Early American Newspapers : trial access

Cambridge University members now have trial access to more recently published collections in the Early American Newspapers series.

Access is from 9 February to 11 March 2022 and is available via this link.

The University Library acquired collections 1 through 13 in 2019/2020. Access is now enabled to collections 14 through 21:

  • EAN, Series 14: 1807-1880: The Expansion of Urban America-Content
  • EAN, Series 15, 1822-1879: Immigrant Communities-Content
  • EAN, Series 16, 1800-1877: Industry and the Environment-Content
  • EAN, Series 17, 1844-1922: American Heartland-Content
  • EAN, Series 18: 1825-1879: Racial Awakening in the Northeast
  • Ethnic American Newspapers (Balch), 1799-1971

We want to know how you used these resources on trial, how useful they were to you, and if longer term access would be important to you. Please use this feedback form to tell us about your use and need for these digital archives. Thank you.

An essential digital record of American history, culture and daily life
This expanding digital collection of early American newspapers is the most extensive resource of its kind. Currently featuring more than 6,000 titles from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., Early American Newspapers provides an unparalleled record of daily life in hundreds of diverse American communities. Through eyewitness reporting, editorials, legislative updates, letters, poetry, advertisements, election returns, matrimony and death notices, maps, cartoons, illustrations and more, these historical newspapers offer researchers essential local and national perspectives on American history, culture and daily life across three centuries.  Advanced capabilities allow users to search or browse by date or era, by language, by place of publication or individual title. Users can easily view, magnify, print and save digital images of whole issues, pages and individual articles. – Read more about EAN collections 14-18 on the Readex website.

Two centuries of immigrant life in the U.S.
Spanning the Early Republic’s Open Door Era to the Era of Liberalization in the mid-1960s, Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection covers two centuries of immigrant life in the United States. Nineteenth-century topics include the denial of citizenship to “nonwhites”; the founding of nativist political movements, including the anti-immigrant “Know-Nothing” party; the 1849 discovery of gold in California, which lured people from all over the world; New York City’s place as the world’s largest Irish city in 1860 with more than 200,000 Irish-born citizens; and the Immigration Act of 1882, which levied a tax on all immigrants landing at U.S. ports. – Read more about the Balch collection on the Readex website.

“Burning of Old South Church, Bath, Maine” by John Hilling, circa 1854

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