as the Yiddish Forward, the Irish World,
and the Greek Atlantis. (Here is a full list.)
Many of these runs exist
nowhere else in the original. Research libraries everywhere, including
the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, and the Center
for Research Libraries, have replaced most of their often richly illustrated
sets of late 19th and 20th century newspapers with black and white microfilm.
The collection, housed in an 1848 brick mill building, is open to researchers
The American Newspaper Repository is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
directed by Nicholson Baker, a writer. All labor is volunteered. The
repository has had the help of individual contributors, and has received
grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation.
You can read more about the fate of late-nineteenth and twentieth
century newspapers in Nicholson Baker's book Double Fold: Libraries
and the Assault on Paper. G. Thomas Tanselle's Literature and
Artifacts (Charlottesville: Bibliographical Society of the University
of Virginia, 1998) has several essays about the importance of keeping
source originals and about microfilm-induced losses to scholarship.
Contributions are tax deductible
and very much appreciated.
Our address is:
One Front Street
P.O. Box 643
Rollinsford, New Hampshire 03869
include the PO Box in the address; Rollinsford has no mail delivery.
Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
at Examples of Newspaper Illustration
See What We Have
2001 American Newspaper Repository.