The Lancaster Examiner & Herald

The Lancaster Examiner & Herald began publication as The Lancaser Examiner in 1830 and merged with the Anti-Masonic Herald in 1834. It was published weekly in Lancaster, Pa., during the middle years of the nineteenth century and continued publication as The Lancaster Examiner at least as late as December 1891. By digitizing the years 1834 - 1872, we provide our patrons with a view of politics and events of this tumultuous period that balances the perspective of The Intelligencer-Journal.

Making this resource available further advances our goal of using the latest in technology to provide easier access to a widening array of historical resources in our collections. A nearly complete run of this newspaper (1830-1891) is also available on microfilm in our reading room.

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Instructions for searching the Examiner & Herald

The digitized newspaper is part of the Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository. The newspaper has been divided into two collections:


LancasterCountyLancasterExaminer & Herald, 1834-1854

LancasterCountyLancasterExaminer & Herald, 1855-1872 will link to the advanced search screen.

At the lower left of the screen, select the collection(s) you wish to search and then click on add. Your selected collection(s) will appear in the box at the lower right.

Type your search term(s) in the appropriate box at the top of the screen.

Click on the search button and a results page will open.

Click on the item you would like to see. The newspaper page will open with the search term highlighted. The page number for the page you are viewing will be in red on the left side of the screen.

Click on the highlighted search term to zoom in on the page.

The tool bar at the center of the screen will allow you to zoom in or out, view the whole page, move around the page, view a thumbnail which shows the section of the page you have zoomed in on, and select text to print.

To view the volume, issue, and date: click on go at the far left next to View: “document description.”

To print, click on the stylus on the tool bar. Draw a box around the text you would like to print by placing the + at the upper left corner of the text, left click and hold while you drag the + down to the right corner of the text. When you have a red box around the selection, let go of the mouse. A new window will open showing only the selected text. Click on the print icon.

To return to the results page, click back to results just above the tool bar.

You may begin a new search by clicking on search again at the center of the screen or advanced search at the top of the screen.




The digitization of the Examiner & Herald was funded through federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Office of Commonwealth Libraries.


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