Search Commodity & Stock Prices in Newspapers 1719–1999

Search Commodity & Stock Prices in Newspapers 1719–1999

The prices of stocks and commodities have played a pivotal role in shaping the economy in which our ancestors lived throughout history. Find historical prices on stocks, bonds, commodities and more financial instruments in newspapers.

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  1. Historical Stock Prices in Newspapers
  2. Commodity Price Charts in Newspapers
  3. Historical Prices of Goods in Newspapers
  4. Historical Bond Prices in Newspapers

  1. Stock Price Tables
  2. Commodity Price Charts
  3. Prices of Goods Tables
  4. Historical Bond Prices

  1. Newspapers have been publishing stock price tables since the beginning of the stock exchange markets. These stock prices help us track the financial performance of public companies and gauge market sentiment over time.

    You can find historical stock prices for all major U.S. stock exchanges in our newspaper archives including the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ. Research stock price tables in newspapers and discover more about the financial past of our country's publicly-traded companies.

  2. Newspapers have been publishing price charts for commodities such as foods, energies and metals since the 1700s. These price charts in newspapers are useful tools to investigate how commodities have evolved economically through the years.

    Find commodity price charts from major U.S. commodities markets such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) online. These historical commodity charts include agricultural products such as livestock, wheat, cotton, sugar, rice and grain; precious and semi-precious metals like gold, silver and copper; and energy commodities like oil, electricity and gas.

  3. Newspapers publish prices of goods tables in their commercial and financial sections, allowing us to explore the fluctuations of these prices in the U.S. over time. The prices of these goods are important because their cost determined how much of our ancestors' money was spent on food and other basic necessities, which in turn directly affected their quality of life.

    These historical prices can reveal inflation and deflation, giving us insight into the economic effects of events such as wars or financial downturns that correlated with the changing prices of goods. For example, the Southern Bread Riots in April 1863 were caused by the rising prices of food products due to shortages caused by the American Civil War.

  4. Bond price tables are frequently published in the financial and commercial sections of newspapers, often right alongside stock prices because the two investment vehicles are closely related.

    These bond market news articles help us track the history of bond prices and yields over time and discover investor sentiment in the U.S. financial markets. Find historical price data and newspaper articles on bonds of all types in our online archives, including: corporate, government, and savings bonds.

Prices Found in Newspapers:
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  • Commodities

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U.S. Commodity & Stock Market Prices History

The prices of stocks and commodities have set the economic climate of the United States throughout our country's history, directly affecting the quality of life of our American ancestors. The prices of commodities and stocks are key determinants in the consumer cost of goods and services, shaping the economy in which our ancestors lived and did business.

Newspapers have published commodity and stock price charts since the beginning of the exchange

markets, long before Wall Street became synonymous with "financial markets." You can research historical prices on stocks, bonds, foods, energies, metals and other goods dating back to the 1700s in our newspaper archives. Discover news articles about America's financial past and learn more about the prices that set the economic tone of the times in which our ancestors lived.

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Stocks & Commodities Search Tips

Use this search to find articles containing tables and charts with the prices of stocks, bonds, and commodities in the historical newspaper archives. This online collection contains tables and charts as published in U.S. newspapers from 1719–1999.

Broad Stock & Commodity Search

Search for the stock ticker symbol or bond name in the Include Keywords field for the maximum amount of matching stock records. To search for a commodity try the commodity or good name.


"DD" is the NYSE ticker for DuPont



Search Stock History

You can watch a stock over time by running a search for the stock ticker symbol and then organizing the results by date.

After you run your search and are on the results page, there will be a drop-down menu in the upper right corner. Click the drop-down arrow and select "Oldest Items." This will organize the results from the oldest article to the newest, allowing you to more easily track the historical performance of the stock.

Date Search for Prices

You can also search for the price of an item in a particular year by searching for the name of the item in the Last Name field and entering the keyword "sale" in the Include Keywords field and including a year in the Date field.

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