Digitizing and Sharing Maine’s Historic Newspapers


The Maine Newspaper Project is a collaborative effort led by the Maine State Library to facilitate digitization of Maine’s historical newspapers. Starting in the fall of 2016 the project will involve imaging of original newsprint, microfilm scanning, and creation of a searchable database of Maine newspaper holdings.

The Digital Maine repository will provide storage for digitized projects and include links to newspapers digitized elsewhere.

Links to digital versions of Maine’s historical newspapers

This list is not comprehensive and will be updated. It contains only those papers which are freely available without a subscription service. If you know of other historic newspapers already available online, please use this form to let us know.

Androscoggin County

The Lewiston newspapers on this list are part of Google News. In many cases the runs are incomplete: missing part or all of years within the time span.

  • Lewiston Daily Evening Journal (1861-1866) – Lewiston, Maine
  • Lewiston Daily Sun (1890-1980) – Lewiston, Maine
  • Lewiston Evening Journal (1866-1980) – Lewiston, Maine
  • Lewiston Journal (1979-1989) – Lewiston, Maine
  • Lewiston Saturday Journal (1878-1921) – Lewiston, Maine
  • Lewiston Wednesday Journal (1877-1890) – Lewiston, Maine
  • Sun Journal (2005-2006) – Lewiston, Maine

  • Arooostook County

  • Aroostook Valley Sunrise (1876-1877) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • The Beacon (1892-1895) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Fort Fairfield Aurora (1875-1876) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Fort Fairfield Review (1902-1991) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Leader and Farm Journal (1901-1902) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Loyal Sunrise (1863-1866) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Northern Leader (1892-1901) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Presque Isle Sunrise (1876) – Presque Isle , Maine
  • Independent (1903-1906) - Presque Isle, Maine
  • North Star (1872-1887) - Caribou and Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Star Herald (1890-1910) - Presque Isle, Maine

  • Cumberland County

  • Casco Bay Weekly - Portland, Maine
  • Bowdoin Orient - Brunswick, Maine
  • The Bridgton News (1870-2013) - Bridgton, Maine
  • Cumberland County - Scarborough, Maine
  • Scarborough Leader (1995-2015) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Southern Forecaster (2013-2015) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Current (2001-2015) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Sun Times (1989-1993) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Forecaster (Southern Edition) (2002-2003) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Scarborough News Review (1978-1979) - Scarborough, Maine

  • Hancock County

  • Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald - Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Bar Harbor Record - Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Bar Harbor Times - Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Peninsula Gazette(1954-1960) - Winter Harbor, Maine

  • Kennebec County

  • Gardiner Home Journal (1858-1892) - Gardiner, Maine
  • Reporter Journal (1892--1904) - Gardiner, Maine
  • Eastern Mail (1847-1863) - Waterville, Maine
  • Waterville Mail (1847-1863) - Waterville, Maine
  • Penobscot County

  • Bangor Daily News (Scattered 1980, 1990, 2000) - Bangor, Maine. Part of Google News
  • Old Town Enterprise - Old Town, Maine
  • Orono News - Orono, Maine
  • Old Town-Orono Times - Old Town and Orono, Maine
  • Penobscot Times - Old Town, Maine

  • Piscataquis County

  • Piscataquis Observer (1976-2009) – Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

  • Washington County

  • Quoddy Tides - Eastport, Maine

  • York County

  • Sanford Weekly Tribune(1895-1899) – Springvale, Maine
  • Springvale Advocate(1905-1921) – Springvale, Maine
  • Sanford Tribune (1899-1923) – Sanford, Maine
  • Sanford Tribune & Advocate(1923-1941) – Sanford, Maine
  • Old Orchard Apple (1976) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • Old Orchard Mirror - Old Orchard Beach, Maine
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