Arkansas is one of the states that does not have a single central online state repository for searching historical newspapers. Several states use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main central online site for searching old newspapers but currently Arkansas has no newspapers available on that site. There are several free online newspapers available on other sites and there are collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them.
There are almost 2,000 newspapers that have been published in the Natural State - certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it - find your Arkansas ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives.
Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time - so if there is a dead link - please use your favorite search engine to find their new location.
(Updated January, 2016)
Arkansas History Commission Newspaper Collection (search only)
In Remembrance Electronic Index of Arkansas Deaths, 1819-1920
Obituary Central - Arkansas
Online Arkansas Newspapers - some have archives, some do not
Yell County Obits
Gentry Courier Journal Archives
Small Town Papers
Old Fulton Postcards
Benton Courier Obits (Index only)
Olden Times (Clippings)
Arkansas Online Obituaries 2010-2015
Other Free Sites:
(Recent changes in the Google News Archive has diminished the capability to search newspapers published prior to 1970). A few of these below are in the Google News Archive.
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 14 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry - Arkansas Newspapers
There are currently 85 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank - Arkansas
There are currently 28 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archives - Arkansas
There are currently 13 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com - Arkansas
Links to Follow:
There are several ways to keep up with new collections as they are digitized and made available online. Two of my favorites:
You also need to visit the Arkansas History Commission or University of Arkansas Library Newspaper Search sites, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to newspaper projects. They also have nice searchable databases for microfilm based collections throughout the state.
Please note - even more may be available via a local library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.
Good luck and happy hunting!
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