Our Digital Newspapers

Lancaster City and County Directories, 1843-1922

Thanks to a Library Services and Technology Act grant we have digitized city and county residential and commercial directories in our collection from 1843 to 1914. These directories list residents in the city and the county by name and street address and can help locate people on an annual basis and additionally list businesses and professionals. These directories are a heavily used resource and we are pleased to be able to offer them online.

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        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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        The Lancaster Farmer

        As part of Lyrasis' Mass Digitization Collaborative, we have digitized our complete run of The Lancaster Farmer, spanning the years 1869 to 1884 (volumes 1-16). The Farmer began publication as a monthly journal in 1869 under the auspices of the Lancaster County Agricultural and Horticultural Society. Edited by Simon S. Rathvon and published by Wylie & Griest in the City of Lancaster, the The Lancaster Farmer was "devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture, Mechanics, and general correlative Miscellany" and was meant to be "a gatherer and disseminator of facts, relating to these specialities, rather than the promulgator of more theories...." As such, the editorial and publishing committees invited individuals throughout Lancaster County to submit "such facts as it may be profitable for the public to know." The reader will find useful information on a wide variety of topics, ranging from "Advice to Working Men," to "Edible Fungi," to "The Cellular Tissue of Plants."

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        The Intelligencer Journal

        Digitization of the Civil War years (1848 -1871) of The Intelligencer Journal was completed as part of Penn State University Libraries' Pennsylvania Newspaper Project. We extend our thanks to Penn State Libraries for their assistance in this project. 

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        The Columbia Spy


        The Columbia Spy began publication June 17, 1830, with John L. Boswell as the editor and publisher. Twenty-year-old Boswell came to Columbia from Hartford, Connecticut, where he served an apprenticeship with The Courant. The paper was allegedly named "Spy" to reflect the strong anti-slavery sentiment in the community. Read more about the paper's early days in "John L. Boswell and The Columbia Spy" by Robert L. Goodell from the Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society.

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        Our Blogs

        The History Bucket


        Because the world is a bucketful of questions.  And someone's gotta answer them

        While working with the object collections of we come across many questions.  Visit here to see some of the more unusual stories that we have uncovered.

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        Historically Speaking


        The staff and volunteers of the Archives Department at never know what they'll find when working on the documents and records in the collections.  Fortunately, when they do discover something noteworthy they are very willing to share!

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        Marianne's PhotoBlog


        Because pictures are worth a thousand words, but sometimes they need an interpreter.

        You know that cliché about a picture being worth a thousand words? Ok, well, imagine the stories going on in my head after cataloging several hundred photos every single day!

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        Wheatland: A Love Story

        Who would have guessed that a young lady would fall in love with an old President and his old house?

        One Young Lady, One Old House, Two Hundred Years of History

        I’m Jennifer Walton, Museum Associate at President James Buchanan's Wheatland, and I love an old President and his old house! Over the past nine years, I’ve learned quite a lot about both, and I would love to share it with you!

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