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News: 1900-1929

This guide recommends resources for finding information in the news - past and present. The UW Libraries has many newspapers on microfilm in addition to those listed here. For help finding more, email mcnews@u.washington.edu

Newspapers as Primary Sources


Black and white image of the frontpage of "The Seattle Star," with the headline: "Whole State is Aroused."

Newspapers and news magazines were extremely influential during this time period, playing roles in local and national political and social issues.  Anthony Fellow explains: "New York had no fewer than 15 dailies and more than twice as many weeklies, but even a town as small as Emporia, Kansas, had two dailies."  In the 1920s, Time magazine and radio emerged as major news sources.     

In 1920, N. W. Ayer & Son's American Newspaper Annual and Directory: A Catalogue of American Newspapers, 1920, volume 2 shows that Seattle had 9 dailies, 20 weeklies, and 32 monthly/semi-montly newspapers.

 

Help: Analyzing Newspapers

*Fellow, A. R. (2009). History of journalism: 1861-1930. In C. H. Sterling (Ed.), Encyclopedia of journalism (Vol. 2, pp. 701-707).

Help finding newspapers in the UW Libraries

  • Search our Microforms & Newspapers Collection database to see which newspapers we hold in print and on microfilm. 
  • Use UW Libraries Search to locate newspapers (online or on microform) by title or place of publication. Type in the place AND newspaper. For example:  Seattle AND newspaperOn the results screen choose the Resource Type "Journals" from the left toolbar.
  • Use the databases on this page for news stories published about your topic. 

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