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The first step to finding print or microfilmed copies of Maine newspapers offline is Chronicling America from the Library of Congress. The database offers information on almost 1,500 newspapers published in Maine, the dates and places of publication, and the locations of bound or microfilmed copies.

Copies of the Lewiston Daily Sun (1890-1989) and Lewiston Evening Journal (1860-1979) and Lewiston Sun-Journal (2005-2006) may now be viewed online in the Google News Archive.

Copies of the Bangor Daily News (1970-2007) are also now available in the Google News Archive.

Other Maine newspapers have been digitized, and are available to view behind subscription paywalls.

Ancestry.com's Historical Newspaper Collection has searchable scanned copies of:

  • Bangor Daily Whig and Courier (1832-1900), Bangor Whig Courier (1893-1894)
  • Daily Kennebec Journal (1872-1939), Kennebec Journal (1972-1977)
  • Portland Press Herald (1947-1951), Portland Sunday Telegram (1947-1949), Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald (1947-1950)
  • Lewiston Evening Journal (1972-1972)


NewspaperArchive.com has copies of:

  • Bangor Daily Whig and Courier (1832-1900)
  • Bath Commerical (1879), Bath Enterprise (1903), Bath Independent (1880-1911), Bath Independent and Enterprise (1903-1909), Bath Independent Junior (1883-1885)
  • Biddeford Journal Tribune (1987-2009)
  • Daily Kennebec Journal (1870-1976)
  • Eastport Quoddy Times (2008)


The NewsBank "Early American Newspapers" series offers digitized copies of 21 Maine newspapers from the 19th century, and may be accessed with membership in the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, among other organizations.

Additional Resources:

  • Jean's Genealogy Page offers an index of deaths and marriages published in the Eastern Freeman (1853-54), Ellsworth Herald (1858-65) and Ellsworth American (1866-91)
  • The Snow Index to Brunswick Newspapers is an index to microfilm of the Brunswick weekly newspapers for 1853 through December 1960

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Comment by Susan C Jones Pentico on January 1, 2010 at 1:50am
This will be very helpful to me in the future and I will send others to see this data also. Susi
Comment by Chris Dunham on January 6, 2010 at 4:07am
Thanks, Susi! I just added some info on the Lewiston papers now available in the Google News Archive.
Comment by Kathy Williamson on July 17, 2010 at 2:44am
if your computer is too big to be flipped over, there's still a way to read those annoying sideways-scanned Lewiston Suns and Journals on Google archives. I've made the instructions very detailed for computer newbies:

~If you are looking at the newspaper on a Windows computer, point your mouse to the little minus sign in the top right-hand corner of your screen. Left-click once to shrink your browser window and get you back to your desktop. (The desktop is the screen you see when you have no programs open.)

~Find a clear spot on your desktop away from any icons. Right-click once on the mouse.

~From the drop-down list that appears, left-click once on "graphics options".

~Another drop-down list will appear. Left-click once on "rotation".

~one more drop-down list appears. Left-click once on "270 degrees".

~ Everything on your computer screen will flip sideways. Now, turn your mouse so the end that usually faces forward, is now facing away to the right. Use your middle finger for left-clicking instead of your index finger, and the mouse will work as usual.

~Find your browser page in the task bar (it will be up and down the left side of your screen now, instead of along the bottom). Left-click once to bring it back up. Your newspaper should now be rightside-up.

~When you're finished, go back to the desktop, right-click again and choose "graphics options">>>"rotation">>>"normal".

Comment by Bobbie M Bowler on July 17, 2010 at 3:52pm
Thank you Kathy I was getting a stiff neck from tipping my head sideways. :-)
Comment by Kathy Williamson on July 18, 2010 at 3:30pm
If I can save just one neck, I am happy!

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