Buffalo Newspapers

Buffalo has two centuries of newspaper history dating back to the Buffalo Gazette, which began publishing in 1811. These surviving newspapers are on microfilm in various libraries. They are gradually being digitized for online access. Below are the largest collections, online and offline, of Buffalo-area newspapers.

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Source & LinkDescriptionCost
Buffalo and Erie County Public LibraryHas extensive microfilm and hard copy collection of Buffalo newspapers for in-person users.Free
Buffalo History MuseumHas extensive microfilm collection of Buffalo newspapers for in-person users.Free admission for members
Buffalo State CollegeButler Library at BSC has a large Courier-Express collection, 1926-1982Free
Chronicling AmericaThis is the newspaper digitization program at the Library of Congress. Check here to see the progress for New York State.Free
FultonHistory.comA hobby project by a private webmaster. Has digitized newspapers from upstate & western NY and other parts of the country. Some people prefer the alternative FultonSearch interface.Free
New York State LibraryThe NYSL has an enormous collection of newspaper microfilm from across the state, available for interlibrary loan to any library anywhere.Free
Newspapers.comNewspapers.com has the full text of Buffalo’s English-language newspapers from 1811 to 1923.Free trial, then fee-based
NYSHistoricNewspapersLibraries across NY are gradually contributing their newspapers. It is a slow, grant-dependent process. Funding is never guaranteed.Free
Links for small collectionsSome short runs of papers online here and there
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