California Newspapers

Our extensive collection of California newspapers is one of the California History Section's treasures. Dating back to 1846, it consists of more than 2,200 titles and includes long runs of at least one title from each of the 58 counties. The majority of our newspapers are on microfilm. However, we also have a number of specimen newspapers, and provide online access to several newspaper databases. If you have questions about any of our newspaper resources please feel free to ask us a question.

County Newspapers on Microfilm


Are you searching for a California obituary? We would be happy to help you! If you live in the United States or Canada but cannot visit us, all you have to do is place an inter-library loan request through your local library for an appropriate regional paper on microfilm from our collection. When the film arrives at your library you can look for the obituary. To determine which paper might be appropriate for your research, we suggest that you use the links in County Newspapers on Microfilm to see what was published in the area you are researching. If you are unsure of what date the obituary was published on, we recommend that you request the death date plus about 10 days. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this process.


To accommodate researchers who choose to visit us, we provide access to digital microfilm scanners that allow you to email or save scans to a flash-drive free of charge. We also permit no-flash photography of our specimen or bound newspapers.

Remote Access

If you live in the United States or Canada but cannot visit us, you can still use our newspaper collection remotely. All you have to do is request our newspapers on microfilm through inter-library loan at your local library. If you have any questions about this process please feel free to contact us.