Newfoundland/Labrador is one of the Canadian provinces that does have a single central online repository for searching historical newspapers. Also, there are several free publications available on other sites and there are small collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them.
So go for it - find your Newfoundland and Labrador 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 April, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)
Memorial University of Newfoundland: Newspapers
- Adelphian (St. Bonaventure's College)
- Atlantic Guardian magazine
- Banner of Temperance
- The Daily News 1955-1963
- Decks Awash magazine
- Digitized Articles from the Centre for Newfoundland Studies
- Evening Telegram (1879-1899)
- Evening Telegram (1900-1918)
- Evening Telegram (1919-1926)
- The Fishermen's Advocate
- Le Gaboteur 1984-present
- Lung Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Publications, 1943-1986
- Harbor Grace Standard 1859-1907
- Morning Courier 1845-1854
- The Morning Despatch (1892)
- MUN Gazette
- The Muse
- Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association Publications, 1958-2008
- Newfoundland Patriot (1839)
- Newfoundland Quarterly
- Newfoundland Yearbook and Almanac
- Periodical Accounts of the Moravian Missions
- United Church Archives
- Plaindealer (1907-1922)
- St. John's Daily Star (1915-1921)
- Southern Gazette (1975)
- The Twillingate Sun 1880-1953
- The Western Star (1900-1952)
- The Confederate
- The Independent
- Newfoundland Mercantile Journal
Memorial University of Newfoundland - Newfoundland Newspapers
- The Carbonear Sentinel And Conception Bay Advertiser July 27, 1837-Nov. 29, 1838. (26 issues)
- The Sentinel and Conception Bay Advertiser, Oct. 27, 1836 - 19 Nov 1844. (148 Issues)
- The Sentinel, Mar. 13-Oct. 30, 1845. (12 Issues)
- The Conception-Bay Man 03 Sep 1856 - 16 Feb 1859 (100 issues)
- The Confederate Volumes 1..14 for Apr. 7-July 16, 1948. (14 issues)
- The Daily Tribune Title varies: Daily Tribune Nov. 4, 1892-Dec. 2, 1893; Tribune, Dec. 7-31, 1893. (267 issues)
- The Enterprise 21 Oct 1896 - 03 Nov 1897 (103 issues)
- Fishermen's Advocate Published Coakerville, St. John's and Port Union N.L 1910-1980 (5 issues)
- The Independent Volumes 1..14 for Mar. 22-July 15, 1948 (14 issues)
- The Mercury And General Advertiser 03 Feb 1846 to 15 Oct 1846 (28 issues)
- Morning Advertiser and Shipping Gazette 1844-1845 (109 issues)
- Morning Despatch. Published St. John's N.L. 1892-? (32 issues)
- The Morning Herald 1879-1880 (54 issues)
- The Newfoundland Commercial Journal 1855?-1892? (69 issues)
- Newfoundland Mercantile Journal Earliest issue located:Sept. 11, 1816 (no. 108). - Last issue located: June 7, 1827 (1 issues)
- Newfoundland Patriot Published St. John's N.L. 1833-1890 (1 issues)
- The Newfoundland Times. 06 Sept 1941 to 20 Dec 1941 (8 issues)
- The Newfoundland Vindicator 02 Jan 1841 - 14 May 1842 (69 issues)
- The Newfoundlander. 06 Oct 1934 to 20 Dec 1934 (10 issues)
- Our Country 25 Aug 1883 - 14 May 1885 (152 Issues)
- The Plaindealer Published St. John's N.L. 1907 - June 1922 (29 Issues)
- The Record 18 Jan 1862 - 29 Dec 1863 (94 Issues)
- The Register 11 Sep 1880 - 16 Dec 1880 (70 Issues)
- The Reporter 31 Jan 1856 - 25 Dec 1856 (47 Issues)
- The Sentinel Mar. 13-Oct. 30, 1845 (12 issues)
- The Star And Conception Bay Weekly Reporter 04 Fen 1874 - 06 May 1875 (39 Issues)
- The Star And Newfoundland Advocate 14 Nov 1840 - 14 Jan 1847 (295 Issues)
- The St. John's Free Press And Daily Advertiser, The St. John's Free Press And Semi-Weekly Advertiser 21 Apr 1877 - 22 Jul 1878 (82 Issues)
- The Vindicator And Brigus Reporter Earliest issue located: May 4, 1898 (v. 1, no. 2). Ceased publication: Oct. 28, 1903 (14 Issues)
- The Weekly Express Began publication: Jan. 6, 1858. - Latest issue located: Dec. 27, 1859 (102 Issues)
- The Weekly News Began publication: Mar. 29, 1894. - Ceased publication: June 1906. (36 Issues)
- The Weekly Herald And Conception-Bay General Advertiser Nov. 2, 1842(58) - June 28, 1854. (150 issues)
- The Colonist 1886-1891 (1602 Issues)
- The Newfoundland Colonist 1891-1892 (294 Issues)
- The Evening Advocate
- The Patriot And Terra-Nova Herald
- The St. John's Daily News
Google News Archive
- Harbour Grace - The Standard
- St. Johns - Newfoundlander
- St. Johns - The Evening Telegram
- St. Johns - The Newfoundland Express
- St. Johns - The Newfoundlander
- St. Johns - The Public Ledger
- St. Johns - The Public Ledger and Newfoundland General Advertiser
- St. Johns - The Royal Gazette and Newfoundland Advertiser
- St. Johns - The Telegram
- Evening Advocate - St. Johns
- Mail and Advocate - St. Johns
- Newfoundland Monthly Messenger - St. Johns
- The Carbonear herald and outport telephone - Carbonear
- The Carbonear herald and railroad journal - Carbonear
- The Collegian - St. Johns
- The Conception-Bay man - Harbour Grace
- The Daily Mail - St. Johns
- The Evening Telegram - St. Johns
- The Mail and Advocate - St. Johns
- The Morning Advocate - St. Johns
- The Newfoundland Magazine - St. Johns
- The Star and Conception Bay semi-weekly advertiser - Harbour Grace
- The Star And Conception Bay Weekly Reporter - Harbour Grace
- The Star and Newfoundland Advocate - St. Johns
Digitized Periodicals from the Centre for Newfoundland Studies
- The Cadet. Published 1914-1924
- Christmas Annual.
- Christmas Bells. Published 1892-19?
- Christmastide. Published 1907-?
- Colonial Commerce. Published 1915-1919
- Commercial Annual. Published 1916-1921?
- Curtis Academy Magazine. Published 1944-1956
- The Distaff. Published 1916-1917
- Easter Lily. Published 1917-?
- Forward. June 1946
- Imperial Oil Review. Vol. 25 No. 1 Spring 1941
- Military Gazette. Vol. 60 No. 9 September 1945
- Newfoundland News. Published 1939?-1945?
- Newfoundland Magazine (1917). Published 1917-192?
- New-land Magazine. Published 1962-1990/91
- Parsons' Xmas Annual. Published 1899-1907?
- The Record. Published 1898-?
- Shortis Papers.
- Spencerian. Published 1921-1959
- Sports and Pastimes in Newfoundland. Published 1911?-1916?
- TickleAce. Published 1977-2003.
Newfoundland Newspaper transcriptions
- Notre Dame Bay
- Conception Bay North
- Conception Bay South
- St. John's
- Free Press
- Daily News
- Newfoundland Express
- Newfoundland Quarterly
- West Coast Newspapers
Transcriptions - Newfoundland Grand Banks
Memorial University - St. Johns
For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page.
Other Free Sites:
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There is currently 1 publication available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry - Newfoundland and Labrador Newspapers
Paper of Record:
There are currently 2 publications available at this site. See the titles at Paper of Record - Newfoundland and Labrador
There are currently 4 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive - Newfoundland and Labrador
You might want to check out the Memorial University's Digital Archives Initiative site from time to time to see what is available online or otherwise.
Please note - even more may be available via a local or provincial 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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