Content Update

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in cooperation with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, now has issues of that paper! You can find the years 1877–1921 on our site, and if you take into account the earlier papers that evolved into The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (like The Pittsburg Post, The Pittsburgh Gazette, and others—also on, you’ll find issues dating back as far as 1786. That’s 135 years of Pittsburgh history!

Pittsburgh has a long history of industry, especially steel, glass, petroleum, foods, and coke (a coal product), and men like Andrew Carnegie, Andrew W. Mellon, Charles M. Schwab, and Henry J. Heinz got rich there. However, being a center of industry also meant that Pittsburg was a hotbed of labor unrest, and you can find articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, the Homestead Strike of 1892, the Pressed Steel Car Strike of 1909, and others.

You can, of course, also find items and anecdotes of local interest such as an article from 1900 about a zebra and lemur being born at the local zoo on the same day, or a short piece about the daughter of a Pittsburgh woman fleeing to Japan from China to escape the Boxer Rebellion. Or you can read about a stranger who returned a missing wallet with $1,600 still in it, or about a Halloween prank with unintended negative consequences.

Pittsburgh Pirates win the 1909 World Series against the Detroit Tigers
You can also read all about Pittsburgh sports teams, including an article from 1909 about the first time the Pirates won the World Series and an article from 1885 about a baseball game the author called “one of the best games of ball ever played in this city.”

If you have Pittsburgh-area ancestors, there are all sorts of places to find them in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You might find them in the society columns, obituaries, death notices, school honor rolls, or lists of pensions granted. Or you might find them in marriage notices, lists of marriage licenses issued, lists of property transfers and mortgages, summaries of the court record, or gossip columns—just to name a few.

So if you have Pittsburgh-area ancestors, or are just interested in Pittsburgh history, take a look at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette!

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25 thoughts on “The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  1. I would love to see the Hamilton Herald, Hamilton TX newspaper or the Lynn County Bews, Tahoka Tx on here.

  2. I would love to see the Sandusky Register (Sandusky, Ohio) and the Freeport, Illinois newspaper (lots of early pioneers out there.)

  3. I am waiting for Dayton Ohio papers from 1870’s thru 1950’s. Talk about a city that was involved in inventors, flooding, manufacturing, industrialization, entrepreneurs, history, publishing, and Wright-Patterson AFB. Any idea when this will happen?

  4. The Post Gazette advertised they were now on line and although I\ already belonged to the I paid $50 to subscribe. Then a week later says they have THE ENTIRE GAZETTE on line. I WANT MY MONEY BACK.

  5. It would be great to get the Observer Reported in Washinton, Pennsylvania just south of Pittsburgh!!!

  6. I am a recent member and surprised the following newspapers are not included. It is my sincere hope you can add this newspaers soon and expand newspapers in New Orleans, LA – Detroit, Michigan – Memphis, TN

    The Chicago Defender
    The Los Angeles Sentinel
    The Natchez Democrate

    Thank You

  7. I have heard many people say they wish the Holyoke Transcript from Holyoke, Ma. was being done.
    There are a lot of Irish and French that built that city. Many came down from Canada

  8. I would very much like to see the ‘Daily Oklahoman’ added to your list of papers. Oklahoma has very little searchable online data available.

  9. Madison County, New York Newspapers (as Madison County Leader and Observor) and Prospect Monitor (Marion County, Ohio) would make my day. Thanks.

  10. Thanks for all the great suggestions. We’ll pass them along to your content team.

  11. I am still waiting for the Albany Times Union in Albany New York to be part of this website. My Grandfather was Managing Editor for many years and I would love to read some of his editorials.

  12. I would like to see the Altamont Journal (1870 – 1980 Kansas) My great grandfather was the town’s founder and first post master.

  13. I’m interested in the Schenectady Union-Star {which became part of the Albany Times-Union via the Knickerbocker News and also the Schenectady Gazette,

  14. I would definetly subscribe to your site if you would publish a list of the newspapers that you have. I need the Calgary herald or the Edmonton journal

      1. Batman, We’re glad to have you on the site. Thanks for all you do to keep us safe.

    1. You are in luck. We have a full list of papers we have on the site, including the number of pages and the year range we have for each title. It’s updated in nearly real time, so even though we add millions of new pages each month you can always stay up to date.

      You’ll find the list here, and you can narrow it by a state, a date range or search for a specific paper by title.

      Hope that helps.

      1. Brilliant news about access to much earlier US newspapers.
        I am particularly wanting news of African American cultural events, etc. as I am a historian of the early blues with its ultimate roots back in 1619 when the first black indentured servants(later enslaved of course)) hit the America shoreline. I have a book published (2006) and am at present doing another -on the life and songs of Clara Smith who recorded between 1923 and 1932. Known as ‘Queen of the Moaners’ she also had a hectic life via traveling shows and black theatres. Papers I would dearly love to see made more available are the essential Chicago Defender, New York Age, Pittsburgh Courier, and The Baltimore Afro/African American. Dates I am really interested in commence from early 1900s up to 1935. I am visiting South Carolina this September where Clara came from (she died in 1935 in Detroit, Michigan.
        Look so much to an early reply or ‘happening’.
        ‘Mississippi’ Max Haymes

  15. I wish you would include The Journal News Hamilton Oh with more current dates such as the 50’s thru 90’s. I don’t know anyone from the the turn of the century!! I don’t think I will renew because there is nothing I am interested in from 1915 etc

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