New Digital Resources: Historic San Francisco Chronicle online!

Historic San Francisco Chronicle online!

Coverage: 1865-1922

  Bret Harte  Founded by two teenage brothers in 1865 when the West was still wild, the San Francisco Chronicle lets you travel back in time to experience the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the Klondike gold rush, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and many other events. You will read how San Francisco grew from a muddy frontier town to a bustling metropolis. This newspaper also provides a distinctively Northwestern perspective, with a unique view of Chinese immigration, westward expansion, and urban planning. 

You might also stumble upon articles by Mark Twain, Bret Harte, Jack London, and Rex Beach. They were among the writers who contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle during the early years of publication - sometimes without benefit of a byline.

It is easy to find relevant information quickly with browse, basic and advanced search options. Searches also can be narrowed by over 20 specific article types (e.g. editorial article, front page, comic) and dates to focus on the most relevant information. Click on More Search Options under the date limit for greater specificity. The Chronicle can be searched by itself or in tandem with the other historical newspaper collections

Digitized cover to cover, this rich resource will be welcome by historians, researchers, students, and history buffs alike.

Vicki Bloom, Head of Reference Services, Rivera Library



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