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Simpson Library | Special Collections

Newspapers: Newspapers on Microfilm

Microfilm

"Microfilm" refers to reels of film that contain microscopic images of documents. The library uses microfilm to store millions of pages in a small space. To read microfilm, you load it into a machine called a microfilm reader, which uses a microscope to expand the documents to readable size and display them on a monitor.

A reel of microfilm of the Free Lance-Star

One of the library's microfilm readers, displaying a page from the Free Lance-Star

 

Simpson Library's collection of microfilm is stored in two grey cabinets on the first floor, near the back wall, on the left side of the building as viewed from the front entrance. You can use the library's microfilm readers to view documents and create PDF scans for free, or make printouts for 10 cents per page.

If you are using microfilm for the first time, please speak with library a staff member. We'd love to help you!

Below is a list of Virginia and Maryland newspapers on microfilm in Simpson Library. Newspapers from Fredericksburg are listed first.

Early Fredericksburg Newspapers on Microfilm

The library owns printed indexes for many of these newspapers. These indexes are shelved with the books in the Reference section, and are marked below with a blue book icon.

The UMW Department of Historic Preservation has created a combined online index for all newspapers published in Fredericksburg between 1787 and 1928. Use this index to find the date of an article, and then use the microfilm to read the full text.

Additional Early Virginia and Maryland Newspapers on Microfilm

The library owns printed indexes for many of these newspapers. These indexes are shelved with the books in the Reference section, and are marked below with a blue book icon.

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Finding American newspapers on microfilm

If you want to request newspapers on microfilm from other libraries (using interlibrary loan), use this book to find the titles and publishing runs of particular newspapers.