Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Newspaper Archives (1719 - 1983)
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Philadelphia has played a pivotal role in American history and shaping modern-day America. Initially, an inviting port town for European immigrants and American settlers, Philadelphia evolved into one of the most influential cities during the earlier years of the United States.
Our extensive database includes the major newspapers in Philadelphia, from early colonial titles to current day publications. For each publication, you’ll find newspaper articles, announcements, obituaries, and much more. Each genealogy record helps you uncover new details and information about the lives of your ancestors. Find Philadelphia newspaper archives dating back to colonial America through the 1980s - all full of fascinating stories just waiting to be discovered.
History of Philadelphia
During the beginning of the 1700’s, Philadelphia received a huge growth of immigrants traveling from Wales, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands. This was no surprise to historians considering Philadelphia was a major port and trading route with West Africa and the British Isles.
By the 1760’s, the relationship between the United States and Great Britain had begun to crumble. After several events such as the Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party, frustrations increased to an all-time high, which sparked a revolution.
With tensions rising, colonists needed a congress to solve these intruding issues. By 1774, the first Continental Congress joined together in Philadelphia. Two years later, the American Congress met in Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence. For the next decade, Philadelphia would be the chosen meeting point for major American political events. All of these events, the people, and the impact on Philadelphia's residents were captured in daily newspapers.
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