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Louisiana Newspapers

Since the 1930s, LSU Libraries has been collecting and preserving Louisiana newspapers, both historical and current. Long-term preservation microfilming began in the 1940s. In 1986, the Libraries began participating in the United States Newspapers Program(USNP), sponsored by the Library of Congress and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The USNP project identified, located, and cataloged more than 1,700 Louisiana newspaper titles dating as far back as 1794. In recent years, LSU Libraries Special Collections has coordinated and contributed to a number of newspaper digitization projects, including the the National Digital Newspapers Program (NDNP). Thus far the NDNP has funded the establishment of the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project which has has contributed over 70 digitized newspapers published between 1836-1922 to the Library of Congress's Chronicling America.

Most Louisiana newspaper microfilm is held in Special Collections, with the exception of several large daily newspapers published post-1900, which are available in the Government Documents section of Middleton Library. Please check the online catalog for exact location information.

Microfilm may be borrowed by interlibrary loan, viewed by Remote Film Access, or duplicated. For more info, see Microfilming Services.


Digital Resources

Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project

Offers keyword-searchable digital access to 70+ Lousiana Newspapers, 1836-1922. Project pages also include teaching resources, topic guides, histories of newspapers, and search tips.

America's Historical Newspapers

29 Louisiana newspaper titles, 1810-1998, including the New Orleans Daily Picayune/Times-Picayune. LSU faculty, staff, student sign-in or on-site campus access only.

Access World News

27 Louisiana titles, 1986-current, including the New orleans Times-Picayune. LSU faculty, staff, student sign-in or on-site campus access only.

African-American Newspapers, 1827-1998

Contains 11 Louisiana newspapers. LSU faculty, staff, student sign-in or on-site campus access only.

Louisiana Newspaper Access Program (LaNeAp)

Contains digital images of the earliest newspaper titles from each of Louisiana's 64 parishes

Directory of Digitized Newspapers

Provides a listing of free digitized newspaper collections from cultural institutions around the United States.


Microfilm Indexes

Louisiana Newspaper Project(LNP)Indexes

These specialized indexes give titles, publication dates, extant dates, LSU holdings, and LSU call numbers. For a complete listing of Louisiana newspapers at LSU and other repositoires, consult the Louisiana Newspaper Project Printout, hard copies of which are available in and from Special Collections.

Family Trees for Louisiana Newspapers

Some Louisiana newspapers have complicated publishing histories. "Family Trees" provide a visual organization of how newspapers merged, split, and/or changed titles and frequency. Find a family tree.


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