Microform Collections: History

Information about selected microform collections at Western Libraries.

American Biographical Archive

Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs to the Secretary of the Interior

Foreign Relations of the United States


The Microbook Library of American Civilization (LAC)

Newspapers on Microfilm

Newspapers on microfilm

    • WHAT: While not a formal collection in itself, the Library does own a variety of current and historical newspapers on microfilm. There are extensive runs of the Bellingham Herald, Seattle Times, and New York Times, among others. When looking for articles in older papers be aware that big city papers often published several editions a day (morning, afternoon, evening, etc.). The edition cited in a particular newspaper index may not be the same edition we committed to microfilm. If an article is not exactly where the citation indicates it should be this may because the editions being referenced do not match. While the article is likely in the paper you will have to browse though the issue's pages looking for it.
    • FORMAT & SCOPE: Varies by title. Consult online catalog.
    • ORGANIZATION: Newspapers are filed by the call number assigned to each title. They are typically arranged chronologically within the assigned call number. Note: The Times of London and the Sunday Times (of London) are treated as two titles each with its own call number.


  • INDEX: Paper indexes for some papers are shelved near the collections in Wilson 2 West. These papers also indexed in ProQuest Newspapers. Among them:
    * Bellingham Herald (Minimal indexing. Also indexed online in the Bellingham Public Library catalog.
  • * New York Times 
    * Wall Street Journal
    * Seattle Times (minimal indexing)
    * Times of London 

    The following library subscription databases, which include some full text articles online, also index newspapers:
    ProQuest Newspapers

The Nineteenth Century

Oral History: Washington State Archives

Pre-1900 Canadiana

Underground Newspaper Collection

Librarian for History

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