Buffalo Newspapers

Sample page of the Buffalo Gazette

Buffalo has over two centuries of newspaper history dating back to the Buffalo Gazette, which began publishing in 1811. These surviving newspapers are on microfilm in various libraries. They are gradually being digitized for online access. Below are the largest collections, online and offline, of Buffalo-area newspapers.

In case it isn’t clear, the folks at BuffaloResearch.com do not own any old newspapers. Instead, we watch for when various providers (usually libraries) digitize them. Then we collect the links here. If the newspaper you need is not online, check with an offline owner.

You may also like our Buffalo Deaths Page and this timeline of selected Buffalo newspapers, 1818 to the present.

Online ProvidersDescriptionCost
The Buffalo News website has full text articles going back to 1988.Mix of free and fee
Chronicling America is the Library of Congress’s newspaper digitization program. Check here to see the progress for New York State.Free
FultonHistory is a private webmaster’s project. Has online newspapers from upstate & western NY and other parts of the country. You may prefer the alternative FultonSearch interface.Free
GenealogyBank has a few newspapers from Buffalo & Western NY. Has some 19th century papers but most date back to around 2010.Free trial, then fee-based
New York Times logoWhile not a Buffalo newspaper, the New York Times used to carry stories & obituaries from Buffalo. Has full text from 1851 to the present.Mix of free and fee
New York State Newspapers has full text, computer-era articles from the Lockport Union Sun & Journal, New York Times, Niagara Falls Reporter, Tonawanda News, Medina Journal-Register, and more central and downstate NY papers.Free to residents of New York State. You will be authenticated by geolocation.
Newspapers.com has all of Buffalo’s English-language newspapers, online and full-text, from 1811 to 1923, courtesy of a partnership with The Buffalo History MuseumFree trial, then fee-based. Can be used on site at the Buffalo History Museum by appointment. Book your library appointment
Libraries across NY are gradually contributing their newspaper microfilms for online, full-text access at NYSHistoricNewspapers. It is a grant-dependent process.Free
Offline Provider & LinkDescriptionCost
Buffalo & Erie County Public LibraryThe Buffalo & Erie County Public Library has a large microfilm and hard copy collection of Buffalo newspapers. On-site researchers can also use these newspaper databases.Free
The Buffalo History MuseumThe Buffalo History Museum has a large microfilm collection of Buffalo newspapers. On-site researchers can also use Newspapers.com.Book your library appointment
E.H. Butler LibraryButler Library has a large offline Courier-Express collection, 1926-1982. On-site researchers can also use these newspaper databases.Free
New York State LibraryThe NY State Library has a large collection of newspaper microfilm from across the state, available via interlibrary loan to any library anywhere. On-site researchers can also use these newspaper databases.Free
University of Buffalo Libraries logoThe UB Libraries have the Buffalo News on microfilm from 1881-1925, part of 1926, part of 1951, and 1954-2012. On-site researchers can also use these newspaper databases.Free

Since you read this far, here’s why libraries & museums do not want the newspaper you found in your wall.

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