Newspapers from the 1500
Newspapers from the 1800's
for authentic resources and/or collectibles pertaining to Abraham Lincoln,
Frederick Douglass, Sitting Bull... or from the Civil War, War of 1812, Wild
West eras... or regarding Emancipation, the Gold Rush, and/or Westward
Expansion? If so, historic newspapers are a great choice!
The mid-19th Century also saw an explosion of the inclusion of illustrations
within newspapers. The works of Thomas Nast, Winslow Homer, Fredrick
Remington, W. A. Rogers, and A. B. Frost helped fuel an era of printing which
has led to an assortment of highly collectible illustrated newspapers.
Additionally, while the newspapers of today would generally be considered
secondary source material, this was not the case during the 17th through 19th
centuries. Previous to the 20th century and the technologies of radio,
television, and certainly the internet, much public discourse occurred directly
It was not uncommon for newspapers to be created specifically to espouse the
platforms and views of an individual or political party--often viewed by the
public for the first time. To provide context for their readership it was common
to publish responses by their contemporaries, including those with opposing
views. This created a nice blend of both primary and secondary reporting, making
newspapers the chosen arena for debate & providing unmatched context for
determining how leaders' views of the day were interpreted.
Not only were newspapers the "king of
media", they were the only media for much
of American history!
It is with this in mind that we invite you to collect
...through original and historic newspapers.