Buffalo Newspapers

Sample page of the Buffalo Gazette

Buffalo has 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. If the newspaper you need is not online, check with an offline owner.

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Online ProvidersDescriptionCost
The Buffalo News‘ own website has full text articles going back to 1988.Free
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. 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
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
Libraries across NY are gradually contributing their newspapers for online, full-text access at NYSHistoricNewspapers. It is a grant-dependent process.Free
Links for small collectionsSome short runs of papers online here and there
Offline ProvidersDescriptionCost
The 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 Museum has a large microfilm collection of Buffalo newspapers. On-site researchers can also use Newspapers.com.Free admission until the end of 2020
Butler Library has a large offline Courier-Express collection, 1926-1982. On-site researchers can also use these newspaper databases.Free
The 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 1881-1925, 1926 (incomplete), 1951 (incomplete), 1954-2012. On-site researchers can also use these newspaper databases.Free
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