Newspapers, Magazines & Journals

Newspapers, Magazines & Journals

In Special Collections


Special Collections maintains subscriptions to newspapers, magazines and journals that focus on Washington, D.C. In addition, subscriptions are held for African-American magazines, journals and out-of-state local newspapers. Microfilm copies of many daily local newspapers published from 1800 to the present including African-American titles are available during the MLK Library modernization. A large collection of titles that focus on the nation’s capital, but are no longer published, are available in hard copy by request. Please contact us to learn how to access these resources at an interim location.  

Free Access to Online Resources

Click the links below and use your library card and PIN number to log in via the Library’s website. 

Washington, D.C. Current & Historic Newspapers

The Evening Star
1852 - 1981

Search and browse "scanned" copies of every page of every issue of the Star, long considered the "hometown paper of record" for the nation’s capital. 

  • 1987-Present - The full-text electronic edition.

  • 1877 to 1997 -  Digital edition with full text searching of each page, individual articles and images.

Regional titles include:

  • The Washington Times
  • Washington Jewish Week
  • The Intowner
  • Washington Examiner
  • Asian Fortune
  • El Pregonero
  • And others

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers

Some historic D.C. newspapers have been digitized and are keyword searchable through Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (no library card required). Coverage for Washington, D.C. publications includes the years 1864–1922. Chronicling America is a Library of Congress-sponsored project that has digitized parts of local newspapers from all over the U.S.

Black Studies Current & Historic Newspapers   

Afro American Washington, D.C. Red Star edition from April 2006 to the present and Afro American Baltimore, Md. edition from April 2003 to the present. Both are available in full-text. 

Historic Black Newspapers

Provides full-text access to historic content from four major African American newspapers: The Chicago Defender (1909-1975), The New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993), The Atlanta Daily World (1931-2003) and The Baltimore Afro American (1893-1988).

Accessible Archives

Accessible Archives provides a searchable collection of African American Newspapers from 19th century that includes Washington, D.C. resources. It emphasizes eyewitness accounts of historical events, editorials, popular culture, and commerce during the 19th century for America from resources such as: Christian Recorder, Colored American, Frederick Douglass's Paper, Freedom's Journal, National Era, North Star, Provincial Freeman and Weekly Advocate

Black Studies Center, Abolitionist Papers, History Makers, and BSC Dissertations

Includes the International Index to Black Periodicals and the Index to Black Literature and other journal and newspaper titles available in full-text. 

Additional African and African American newspapers, magazines and journals are available in full-text through the library's Black Studies Online Resources.  

In addition, the Washington City Paper will be available digitally in the Washingtoniana interim location in Fall 2017. This digital version is OCR searchable. Please see the Librarian for instructions.

Print and Microfilm Holdings (In-House Access Only)

Print Holdings
The Washingtoniana Periodicals Collection includes Washington, D.C.-focused publications, including local African American publications. Complete runs of many D.C. newspaper, journal and magazine titles from 1800 to the present are available. Print periodicals are stored off-site during the MLK Library modernization, but may be paged by request. To request materials and schedule an appointment for viewing, please email or call 202-727-2272. See the lists below for holdings and locations.
Microfilm Holdings
Many historic D.C. newspapers will be available on microfilm at the Washingtoniana interim location. All microfilm materials may be scanned to a flash drive (free) or printed. Please be advised that flash drives are not available for purchase in the library. Please bring one with you or see the Librarian for assistance. See the lists below for holdings and locations.

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