Proquest Day

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One of the highlights of the annual IAJGS conferences has been having ProQuest databases available in the Resource Room for one long day! This year, we’re getting a bonus day on top of that!

It is best to bring a USB drive with you to make copies of any item that you may find of value. The links to the ProQuest databases will be only on the Resource Room computers; the links cannot be used on your personal computers. No exceptions!

Table of Contents

Wednesday Access

IAJGS is privileged to have the entire collection of historical newspapers, regional newspapers, Canadian newspapers, international newspapers, and American Jewish newspapers at our conferences. The Resource Room will be open on Wednesday, July 31, from 9 am to 9 pm. There will be 26 computers in the room. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Resource Room desk on ProQuest Day (no earlier sign-ups are permitted). If there are people waiting to use a computer, then people will be limited to 30 minutes at the computer. ProQuest historical newspapers are available only in libraries—both public and university. Many public libraries may have access to only one or two of the historical newspapers; we will have ProQuest’s entire collection of historical newspapers.

Thursday Access

As a special treat, ProQuest is also letting us have the entire collection on Thursday, August 1. The Resource Room will be open on Thursday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Sign-up sheets will also be required if there are people waiting to use the computers (that will be true for each day that the Resource Room is open). Again, sign-ups will not be permitted on prior days, and time will be limited to 30 minutes if there are people waiting for the computers.

ProQuest Lectures

We are also privileged to have Bill Forsyth from ProQuest available on Wednesday, July 31, to present an overview on how best to research on the newspapers. He will speak in the Resource Room three times: 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 5:30 pm. As we are limited to 26 computers, that means you will have to sign up to attend. The sign-up sheets will be in the Resource Room the morning of July 31, not before. You may sign-up for only one time slot, and each person has to sign up individually. If after 30 minutes you must relinquish the computer, then you have to sign up again. Double periods will not be allowed unless there is no one else waiting.

USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive

IAJGS is also privileged to be the first conference to offer access to the digitized USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive.

The Visual History Archive (VHA) is still in its early stages, as creating fully searchable transcriptions of the 55,000 video interviews will take many years to complete. The VHA contains over 13 years of continuous video. The Holocaust interviews were taped during 1988—2015. Currently, there are about 1,900 transcriptions available via the abbreviated VHA Online, USC Shoah Foundation’s YouTube Channel, and iWitness. The ones available for the conference are predominately from Germany. The VHA streams the USC Shoah Foundation proprietary platform; it is not on the ProQuest platform. While there are 40 languages represented in VHA, the platform is in English. Testimonies and transcripts are delivered in the language spoken during the interview. All indexing is done in English.

Dababases Available

Table of Databases

General Overview

Databases for ProQuest Day at the 2019 IAJGS Conference include the following:

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers (all—see featured titles list below)
  • American Periodicals Series, 1740–1940
  • Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War
  • Voices from Ellis Island: An Oral History of American Immigration
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
  • Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (all)
  • Digital Sanborn Maps
  • HeritageQuest Online
  • Visual History Archive (USC Shoah Foundation)

Featured ProQuest Historical Newspaper Titles

  • The Arizona Republican (1890–2007)
  • Atlanta Constitution (1868–1984)
  • Austin American Statesman (1871–1978*)
  • The Baltimore Sun (1837–1993*)
  • The Boston Globe (1872–1987*)
  • The Chicago Tribune (1849–2010*, extension years coming in 2019)
  • The Christian Science Monitor (1908–2004*)
  • Cincinnati Enquirer (1841–2009)
  • Dayton Daily News (1898–1922)
  • Detroit Free Press (1831–1999)
  • Hartford Courant (1764–1993*)
  • Indianapolis Star (1903–2004)
  • Los Angeles Times (1881–2010*)
  • The Louisville Courier–Journal (1830–2000)
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune (1867–2001)
  • Nashville Tennessean (1812–2002)
  • The New York Times (1851–2015*) with Index (1851–1993)
  • New York Tribune / Herald Tribune (1841–1962)
  • Newsday (1940–1990*)
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer (1860–2001)
  • Pittsburgh Post–Gazette (1786–2003)
  • San Francisco Chronicle (1865–1922)
  • St. Louis Post–Dispatch (1874–2003)
  • St. Petersburg Times / Tampa Bay Times (1901–2009)
  • The Wall Street Journal (1889–2001*)
  • The Washington Post (1877–2002*)

ProQuest U.S. Regional Collections

Not all titles listed below are live. Each new title will load with the content we have, and remaining new titles will continue loading through 2020. There are gaps in years of coverage for some of these titles.


  • The Advocate (Newark, OH) (1882–2011)
  • Battle Creek Inquirer (Battle Creek, MI) (1918–2011)
  • Chillicothe Gazette (Chillicothe, OH) (1862–2011)
  • Coshocton Tribune (Coshocton, OH) (1909–2011)
  • The Daily Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, WI) (1890–2011)
  • Green Bay Press-Gazette (Green Bay, WI) (1871–2006)
  • Herald Times-Reporter (Manitowoc, WI) (1960–2011)
  • Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, IN) (1869–1999)
  • Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) (1920–2011)
  • The Journal News (Hamilton, OH) (1891–1977)
  • Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (Lancaster, OH) (1915–2011)
  • Lansing State Journal (Lansing, MI) (1911–2009)
  • The Marion Star (Marion, OH) (1878–2011)
  • Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, WI) (1889–2006)
  • News Herald (Port Clinton, OH) (1967–2011)
  • News Journal (Marion, OH) (1909–2011)
  • Oshkosh Northwestern (Oshkosh, WI) (1875–2006)
  • Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN) (1831–1985)
  • The Post-Crescent (Appleton, WI) (TBD)
  • The Reporter (Fond Du Lac, WI) (TBD)
  • Springfield News-Sun (Springfield, OH) (1900–2011)
  • The Star Press (Muncie, IN) (1817–2008)
  • Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, WI) (1895–2011)
  • The Sheboygan Press (Sheboygan, WI) (1911–2005)
  • Times Herald (Port Huron, MI) (1910–2011)
  • Times Recorder (Zanesville, OH) (1885–2011)
  • Wausau Daily Herald (Wausau, WI) (1907–2006)

North Central

  • Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, SD) (1886–2009)
  • The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, IA) (1871–2008)
  • Fort Collins Coloradoan (Fort Collins, CO) (1972–2012)
  • Great Falls Tribune (Great Falls, MT) (1885–2011)
  • Iowa City Press Citizen (Iowa City, IA) (1965–2008)
  • Springfield News-Leader (Springfield, MO) (1987–2011)
  • St. Cloud Times (St. Cloud, MN) (1928–2011)


  • Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, NJ) (1905–2009)
  • The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT) (1848–2007)
  • Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ) (1891–2010)
  • Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ) (1949–2009)
  • The Daily Journal (Vineland, NJ) (1925–2011)
  • Daily Record (Morristown, NJ) (1974–2012)
  • Home News Tribune (East Brunswick, NJ) (1903–2009)
  • The Ithaca Journal (Ithaca, NY) (1914–2011)
  • The Journal News (Rockland: West Nyack, NY) (1889–1990)
  • The Journal News (Yorktown: White Plains, NY) (TBD)
  • The Morning Call (Allentown, PA) (1883–2010)
  • New York Daily News (New York, NY) (1919–2009)
  • The News Journal (Wilmington, DE) (1871–2009)
  • Philadelphia Daily News (Philadelphia, PA) (1960–2001)
  • Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA) (1960–2001)
  • Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie, NY) (1785–2010)
  • Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY) (1904–2009)
  • Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, NY) (1871–2008)
  • Star-Gazette (Elmira, NY) (1891–2011))

South Central

  • Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM) (1882–2004)
  • The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS) (1923–2009)
  • The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, LA) (1914–2011)
  • Daily World (Opelousas, LA) (1939–2012)
  • Hattiesburg American (Hattiesburg, MS) (1940–2013)
  • The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL) (1952–2009)
  • The News-Star (Monroe, LA) (2001–2012)
  • The Times (Shreveport, LA) (1871–2009)
  • The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA) (1883–1999)


  • Asheville Citizen-Times (Asheville, NC) (1873–2009)
  • The Daily News Leader (Staunton, VA) (1912–2011)
  • The Daily News-Journal (Murfreesboro, TN) (TBD)
  • Daily Press (Newport News, VA) (1898–2001)
  • The Daily Times (Salisbury, MD) (1913–2011)
  • Florida Today (Brevard County, FL) (1968–2006)
  • The Jackson Sun (Jackson, TN) (TBD)
  • The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, TN) (TBD)
  • Miami News (Miami, FL) (1904–1988)
  • The News-Press (Fort Meyers, FL) (1911–2010)
  • Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, FL) (1892–2001)
  • Palm Beach Daily News (Palm Beach, FL) (1976–2011)
  • Palm Beach Post (Palm Beach, FL) (1916–2004)
  • Pensacola News Journal (Pensacola, FL) (1956–2011)
  • South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL) (1925–2000)
  • Tallahassee Democrat (Tallahassee, FL) (1913–2008)
  • The Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) (1895–2016)


  • The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA) (TBD)
  • Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, NV) (1876–2008)
  • The Salinas Californian (Salinas, CA) (2001–2012)
  • San Francisco Examiner (San Francisco, CA) (1865–2007)
  • Statesman Journal (Salem, OR) (1869–2008)
  • Tulare Advance-Register (Visalia, CA) (2001–2007)
  • Visalia Times-Delta (Visalia, CA) (2001–2014)

ProQuest Canadian Historical Newspapers

Not all titles listed below are live. Content will load into new titles starting in 2019 and will continue through 2020.

  • Calgary Herald (1883–2010)
  • Edmonton Journal (1903–2000)
  • The Globe and Mail (1844–2014*)
  • Leader-Post (Regina) (1883–2010)
  • Montreal Gazette (1857–2010)
  • National Post (Toronto) (1998–2000)
  • Ottawa Citizen (1845–2010)
  • The Province (Vancouver) (1898–2010)
  • Times-Colonist (1858–2010)
  • Toronto Star (1894–2015*)
  • Vancouver Sun (1912–2010)
  • Windsor Star (1888–2000)

ProQuest International Newspapers

  • Chinese Newspapers Collection (1832–1953)
  • The Guardian (1821-2003) & The Observer (1791–2003)
  • Irish Times (1859–2016*) & Weekly Irish Times (1876–1958)
  • Jerusalem Post (1932–2008)
  • The Korea Times (1956–2016)
  • The Scotsman (1817–1950)
  • South China Morning Post (1903–1998*)
  • The Times of India (1838–2008*)

ProQuest American Jewish Newspapers

  • The American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger (1857–1922)
  • The American Israelite (1854–2000)
  • The Jewish Advocate (1905–1990)
  • Jewish Exponent (1887–1990)

ProQuest Specialty Historical Newspapers

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Communist Historical Newspaper Collection (1919–2013)
  • ProQuest Civil War Era (1840–1865)

*Additional year of content added annually


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