Leeds University Library

Historic newspapers and news sources

17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers: newspapers, pamphlets, and books gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). The collection contains news publications, including the free press and pamphlets.

British Newspapers: 1600-1900: an extensive collection of full text newspapers from across the British Isles and the British Empire.

Economist: the historical archive of the Economist covers the period 1843-2003, charting the economic conditions of the 19th and 20th centuries on a weekly basis.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS): the United States' Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports from the mid 1970s to the mid-1990s. The original mission of the FBIS was to monitor, record, transcribe, and translate intercepted radio broadcasts from foreign governments, official news services, and clandestine broadcasts from occupied territories. The Daily Reports (1974-1996) consist of translated broadcasts, agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals and government statements from nations around the globe.

The Guardian and The Observer: searchable full text back to the first issue of The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003).

Nineteenth Century Serials Edition (NCSE): access to six 19th century periodicals and newspapers: Monthly Repository (1806-1837) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Northern Star (1838-1852), Leader (1850-1860), English Woman's Journal (1858-1864), Tomahawk (1867-1870), and Publishers' Circular (1880-1890). All the content is searchable by keyword.

New York Times: all articles between 1851 and 2003. This is an excellent source for contemporary coverage of events during this period.

Nexis: news articles from 1981. Nexis covers thousands of newspapers from around the world.

Times Digital Archive: an excellent resource for reports on events between 1785 and 1985.

Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900: if you are struggling to find contemporary sources for the 19th century, this database tells you what was published. Although there is no full text with this resource, it will tell you where the newspapers and periodicals are located in the UK.