New e-resource for American history: Early American Newspapers – Series 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of series 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 of the Early American Newspapers, adding to the access available to series 1 through 13:

Early American Newspapers Series 14, 1807-1880: The Expansion of Urban America

Early American Newspapers Series 15, 1822-1879: Immigrant Communities

Early American Newspapers Series 16, 1800-1877: Industry and the Environment

Early American Newspapers Series 17, 1844-1922: American Heartland

Early American Newspapers Series 18, 1825-1879: Racial Awakening in the Northeast

Early American Newspapers Series 19, Southern Newspapers: The Politics of Race in the South

Access these resources via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries E-resources A-Z.

For this new acquisition, we are sincerely grateful to the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, whose endowment provides Cambridge with rich and diverse collections to support the study of the history of the United States in the University.

These collections offer essential primary sources for exploring the people, places, and events that shaped the nation and thousands of rare historical American newspapers offering a rich chronicle of daily life in America.

As the first draft of history, American newspapers have preserved essential records and everyday accounts of the people, issues, and events that shaped the nation for hundreds of years.

From the late 17th century to the end of the eighteenth, most American newspapers were published by small-town printers and reflected the interests and values of the communities they served. As the country grew and changed through the 1800s, so too did its newspapers.  During this period, the number of new titles rose dramatically, and newspapers were transformed by an increasing emphasis on society, industry, scientific advances, investigative journalism, and human-interest stories. By the early 20th century, nearly every town in the United States had its own newspaper.

Multiple series, thousands of titles, all on a single platform
For searching and browsing American newspapers from four centuries, America’s Historical Newspapers is the most comprehensive digital resource of its kind. It offers access to thousands of titles sourced from all 50 states and is constantly growing with newly sourced content. The newspapers in America’s Historical Newspapers provide eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, obituaries, and much more. Together, they are an indispensable chronicle of the evolution of American culture and daily life from 1690 to the recent past. 

For a full title list to browse visit here.

THE NEGRO’S OPINION.—Some years ago, the boiler-men negroes on Huckenfield estate were overheard by the book-keeper discoursing on this subject, (the superiority of the whites,) and various opinions were given, till the question was thus set at rest by an old African:- “When God Almighty made de world, him make two men, a nigger and a buckra; and him give dem two box, and him tell dem for make dem choice. Nigger, (nigger greedy from time,) when him find one box heavy, him take it, and buckra take t’other; when dem open de box, buckra see pen, ink and paper; nigger box full up with hoe and bill, and hoe and bill for nigger till this day”–Freedom’s Sentinel (Athol, Massachusetts), February 19, 1828 — EAN Series 18 Racial Awakening in the Northeast

Road on Minachoque Farm, Wilbraham Massachusetts — close to the site of the Sentinel Elm, Athol, thought to have supplied the name for the newspaper Freedom’s Sentinel

New e-resource: Que s’est-il passé le…? Consultez Retronews

We are delighted to announce Cambridge University now has full access to “le site de presse de la BnF”, Retronews.

Cambridge students and academics have been interested in Retronews since its inception in 2016, but with full subscription access now following a successful extended trial at the end of 2022, our insights into centuries of French history may now deepen and flourish.

For an excellent introduction to this new resource please see the European Languages Across Borders promotion that describes Retronews in detail.

Retronews subscription provides access to the full, unabbreviated versions of the articles plus long-form research articles. The earliest title, La Gazette de Theophraste Renaudot, dates back to 1631. Retronews adds newly digitized archives to the site each week and Cambridge now contributes to fund the growth of the digitization.  The majority of the newspapers were published between 1881 (the passing of press freedom law) and 1914, reflecting the golden age of the French press; from Zola to Durand, from Colette to Roussel, explore Retronews for as many views on the history, culture, politics, religion, leisure and social and regional life of France as there are pages to read.

To get the most out of Retronews, please read the guidance on searching, filtering search results, and researching term frequency here. And for general navigation of the site and individual titles/pages see here. Retronews supplies help also in the form of tutorial videos.

Comment le monde portera le casque, Le Rire, Cover 6 February 1915

You can access Retronews directly on or off campus via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries E-resources A-Z. Titles will be discoverable in iDiscover shortly.

You may also be interested in the A-Z Databases: Francophone Area Studies, which includes Europresse, which provides access to current newspapers but also to some of their archives. And Cambridge’s new acquisition of the Le Monde digital archive 1944-2000.

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 24 : Subject guides just for you

As a member of the University of Cambridge you have access to 1519 databases (including subscribed and freely available) through our Databases A-Z.

The A-Z is organised alphabetically and offers a search box for you to find specific eresources easily.

If you would prefer to browse the list you might find it easier to use the subject drop down list to limit the A-Z to subjects for your subject area/s.

Image of the Databases A-Z with the subject drop down list showing the first few subjects available

African Studies best bets lists from the Databases A-ZYou’ll then see a list of ‘Best bets’ followed by other databases that should be relevant for your research.

If you are still unsure about the databases that might be most useful for your research you can get advice from your Department or Faculty Library team.

Image of LibGuides subject listThere are 52 subject specific LibGuides that will include information about the eresources available for you to use over the Christmas break and when your library is closed.

These subject specific guides will have been created by subject specialists and will include links to eresources you will find useful for your research. You are welcome to use any and all guides that you think might be useful to you for your research.

Image of presents
Image by Yvette Fang from Pixabay

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 21 : Newspapers around the world

We have access to newspapers from around the globe. They are listed on our newspapers pages as Overseas and Foreign Language Newspapers and British Newspapers.

Along with links to archive and current content from single newspapers you can also search multiple sources on platforms such as Factiva, Gallica, Middle Eastern and North African Newspapers (MENA), World News Connection, and British Library Newspapers.

Image of the MENA platform showing Christmas stories from 1961

We also have an A-Z listing of newspapers on our Newspaper LibGuide 

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 3: Spotlight on Historical Newspapers

Cambridge University Libraries provide a wealth of digital archives of historical newspapers. This year we were proud and delighted to add to our collections the American Indian Newspapers collection from Adam Matthew Digital.

Our calendar window opens in a year earlier than most titles in the collection that grew out of the Wounded Knee Occupation. The collection’s unique titles invite researchers to expore subjects including the self-determination era and American Indian Movement (AIM), education, environmentalism, land rights, and cultural representation from an Indigenous perspective.

From the collection we share the Christmas joy felt in 1926 in the Indian School Journal, in this poem by Philipps Brooks published in the Indian School Journal, December 1926, © Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!

Christmas in lands of the fir-tree and pine,

Christmas in lands of the palm-tree and vine,

Christmas where snow peaks stand solemn and white,

Christmas where corn-fields lie sunny and bright,

Christmas where children are hopeful and gay,

Christmas where old men are patient and gray;

Christmas where peace, is like a dove in its flight,

Broods o’er brave men in the thick of the fight;

Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight,

For the Christ Child who comes is the master of all;

No palace too great and no cottage too small.

AshishTripurwar, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

RetroNews : access until 30th November 2022

RetroNews is now available to access until 30th November 2022 as a trial resource.

If you would like to send your feedback about this resource you can do so via the online form. Feedback will be used to help decide on new eresource acquisitions.

RetroNews, the National Library of France’s press site, gives free and open access to 700 press titles published between 1631 and 1950. In addition to the resources on Gallica, RetroNews is both a digital space for consulting archives , a research tool and a magazine for all giving to discover the history by the press archives.

Created in 2012 to increase the pace of the digitization of the BnF and make digitized documents more accessible, BnF-Partenariats designed and implemented, with the initial support of the National Fund for the Digital Society, a new entirely dedicated online service to the old press: .

With RetroNews, everyone can consult all the press titles, short articles or videos for free and without registration. The site also offers subscribers exclusive editorial content (audio version, long formats, documentations on the history of the press), as well as advanced functionalities and expert search tools indicated by a specific color code. The revenues generated by RetroNews through subscriptions make it possible to digitize new newspapers and continuously enrich the site.

Photo by Boris Ulzibat from Pexels

New e-resource: Novaia Gazeta Digital Archive

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of the Novaia Gazeta Digital Archive and a new subscription to the paper’s new Europe edition

The text about Novaia gazeta below is provided by East View, but the description predates Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.  It therefore does not reflect the closure of the paper in Russia in March 2022 following government pressure to curb its frankness about the war nor the paper’s re-appearance in May 2022 as a separate Europe edition.

About The Collection

Novaia gazeta (Новая газета, The New Newspaper) is a popular independent Moscow newspaper known for critical investigative reporting, working to expose corruption, abuse of power and violation of laws amongst the government and main financial structures of modern Russia.

Launched in 1993, the newspaper has published under the title of Novaia ezhednevnaia gazeta (Новая ежедневная газета, The New Daily Newspaper) and Novaia gazeta ponedel’nik (Новая газета понедельник, The New Newspaper Monday). One constant, however, has been Novaia gazeta’s consistent reporting on a variety of contentious issues, including corruption and war crimes in Chechnya, human rights violations, persecution of LGBTQ+ activists, torture practices in Russian prisons, and murders of political opponents. Sometimes referred to as “Russia’s bravest media outlet,” Novaia gazeta has had several of its journalists assassinated in their line of work, including Yuri Shchekochikhin, Anna Politkovskaia, Natalia Estemirova, Stanislav Markelov, and Anastasia Baburova.

More recently, the newspaper was recognized for its efforts to defend and promote free speech with the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Novaia gazeta’s co-founder and editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov.’

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

If you have any questions about this collection, please do get in touch with the Electronic Collection Management team (

New e-resource: American Indian Newspapers

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to announce the acquisition of the digital archive American Indian Newspapers.

For this new acquisition, we are sincerely grateful to the legacy of Dr. Mark Kaplanoff, Fellow of Pembroke College, whose endowment provides Cambridge with rich and diverse collections to support the study of the history of the United States in the University.

Image of the database from the Adam Matthew platform

From historic pressings to contemporary periodicals, explore nearly 200 years of Indigenous print journalism from the US and Canada. With newspapers representing a huge variety in publisher, audience and era, discover how events were reported by and for Indigenous communities.

American Indian Newspapers aims to present a diverse and robust collection of print journalism from Indigenous peoples of the US and Canada over more than 9,000 individual editions from 1828-2016.

Representing a huge variety in style, production and audience, the newspapers include national periodicals as well as local community news and student publications. The 45 unique titles also include bi-lingual and Indigenous-language editions, such as Hawaiian, Cherokee and Navajo languages.

A link to this database is included in the A-Z Databases Libguide. Records for titles included in this database are available in iDiscover.

Text taken from the Adam Matthews platform

The Global Press Archive Charter Alliance – Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers collection (Open Access)

The Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers collection traces the evolution of Mexico during this pivotal period. Comprising nearly 1,000 titles from Mexico’s pre-independence, independence and revolutionary periods (1807-1929), the newspapers in this collection provide rare documentation of the dramatic events of this era and include coverage of Mexican partisan politics, yellow press, political and social satire, as well as local, regional, national and international news. While holdings of many of the newspapers in this collection are available only in very short runs, the titles are often unique and, in many cases, represent the only existing record of a newspaper’s short-lived publication.

The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were a tumultuous time in Mexico’s history. Wars with Spain, France and the United States taxed the country’s resources and reshaped its territory, while economic depression, regional political movements and increased government repression led to the Mexican Revolution and subsequent regional and inter-regional uprisings. Political, economic and social uncertainty reigned supreme during this critical period as Mexico struggled to define itself and its relations with the world.

Most of the titles in the Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers collection are from the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, a research library at the University of Texas at Austin for area studies on Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Latino presence in the United States. The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is regarded by many as the preeminent Latin American library in the United States and is particularly rich in out-of-the-ordinary materials issued in small print runs, many difficult to acquire when first published and impossible to acquire today.

Open Access to this collection is made possible through the generous support of the Center for Research Libraries and its member institutions.

Text from the East View platform for the collection.

The Global Press Archive Charter Alliance – Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers collection (Open Access)

The Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers collection provides invaluable perspective on this critical period. The press of more than twenty cities is represented, spanning the Chinese mainland and the entire half century. The collection provides researchers a richly comprehensive perspective on Chinese life, culture, and politics throughout the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the years of provisional government and civil war, and the birth of the People’s Republic.

The first half of the twentieth century began with the demise of China’s last imperial dynasty, the Great Qing, and ended with the foundation of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949. Following the 1912 establishment of China’s first post-imperial government, the Republic of China, the country experienced both industrial and social revolution, a civil war during which communist and nationalist forces battled to shape the country’s future, and looming external threats during both world wars.

Open Access to this collection is made possible through the generous support of the Center for Research Libraries and its member institutions.

Text from the East View platform for the collection.