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British and Irish Newspapers (Digital Archives)

The Library of Anglo-American Culture has currently licensed two large digital archives of British and Irish newspapers.


The Irish Newspaper Archives provide access to 80 contemporary and historical Irish newspapers. With more than six million pages, it is the most encompassing full text database of Irish newspapers, covering the time span from 1753 until today.

Readers affiliated to a German research institution can register for access free of charge via the Library AAC.


The Historical Newspapers and Periodicals Archive Online contains digital archives of the following three newspapers:

  • The Guardian (1821-2003)
  • The Observer (1791-2003)
  • New Statesman and Nation (1913 - 2000)

Readers affiliated to a German department of English or American Studies can register for access free of charge via the platform of (FID Geschichtswissenschaft). During the registration process, please select your home institution from the dropdown menu.

American and Canadian Newspapers

Supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the library of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies of Freie Universität Berlin has been collecting North American newspapers and news magazines since 1975. In 2011, this collection was transformed into the special subject collection "North American Newspapers" (SSG 7.261) within the DFG's special subject collections programme. Since 2016, several newspaper subscriptions are funded as part of the funding for the Library of Anglo-American Culture and History (FID AAC). The JFKI Library offers extensive holdings for more than 1.500 historical and modern American and Canadian newspapers, including newspapers published by German exile communities in the U.S.

All of the newspapers are archived on microfilm and made available via interlibrary loan and on site at the JFKI Library in Berlin. All newspapers can be found by using the library's search engine Primo. Select the tab "Zeitschriften" and type in the beginning of the title of the newspaper you are looking for. Currently, the library is subscribing to the following newspapers on microfilm: 

  • Le Devoir
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Boston Globe
  • New York Times
  • USA Today
  • Washington Post
  • Chicago Tribune
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