Newspapers as a research tool

An introduction to using newspapers for research

Utah Newspapers on the Web

Utah & Intermountain Papers

Is there a database with other Utah newspapers besides just the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News?

Unfortunately, no.  You will have to search websites and microfilm for each individual newspaper.

What other Utah & Intermountain newspapers does the Library have?

Marriott Library Special Collections has subscriptions to print editions of many Utah newspapers.

The Marriott Library has an extensive collection of historic Utah and Intermountain newspapers on microfilm that were filmed as part of the Utah Newspaper Project*. These are listed in the catalog by title and in the subject "American newspapers". They are on microfilm and may be requested from ARC onsite storage.

Utah Digital Newspapers is a current project to create full-text searchable images of historic newspapers. The project has received funding from the United States Newspaper Project and other sources.

How do I find out what paper is or was published in a certain city, town or county?

The Utah Press Association has a map of Utah newspapers by county

The Marriott Library catalog lists newspapers by place, and also under the category "American newspapers"


  • American newspapers -- Utah -- Salt Lake City
  • Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Newspapers

On the Utah Digital Newspaper Project website you can browse by county.

The newspapers I want are not indexed. How do I use them for research?


The research strategy for un-indexed papers is to request the microfilm reels for a range of dates and simply read through the newspaper looking for relevant reporting.

Genealogists are particularly adept at newspaper research, and have a lot of good research tips to offer.

  • The Source : a guidebook of American genealogy (1984). ed by Arlene Eakle and Johni Cerny. Salt Lake City, Utah : Ancestry Pub. Co., 1984. Call#: CS49 .S65 1984 Special Collections, WA, Level 4

Newspaper Projects at the Marriott Library

Utah Newspaper Project: Final Report .(1986) Holley, Robert P. University of Utah Marriott Library. ERIC Report ED279349
As part of the United States Newspaper Program, the Marriott Library at the University of Utah undertook the Utah Newspaper Project, a major microfilming project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Utah Digital Newspapers Project. (2003) Arlitsch K, Yapp L, Edge K.. D-Lib Magazine. 9(3). The Digital Newspapers Program at the University of Utah. (2004) Herbert, J. & Arlitsch, K. Serials Librarian. 47(1-2) Pages 99-115

 "Microfilm, paper, and OCR: Issues in newspaper digitization. the Utah digital newspapers program." Arlitsch, Kenning, and John Herbert. Microform & Imaging Review 33, no. 2 (2004): 59-67.

Creating Citizen HIstorians. (2008) Herbert, J. & Estlund, K.  Western Historical Quarterly. 39 Pages 333-341.


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