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.

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.A link to the Lewiston newspapers was developed by the Lewiston Public Library

Arooostook County

  • North Star (1872-1887) - Caribou and Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • 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
  • Mars Hill Enterprise (1916) – Mars Hill, Maine
  • Mars Hill News (1908-1951) – Mars Hill, Maine
  • Our Community (1943-1946) – Mars Hill, Maine
  • Presque Isle Sunrise (1876) – Presque Isle, Maine
  • Independent (1903-1906) - Presque Isle, Maine
  • Star Herald (1890-1910) - Presque Isle, Maine

  • Cumberland County

  • Bridgton News (1953-2016) – Bridgton, Maine
  • The Bridgton News (1870-2013) - Bridgton, Maine
  • Bridgton Weekly News (1870-1871) – Bridgton, Maine
  • Bowdoin Orient - Brunswick, Maine
  • Casco Bay Weekly - Portland, Maine
  • Cumberland County - Scarborough, Maine
  • Current (2001-2015) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Forecaster (Southern Edition) (2002-2003) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Scarborough Leader (1995-2015) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Scarborough News Review (1978-1979) - Scarborough, Maine
  • South Portland, Cape Elizabeth Sentry, Scarborough Leader (2014) Scarborough, Maine
  • Southern Forecaster (2013-2015) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Sun Times (1989-1993) - Scarborough, Maine

  • Franklin County

  • Maine Woods (1901-1914) - Phillips, Maine
  • Rangeley Lakes (1895-1897) - Rangeley, 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
  • Gardiner Journal (1918-1919) – Gardiner, Maine
  • Northern Home Journal (1854-1858) – 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
  • Brewer Register, Brewer, Maine
  • Old Town Enterprise (1901-1929) - Old Town, Maine
  • Old Town-Orono Times (1979-1992) - Old Town and Orono, Maine
  • Penobscot Times - Old Town, Maine
  • The Old Town Enterprise (1838-1934) - Old Town, Maine

  • Piscataquis County

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

  • Waldo County

  • Republican Journal (1829-1868) – Belfast, Maine
  • Washington County

  • Quoddy Tides - Eastport, Maine

  • York County

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