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.
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.
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.
27 Louisiana titles, 1986-current, including the New Orleans Times-Picayune. LSU faculty, staff, student sign-in or on-site campus access only.
Contains 11 Louisiana newspapers. LSU faculty, staff, student sign-in or on-site campus access only.
Contains digital images of the earliest newspaper titles from each of Louisiana's 64 parishes
Provides a listing of free digitized newspaper collections from cultural institutions around the United States.
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.
- Parish Index [PDF]
- Chronological Index [PDF]
- Civil War Newspapers (1861-65) [PDF]
- French-Language Newspapers [PDF]
- Black Newspapers[PDF]
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.