Louisiana Newspapers

The LSU Libraries has collected and preserved both historical and current Louisiana newspapers since the 1930s and began microfilming dozens of titles in the 1940s.  In 1986, the Libraries began participating in the United States Newspapers Program, an endeavor sponsored by the Library of Congress and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The USNP identified, located, and cataloged more than 1,700 Louisiana newspaper titles statewide dating back as far as 1794.

Digital Louisiana Newspapers

View the Louisiana Newspapers subject guide for a growing list of full-text newspapers available online, a list of searchable databases that include Louisiana titles, and websites for current Louisiana newspapers and magazines.

The Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project, a program funded by the National Digital Newspaper Program and administered by the LSU Libraries between 2009 and 2015, digitized issues from 128 Louisiana newspaper titles dating from between 1836 and 1922 for the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America database.  The project’s homepage contains lists of newspapers, teaching resources, and topic guides.

Louisiana Newspapers on Microfilm

Search our online catalog to find Louisiana newspapers in the LSU Libraries.  They are available usually only on microfilm, as we keep very few original printed issues.  Microfilm for almost all Louisiana newspapers is kept in Hill Memorial Library.  The only exceptions are major Louisiana newspapers for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, which are housed in Middleton Library.  Go to the Government Documents & Microforms area in the basement of Middleton Library to find these major titles:

Alexandria newspapers

  • The Daily Town Talk (1901) on MICROFILM 309
  • The Alexandria Daily Town Talk (1901-1999) on MICROFILM 309
  • The Town Talk (1999) on MICROFILM 309

Baton Rouge newspapers

  • Daily State-Times (1908-1910) on MICROFILM 55
  • The New Advocate (1910-1913) on MICROFILM 55
  • State Times Advocate (1913-1991) on MICROFILM 55
  • Morning Advocate (1925-1992) on MICROFILM 77
  • The Advocate (1992-present) on MICROFILM 77

Lafayette newspapers

  • The Lafayette Advertiser (1900-1914) on MICROFILM 255
  • The Daily Advertiser (1914-present) on MICROFILM 256

Lake Charles newspapers

  • Lake Charles Daily American (1901-1910) on MICROFILM 410
  • Lake Charles Daily American-Press (1910-1912) on MICROFILM 410
  • Lake Charles American-Press (1912-1998) on MICROFILM 410
  • American Press (1998-2015) on MICROFILM 410

Monroe newspapers

  • The Monroe News-Star (1909-1979) on MICROFILM 2184
  • The News-Star (1979-1980) on MICROFILM 2184
  • Monroe Morning World (1929-1978) on MICROFILM 2185
  • Morning World (1978-1980) on MICROFILM 2185
  • News-Star-World (1980-1988) on MICROFILM 2184
  • The News-Star (1988-present) on MICROFILM 2184

New Orleans newspapers

  • The Daily Picayune (1901-1914) on MICROFILM 138
  • The Times-Democrat, The Daily Picayune (1914) on MICROFILM 138
  • The Times-Picayune (1914-1980) on MICROFILM 138
  • Times-Picayune, The States-Item (1980-1986) on MICROFILM 138
  • The Times-Picayune (1986-present) on MICROFILM 138
  • The Daily States (1916-1918) on MICROFILM 1707
  • New Orleans States (1918-1958) on MICROFILM 1707
  • The Daily Item (1901-1902) on MICROFILM 1708
  • The New Orleans Item (1902-1958) on MICROFILM 1708
  • The Morning Tribune (1924-1937) on MICROFILM 1708
  • New Orleans States and New Orleans Item (1958-1960) on MICROFILM 1709
  • New Orleans States-Item (1960-1970) on MICROFILM 1709
  • The States-Item (1970-1980) on MICROFILM 1709
  • The Advocate Daily New Orleans edition (2012-2013) on MICROFILM 77
  • The New Orleans Advocate (2013-present) on MICROFILM 77 & MICROFILM 6188

Shreveport newspapers

  • Shreveport Times (1901-1979) on MICROFILM 497
  • The Times (1979-present) on MICROFILM 497

Louisiana Newspaper Project Microfilm Indexes

These topical lists give titles, publication details, and LSU holdings information for hundreds of Louisiana newspapers.  For a complete list of Louisiana newspapers at LSU and other repositories, consult the Louisiana Newspaper Project printout, which is available in and from the LSU Libraries Special Collections.

Family Trees for Louisiana Newspapers

Many Louisiana newspapers have complex publishing histories, filled with mergers, acquisitions, extinctions, daily and weekly editions, and assorted title changes.  Our newspaper "family trees" offer a visual organization of how newspapers changed over time and became related to other periodicals in the same city.

For more information on the Louisiana Newspaper Project, please contact a librarian.