Since its launch in 2014, New York State Historic Newspapers has provided free access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York’s unique history. This now includes 920 titles from all 62 counties comprising over 11.7 million pages of historical content.  In these years, the content has been hosted on servers located in our offices in Potsdam, New York. We weathered ice storms, blizzards, power outages, internet blackouts, hacker attacks and hardware failures to provide access for visitors from across the country and world.

A large part of our success over the years has been you: our visitors. We have close to a million visitors to the site every year with millions of pageviews each month. We get email from visitors every week with suggestions for new titles, site improvements, and stories about the wonderful projects made possible by the web site. Your passion and inspiration continues to drive us as we look to the future of the project.

In support of that future, we have contracted with Veridian ( Veridian provides a robust online interface for searching, viewing and enjoying newspaper content. They will bolster our project by providing hosting and expertise in scaling our online presence so that more visitors will have fast and stable access to our collection. In addition, Veridian has new features to make research easier that we know you will enjoy.

We have a newsletter for NYS Historic Newspapers that will disseminate updates as we go through this process. Sign up by entering your contact info and clicking the box next to NYS Historic Newspaper Newsletter In the coming months, you’ll hear more from us about the estimated timelines, new features, and appealing changes.

We’re excited about this new phase of this project! We believe that Veridian will allow us to focus our energy on finding new content while continuing to provide a great, stable, fast and free search interface. Thanks for your continued passion and inspiration!

If you have questions or concerns please let us know (!