The images on this web site were scanned, processed by an optical character recognition program and converted to computer files. The contents of those files were then indexed and placed on a central server.

These research resources are available for online use at no charge. Downloading a large number of files is not permitted.

This is created and administered by the Northern New York Library Network in partnership with the Empire State Library Network

Particular thanks is extended to Mike Beccaria of Paul Smith's College for his outstanding contribution to the development of this project.

How to Participate

Interested organizations are encouraged to submit their scanned newspapers for inclusion on

Scanned newspapers should meet the following minimum standards:
- PDFs (preferred) or TIFF files, with each newspaper title individually identified, and OCR files included if possible
- Images should be 1-Up (One image contains one page of newspaper)
- 300 dpi / black and white (400 dpi / grey scale preferred)
- Each page filed as: YYYYMMDD – p#

For example:
nowheresville-gazette-18590621 – 001.pdf
nowheresville-gazette-18590621 – 002.pdf
nowheresville-gazette-18590622 – 001.pdf
nowheresville-gazette-18590622 – 002.pdf

Scanned files of newspapers can be submitted to:

NYS Historic Newspapers Project
6721 US HWY 11
Potsdam, NY 13676

Large files may be sent on a hard drive, which will be returned to the contributor.

For more information, contact or any of the nine regional library councils that participate in this project.

Copyright and Reproductions

The newspapers on the New York State Historic Newspapers website are either in the public domain (any papers published before January 1, 1924) or has been cleared for usage by the original copyright holder for members of the public for noncommercial, educational, and research purposes. The written permission of any copyright owners and/or other rights holders is required for reproduction, distribution, or other use of any protected items beyond those listed above and may be protected by United States Copyright Law. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

New York State Historic Newspapers allows the download of items in the database for the above uses. Attempts to download entire newspaper runs or other unauthorized access could result in the revocation of the right to utilize this database. Please direct any questions or comments about this policy to