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,along with all Sunday issues. .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
  • Fort Fairfield Journal (2004-2012) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Tattler (1938-1940) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Leader and Farm Journal (1901-1902) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Loyal Sunrise (1863-1866) – Fort Fairfield, Maine
  • Loyal Sunrise (1863-1867) – 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 Letter (1943-1946) – Mars Hill, Maine
  • Presque Isle Sunrise (1876) – Presque Isle, Maine
  • Presque Isle Sunrise (1871-1876) – Presque Isle, Maine
  • Independent (1903-1906) - Presque Isle, Maine
  • Star Herald (1890-1910) - Presque Isle, Maine

  • Cumberland County

  • The Bridgton News (1870-2018) - Bridgton, Maine
  • Bridgton Reporter ( 1858-1863) – Bridgton, Maine
  • Bridgton Sentinel (1863-1864) – Bridgton, Maine
  • Bridgton Weekly News (1870-1871) – Bridgton, Maine
  • Bowdoin Orient( Scattered 1769-2014) - Brunswick, Maine
  • Gray-New Gloucester Independent ( Scattered 2006-2008) - Gray, Maine. Part of Google News
  • The Monument ( Scattered 2006) - Gray, Maine. Part of Google News
  • New Gloucester Independent News ( Scattered 2006-2008) - New Gloucester, Maine. Part of Google News
  • Casco Bay Breeze (1903-1917) - South Harpswell, Maine
  • Casco Bay Weekly (1988-2004) - Portland, Maine
  • Portland Daily Press (1862-1901) Portland, Maine
  • Cumberland County (2009) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Current (2001-2016) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Forecaster (Southern Edition) (2002-2003) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Scarborough Leader (1995-2018) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Scarborough News Review (1978-1979) - Scarborough, Maine
  • South Portland, Cape Elizabeth Sentry, Scarborough Leader (2014) Scarborough, Maine
  • Southern Forecaster (2003-2018) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Sun Times (1989-1993) - Scarborough, Maine
  • Six Towns Times (Scattered 1890, 1900, 1910) - Portland, Maine. Part of Google News

  • Franklin County

  • Maine Woods (1901-1914) - Phillips, Maine
  • Original Irregular (2006-2019) - Kingfield, Maine
  • Phillips Phonograph (1878-1907) - Phillips, Maine
  • Rangeley Lakes (1895-1897) - Rangeley, Maine

  • Hancock County

  • Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald(1881) - Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Bar Harbor Record(1887) - Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Bar Harbor Times (Scattered 1902,1903,1909,1915) - Bar Harbor, Maine
  • Ellsworth American(1855-1902) - Ellsworth, Maine
  • Peninsula Gazette(1954-1960) - Winter Harbor, Maine

  • Kennebec County

  • Gardiner Home Journal (1858-1892) - Gardiner, Maine
  • Gardiner Journal (1918-1930) - Gardiner, Maine
  • Northern Home Journal (1854-1858) - Gardiner, Maine
  • Reporter Journal (1893-1913) - Gardiner, Maine
  • The Kennebecker(1829) - Hallowell, Maine
  • Hallowell Weekly Register(1898-1900) - Hallowell, Maine
  • Eastern Mail (1847-1863) - Waterville, Maine
  • Waterville Mail (1863-1906) - Waterville, Maine

  • Penobscot County

  • Bangor Daily News (Scattered 1900, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000) - Bangor, Maine. Part of Google News
  • Brewer Register (1986) - 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 (1934-2018) - Old Town, Maine
  • The Old Town Enterprise (1888-1934) - Old Town, Maine
  • Sachem (1894-2015) - Old Town, Maine

  • Oxford County

  • Oxford Democrat (1850-1921) Paris, Maine
  • Otisfield News (1945) - Otisfield, Maine

  • Piscataquis County

  • Piscataquis Observer (1847-2016) – Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
  • Piscataquis Farmer (1842-1847) – Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
  • Piscataquis Herald (1838-1842) – Dover-Foxcroft, Maine
  • Democratic Republican (1839-1840) – 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

  • 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 ( Scattered 1968-2019) - Eastport, Maine
  • Lubec Light (Scattered 2006) - Lubec, Maine. Part of Google News

  • 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, Maine
  • Biddeford Observer (1881) – Biddeford, Maine
  • 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 (1831-1867) – 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
  • Weekly Record (1895-1923) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Weekly Standard (1891-1895) – Biddeford, Maine
  • Watson's Illuminator (1880-1903) – 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 (1899-1971) – 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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