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

Arooostook County

  • Aroostook Republican (1887-1894) - Caribou and Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • 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 (1902-2004) – 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
  • Aroostook Times (1905-1915) - Houlton, Maine
  • Houlton Times (1916-1919) - Houlton, 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

  • The Bridgton News (1870-2013) - Bridgton, Maine
  • Bridgton Reporter ( 1858-1863) – Bridgton, Maine
  • Bridgton Sentinel (1863-????) – Bridgton, Maine
  • Bridgton Weekly News (1870-1871) – Bridgton, Maine
  • Bowdoin Orient - Brunswick, Maine
  • Casco Bay Weekly - Portland, Maine
  • Portland Daily Press Portland, Maine eventually 1862-1901
  • 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
  • Original Irregular - Kingfield, Maine
  • Phillips Phonograph (1878-1907) - 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

  • 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
  • The Kennebecker(1829) - Hallowell, Maine
  • Hallowell Gazette(1861) - Hallowell, Maine
  • Eastern Mail (1847-1863) - Waterville, Maine
  • Waterville Mail (1863-1906) - Waterville, Maine

  • Penobscot County

  • Bangor Daily News (Scattered 1980, 1990, 2000) - Bangor, Maine. Part of Google News
  • Brewer Register, Brewer, Maine
  • Maine Campus (1885-2005; 2008-2011) - Orono, 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

  • Oxford County

  • Oxford Democrat (1868-1922) Paris, Maine
  • Otisfield News 1945 Otisfield, Maine
  • Oxford Democrat (1968-1921) Paris, Maine

  • Piscataquis County

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

  • Somerset County

  • Pittsfield Advertiser (1882-1982) – Pittsfield, Maine
  • Valley Times (1972-1987) – Pittsfield, Maine
  • The Pittsfield Advertiser and Valley Times (1967-1972) – Pittsfield, Maine

  • Waldo County

    Waldo County

  • Republican Journal (1829-1868) – Belfast, Maine
  • Isleboro Island News (1987-2016) – Isleboro, Maine
  • Isleboro Observer (1949-1979) – Isleboro, Maine
  • Isleboro Up Date (1985-1987) – Isleboro, Maine
  • Morning Sun (1980) – Isleboro, Maine

  • Washington County

  • Quoddy Tides - Eastport, Maine

  • York County

  • Biddeford Advance (1879-1880) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Biddeford Daily Journal (1916) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Biddeford Daily Standard (1894) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Biddeford Journal (1882-1884)
  • Biddeford Observer (1881)
  • Biddeford Weekly Journal (1891-1930) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Biddeford Weekly Times (1881-1883) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Daily Breeze (1890) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Daily Evening Star (1877) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Daily Evening Times (1878-1892) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Daily Morning Herald (1861) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Daily Standard (1890-1893) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Daily Times (1873-1877) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Evening Post (1878) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Expose (1894) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Journal Tribune (1985) – Biddeford, Maine
  • La Justice de Biddeford (1931-1932) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Maine Democrat (1835-1867) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Maine Palladium (1823-1829) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Maine Sentinel (1887) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Nightly Comet (1902) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Peoples Defender (1880) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Sentinel (1885) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Tri Weekly Herald (1848) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Union (1845-1853) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Union and Eastern Journal (1857) Biddeford, Maine
  • Union and Eastern Journal (1854-1858) Biddeford, Maine
  • Union and Journal (1860-1870) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Union and Journal (1861-1882) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Watchword (1904-1911) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Watsons Illuminator (1890-1903) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Weekly Record (1895-1923) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Weekly Standard (1891-1895) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Old Orchard Apple (1976) – Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • Old Orchard Mirror – Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • Maine Palladium (1823-1829) – Saco, Maine
  • Northeast Harness News (1980-1995)– Saco, Maine
  • Old Flag (1885) – Saco, Maine
  • Saco Tribune (1899) – Saco, Maine
  • York County Herald (1839) – Saco, Maine
  • Sanford Tribune (1899-1923) – Sanford, Maine
  • Sanford Tribune & Advocate(1923-1950) – Sanford, Maine
  • Sanford Weekly Tribune(1895-1899) – Springvale, Maine
  • Springvale Advocate(1905-1921) – Springvale, Maine
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