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Brooklyn Newsstand

Developed by the Brooklyn Public Library, this free database provides access to the full-text of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle from 1841 to 1955.
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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle was published from 1841 to 1955 and was revived for a short time from 1960 to 1963.
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Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867–1970

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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps are highly detailed city plans providing researchers with a wealth of information about urban change in American cities. These maps were originally produced between 1867 and 1970 for the purpose of assessing risk and cost of insurance. The Sanborn maps are arranged by state, then city and release data.  Currently there are over several sheets from city sets online in the following states: Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.
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History, New York City History, Maps, Atlases, Cartography, Building and Construction, Maps, Atlases, and Cartography
English

Gateway to North America: People, Places, and Organizations of 19th-Century New York

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A collection of historical directories, member lists, and other name-rich sources, focusing on New York City during the long 19th century.  Documents are fully text-searchable and originate from the print collection of the New-York Historical Society.  Other categories of documents include maps, illustrated advertisements, burial lists, and gazetteers. The list of titles available in this database is available here. 
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Genealogy, New York City History, United States History, Directories, Manuscripts and Rare Books, Maps, Atlases, Cartography
English

Newsday (1940-1992)

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Historical coverage from Newsday, the Long Island and New York City News Source. 
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New York City History, Historical Newspapers, U.S. Newspapers
English

New York Amsterdam News (1922-1993)

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Searchable full-text and page images of the leading Black newspaper of the 20th century. 
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This leading Black newspaper of the 20th century reached its peak in the 1940s. The Amsterdam News was a strong advocate for the desegregation of the U.S. military during World War II, and also covered the historically important Harlem Renaissance.
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New Yorker Digital Archive

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The entire run of the New Yorker, in full text and full color, from 1925-present. 
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Advertising, History, New York City History, United States History, Language and Literature, Performing Arts, Magazines, Journals and Serials, American Studies
English

New York Herald (1840-1865)

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Searchable full-text and page images from the New York Herald, 1840-1865, through the ProQuest Civil War Era database. 
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English

New York State County Histories

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Full-text searchable 19th century histories of counties in all of New York state. 
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Part I (Southeast) contains the following counties; Westchester, Queens, Kings, Richmond, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, and Sullivan. Part II (Central) contains the following counties; Columbia, Greene, Delaware, Albany, Schoharie, Otsego, Madison, Chenango, Broome, Cortlandt, Tioga, Tompkins, Chemung, Dutchess and Ulster. Part III contains the following counties and area; Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Northwestern New York, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.
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New York State Newspapers

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A collection of major New York State newspapers, available in full-text. 
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The following New York State newspapers are available in full-text: Buffalo News [Buffalo, NY] Herald-American [Syracuse, NY] New York Observer [New York, NY] New York Times [New York, NY] Post-Standard [Syracuse, NY]
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New York Times (1851-2017) w/ Index

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Searchable full-text and page images from The New York Times archive with the option to search by subject headings (index covers 1851-1993).     
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New York Times (1980-present)

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Full-text articles from The New York Times.   
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New York Book Review, 1997 to the present. New York Magazine, 1997 to the present.
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New York Tribune / Herald Tribune (1841-1962)

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Full text and full page and article images of the following titles: New-York Tribune (1841-1842); New-York Daily Tribune (1842-1866); New-York Tribune (1866-1924);  New York Herald, New York Tribune (1924-1926); The New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962). 
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ProQuest Historical Newspapers: U.S. Northeast Collection

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Searchable full-text and page images of the Northeast Regional Historical Newspapers collections, which includes the following titles related to New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: U.S. Northeast Collection is accessible from home with the library card. This database includes the New York Daily News
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Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, NJ)—1905-2009 The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT)—1848-2007 Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ)—1891-2010 Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ)—1949-2009 The Daily Journal (Vineland, NJ)—1925-2011 Daily Record (Morristown, NJ)—1974-2012 Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, NJ)—1903-2009 The Ithaca Journal (Ithaca, NY)—1914-2011 The Journal News (Rockland: West Nyack, NY)—1889-1990 The Journal News (Yorktown: White Plains, NY)—TBD The Morning Call (Allentown, PA)—1883-2010 New York Daily News (New York, NY)—1919-2009 The News Journal (Wilmington, DE)—1871-2009 Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia, PA)—1960-2001 Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA)—1960-2001 Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie, NY)—1785-2010 Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY)—1904-2009 Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY)—1871-2008 Star-Gazette (Elmira, NY)—1891-2011)
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Wall Street Journal (1889-1996)

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Searchable full-text and page images from the Wall Street Journal archive.  
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Finance, New York City History, Historical Newspapers, U.S. Newspapers
The digital backfile of the Wall Street Journal provides historical coverage of business news and worldwide financial markets. Part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers, this database delivers cover-to-cover full-images in PDF and searchable ASCII text.
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Wall Street Journal, 1984-present

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 Full text of the Wall Street Journal, 1984-present.    
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