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Alabama Newspaper Resource Guide
Alabama Newspaper Resource Guide
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Description: Locating newspapers in Alabama

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Alabama Department of Archives and History maintains the largest collection in the state of microfilmed newspapers. Newspaper microfilm may be viewed at the library, may be borrowed through interlibrary loan or reels may be purchased.

Online Databases:

Newspapers on Microfilm Database - This database contains a listing of all microfilmed newspaper holdings by the department and can be searched by county, title or type of newspaper.

Hardbound Newspapers Database - This database contains a listing of their holding of original newspapers and can be searched by county, newspaper title, or type of newspaper.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
Alabama Department of Archives and History
PO Box 300100
Montgomery, AL 36130-0100

Physical Address:
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL

Telephone: 334-353-4706
Fax: 334-240-3433 has over 16,000,000 newspaper pages currently online and their database continues to grow each month. These pages are from over 1,000 different newspapers in the U. S., U. K. and Canada, dating back to the 1700's.

The Historical Newspaper Collection at the time of this writing, includes the following newspapers in Alabama:

The Cullman Democrat (Cullman, Alabama) 1930-1951
The Dothan Eagle (Dothan, Alabama)Â 1908-1951
The Southern Immigrant (Cullman, Alabama)Â 1878-1878 also has an Obituary Collection that currently contains over 9,000,000 obituaries. At the time of this writing, the Alabama obituaries included are from the following newspapers:

Alexander City Outlook (Alexander City, AL) 2003-2007
Andalusia Star News (Andalusia, AL) 2003-2005
Anniston Star, The (Anniston, AL) 2003-2007
Atmore Advance (Atmore, AL) 2003-2007
Birmingham Times, The (Birmingham, AL) 2005-2005
Brewton Standard (Brewton, AL) 2004-2005
Cherokee County Herald (Centre, AL) 2003-2006
Clanton Advertiser (Clanton, AL) 2003-2007
Cleburne News, The (Heflin, AL) 2003-2007
Cullman Times, The (Cullman, AL) 2004-2007
Daily Home, The (Talladega, AL) 2004-2007
Daily Mountain Eagle (Jasper, AL) 2004-2004
Decatur Daily, The (Decatur, AL) 2004-2005
Demopolis Times (Demopolis, AL) 2003-2005
Dothan Eagle, The (Dothan, AL) 2003-2005
Enterprise Ledger (Enterprise, AL) 2004-2004
Gadsden Times (Gadsden, AL) 2003-2006
Greenville Advocate (Greenville, AL) 2004-2004
Hartselle Enquirer (Harselle, AL) 2004-2007
Jacksonville News (Jacksonville, AL) 2003-2007
Messenger, The (Troy, AL) 2003-2007
Mobile Register, The (Mobile, AL) 2004-2007
Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) 2003-2007
Opelika-Auburn News (Opelika, AL) 2003-2007
Pickens County Herald (Carrollton, AL) 2004-2006
Selma Times-Journal (Selma, AL) 2003-2007
Shelby County Reporter (Columbiana, AL) 2003-2007
Shoals Times Daily (Florence, AL) 2004-2007
Southeast Sun (Enterprise, AL) 2004-2007
Sumter County Record-Journal (Livingston, AL) 2004-2005
The Birmingham News (Birmingham, AL) 2004-2006
Times Daily (Florence, AL) 2003-2007
Tuscaloosa News, The (Tuscaloosa, AL) 2003-2007
Valley Times-News, The (Lanett, AL) 2003-2003

If you do not have a current subscription to, you can use the free trial link: Free Trial has recently added small town newspapers to their collection of online databases. They currently have over 1,000,000 newspaper pages online and will continue to add over 100,000 pages each month.

The Small Town Papers Collection, at the time of this writing, includes the following newspapers in Alabama:

Clay News (Clay, Alabama)
Democrat Reporter (Linden, Alabama)
Florala News (Florala, Alabama)
Lamar Democrat and Sulligent News (Vernon, Alabama)

They offer the following subscription packages:
6-Month Package - Six month access to all databases.
Yearly Package - One full year of access to all databases.
Two Year Package - Two full years of full access to all databases, plus one year subscription to the print publication Everton's Genealogical Helper.

Library of Congress

Library of Congress holds one of the largest newspaper collections in the world, comprised not only of the major titles published in all 50 states and territories of the United States, but also of titles from most independent countries and many dependent states that have existed during the past three centuries. Their collection holds over 9,000 US newspaper titles and over 25,000 non-US newspaper titles on over 500,000 microfilm reels and most are available through interlibrary loan.

Mailing Address:
Serial and Government Publications Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4760

Physical Address:
101 Independence Ave. SE
Madison Building, LM-133
Washington, D.C. 20540-4760

Telephone: 202-707-5691
Fax: 202-707-6128

Submitted: 02/25/07 (Edited 01/21/11)

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