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Historical Newspaper Collection

Plainfield Public Library holds a broad collection of newspapers in print and microfilm. This Local History finding aid is organized by title and date. The guide details coverage within our collection including the start and end dates of publications held and the frequency of each. There are gaps in our collection that are noted in the table at the bottom of the page. The Local History department welcomes the donation of even single issues of newspapers that would add to the breadth of its collection. The Library provides online access to searchable full text newspaper databases. Our collection of early local newspapers, dating from 1837 to 1918, are searchable online. Contact a Local History librarian if you have further questions.

Collection Arranged by Title

Periodical Name

Start
End
Frequency
Notes

Central New Jersey Times
This newspaper has been digitized.

9/24/1868
12/30/1880
weekly
 
6/21/1888
paper only

City News

6/20/1990
2/3/1993
weekly
missing issues

The Constitutionalist
This newspaper has been digitized.

1/2/1868
10/3/1872
weekly
 
4/16/1874
paper only
1/6/1876
5/31/1900
weekly
 
12/5/1901
12/28/1911
weekly
 

Courier News

1/24/1961
continuing
daily
 

Plainfield Courier

10/5/1891
11/3/1894
daily
 

Plainfield Courier-News
A portion of this newspaper has been digitized: 1894 issues and 1917 issues

11/5/1894
10/7/1916
daily
 
11/15/1916
1/23/1961
daily
 

Plainfield Courier-News & Daily Press

10/9/1916
11/14/1916
daily
 

Daily Press
This newspaper has been digitized.

5/10/1887
12/30/1911
daily
 

Plainfield Daily Press
This newspaper has been digitized.

1/2/1912
10/7/1916
daily
 

Evening News
This newspaper has been digitized.

6/2/1884
2/28/1885
daily
 

Plainfield Evening News
This newspaper has been digitized.

3/2/1885
6/30/1894
daily
 

Locale

Nov-1949
Dec-1949
monthly
paper only

North Plainfield Times

7/9/1975
9/13/1978
weekly
missing issues

North Plainfield Weekly Review

1/10/1903

12/26/1903

weekly

 

Plainfield Chamber of Commerce Magazine

Mar-1922
Oct-1924
semi-monthly
view index

Plainfield Gazette

12/21/1848
9/11/1851
weekly
 
12/23/1858
paper only

Plainfield Record
This newspaper has been digitized.

10/27/1916
6/27/1918
weekly
incl. on Courier film

The Plainfield Times

12/14/1972
9/6/1978
weekly
missing issues

Plainfield Today

9/22/1983
5/28/1987
weekly
missing issues

Plainfield Today City News

6/28/1989
11/29/1989
weekly
missing issues

Plainfield Union, various names
This newspaper has been digitized.

 

1/12/1837
1/11/1841
weekly
 
4/18/1842
paper only
1/16/1843
12/29/1845
 
1/12/1847
12/24/1847
 
1/7/1851
12/28/1852
 
The Suburbanite
This newspaper has been digitized.
April 1903 June 1912 monthly

missing issues
view partial index

The Times

8/14/1974
3/3/1976
weekly
missing issues

The Voice

6/22/1968
3/20/1974
bi-weekly/weekly
missing issues

Collection Arranged by Date

Start
End
Periodical Name
Frequency
Notes
1837
12-Jan
1841
11-Jan
weekly
1842
18-Apr
paper copy
1843
16-Jan
1845
29-Dec
weekly
missing issues
1847
12-Jan
1847
24-Dec
weekly
1848
21-Dec
1851
11-Sep
Plainfield Gazette
weekly
1851
7-Jan
1852
28-Dec
weekly
missing issues
1868
2-Jan
1872
3-Oct
weekly
1868
24-Sep
1880
30-Dec
weekly
1874
16-Apr
weekly
paper copy
1876
6-Jan
1900
31-May
weekly
1884
2-Jun
1885
28-Feb
daily
1885
2-Mar
1894
30-Jun
daily
1887
10-May
1911
30-Dec
daily
1891
5-Oct
1894
3-Nov
daily
1894
5-Nov
1916
7-Oct
Plainfield Courier-News
daily
1901
5-Dec
1911
28-Dec
weekly
1912
2-Jan
1916
7-Oct
daily
1916
9-Oct
1916
14-Nov
daily
1916
27-Oct
1918
27-Jun
Plainfield Record
weekly
filmed on Courier reels
1916
15-Nov
1961
23-Jan
Plainfield Courier-News
daily
1922
Mar
1924
Oct
Plainfield Chamber of Commerce Mag.
varied
1938
Oct
1979
May
The Monday Afternoon Club Mag.
varied
paper copies,  missing issues
1949
Nov
1949
Dec
Locale
monthly
1961
24-Jan
ongoing
Courier News
daily
1968
22-Jun
1974
20-Mar
The Voice
bi-weekly, weekly
missing issues
1972
14-Dec
1978
6-Sep
The Plainfield Times
weekly
missing issues
1974
14-Aug
1976
3-Mar
The Times
weekly
missing issues
1975
9-Jul
1978
13-Sep
North Plainfield Times
weekly
missing issues
1983
22-Sep
1987
28-May
Plainfield Today
weekly
missing issues
1989
28-Jun
1989
29-Nov
Plainfield Today City News
weekly
missing issues
1990
20-Jun
1993
3-Feb
City News
weekly
missing issues

Coverage Not Available for the following dates

Start
   
End
 
1841 12-Jan   1842 17-Apr
1841 19-Apr   1843 15-Jan
1845 30-Dec   1847 3-Jan
1852 29-Dec   1858 22-Dec
1858 24-Dec   1868 1-Jan
The above represents gaps in the newspaper holdings of Plainfield Public Library. Newspaper coverage for these time periods is not present in original library holdings or available commercially.  Plainfield Public Library would welcome the donation of even single issues of newspapers which would add to the breadth of its collection.

updated 2/20/2007

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