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THIST 410 Early American Politics and Law: The American Revolution: Primary Sources: Newspapers

What is a primary source?

Primary sources include documents or artifacts created by a witness to or participant in an event.  They can be firsthand testimony or evidence created during the time period that you are studying. 

Primary sources
 may include diaries, letters, photographs, newspaper articles, government documents, poems, novels, plays, and music.  The collection and analysis of primary sources is central to historical research.

Newspapers and Magazines

Available in the Tacoma microfilm collection

    All titles below can be requested at the Service Desk in the Tioga Library Building (TLB).  The microfilm reader/printers are in the Snoqualmie Building (SNO).  Please ask library staff for assistance.

    •  American Mercury ( Hartford ), 1791-1820 
    •  Connecticut Courant ( Hartford ), 1764-1820 
    •  Daily Advertiser ( New York , NY ), 1785-1806 
    •  Gazette of the United States ( Philadelphia ), 1789-1836 
    •  Maryland Gazette ( Annapolis ), 1745-1839 
    •  New England Chronicle ( Boston ), 1776-1820 
    •  Newport (RI) Mercury, 1758-1820 
    •  Otsego Herald ( Cooperstown , NY ), 1801-1821

    Available online

    1811 News Article

    Article from the Albany [NY] Register

    Article from the Albany [NY] Register, p. 3
    January 15, 1811