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Newspaper Articles: Virginia Newspapers Online

A Guide to Finding Newspaper Articles

Virginia Newspapers Online

The online edition of Fredericksburg's daily newspaper includes full-text articles, wire reports, a calendar of events, and other features.   The library has a number of bound issues in the stacks on the far end of the second floor (near Room 225 and the elevator).   Some individual issues are missing, but the holdings roughly include:  January 1945 - December 1953, January 1962; January 1970 - April 1998; June 1998 - December 2010. The Free Lance-Star is indexed in the Nexis Uni database.  The newspaper is also available on microfilm (see "Early Newspapers" tab above).

Fredericksburg newspapers from the Google News Archive include the Virginia Herald (1792-1809), the News (1849-1862), the Ledger (1865-1874), the Free Lance (1885-1926), the Star (1898-1900), the Daily Star (1917-1918), and the Free Lance-Star (1920-2006).  Holdings are not complete for all years.  Chronicling America provides full-text coverage of the Free Lance.
Richmond Daily Dispatch, 1860-1865.
A digitization of the Richmond Daily Dispatch for the Civil War years.

Virginia Chronicle
Provides access to thousands of newspaper articles from newspapers throughout Virginia.  Users can both browse (by title and date) and search the collection.  This resources is sponsored by the Library of Virginia, whose Virginia Newspaper Project attempts to find, identify, catalog, and preserve American newspapers housed in Virginia libraries. 

Virginia Gazette, 1736-1780.
Digital issues of Williamsburg's weekly newspaper, published from 1736-1780.