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The California Digital Newspaper Collection contains over 1,500,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers published from 1846-present, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also contains issues of several current California newspapers that are part of a project to preserve and provide access to contemporary papers.

A calendar showing available issues can be found by selecting the Search Newspapers button on the left and then selecting Titles from the menu bar.


All newspapers published before January 1, 1923 are in the public domain and therefore have no restrictions on use. If publishing, quoting from, or otherwise reproducing the images from this collection, we request that you credit the CDNC as follows: California Digital Newspaper Collection, Center for Bibliographic Studies and Research, University of California, Riverside, <http://cdnc.ucr.edu>.

All newspapers published on or after January 1, 1923 may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Please email comments or questions to cdnc@cbsr.ucr.edu.

Project Partners

Since 2005 primary support for the CDNC has come from the California State Library through its LSTA program and from the National Endowment for the Humanties through its NDNP program. In addition, the CDNC has partnered with numerous local libraries and historical societies throughout the state. Those partners include:

  • The Vestkusten: Digitized by the National Library of Sweden in collaboration with the National Archives of Sweden and funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation for the Swedish American Newspaper Project and by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

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