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Our Collections



  • African American Newspapers
  • American County Histories
  • The Civil War Collection
  • Frank Leslie’s Weekly
  • Godey’s Lady’s Book
  • The Liberator
  • The Lily
  • National Anti-Slavery Standard
  • National Citizen and Ballot Box
  • The Pennsylvania Gazette
  • The Revolution
  • Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman
  • South Carolina Newspapers
  • The Virginia Gazette

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Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives provides access to large collections of newspapers and books from the 18th and 19th Centuries reflecting broad views across American history and culture.

Many of these publications were previously only available in hard-to-access formats such as microfilm, but now they are brought together in a user-friendly online environment that allows you to search and read the full text and also view page images of the original documents.

Publications range from the early 1700s (such as The Pennsylvania Gazette and The Virginia Gazette) all through the 1800s, with titles originating from varied geographic locations: The Colonies, North, South, and Midwest. The collection is always growing!

Your subscription provides access to all of the Accessible Archives collections. Search for your topic across everything at once, or just search within the specific publications or dates that interest you. You can also browse issues of a particular title.

Obtaining a subscription is fast and easy—simply visit the personal subscription sign-up page. The cost is $99.95 annually, payable with any credit or debit card, or via PayPal.  We also offer a quarterly subscription option.

Canceling your SubscriptionYou can cancel your subscription anytime through your PayPal account. If you have not set up a PayPal account, cancel by emailing to request cancellation before your renewal date.

Accessible Archives gives you a window into early American history—from the people who lived it!

Ideal for:

  • History buffs
  • Genealogists
  • Civil War re-enactors
  • Historical writers
  • Costume artists
  • Anyone interested in U.S. history!

You’ll find:

  • Eyewitness accounts of historical events
  • Vivid descriptions of daily life
  • Civil War newspapers, including northern & southern perspectives
  • A first-hand view of the African-American experience
  • Genealogical records
  • Images including photos, political cartoons, gorgeous full-color illustrations, and more
  • Women’s history
  • Regimental histories and stories about Civil War leaders and soldiers
  • Editorial observations
  • Commerce as seen through advertisements
  • County histories of New England & the Mid-Atlantic
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