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About the Historical Directory of Newfoundland and Labrador Newspapers

Introduction | Registration of Newspapers | How to use this Directory | Arrangement of Directory | Symbols Used in holdings | Institution Codes | Major Repositories |

Introduction

It is hoped that the 240 newspapers listed include all of those published or possibly published in Newfoundland and Labrador from the beginning of printing to 1996. Also included are a few newspapers published on the Mainland for the Newfoundland audience. This listing details the major newspaper holdings of libraries and archives in the province and, in a few cases, unique titles or back files located elsewhere.

Most of the information about the newspapers comes from the newspapers themselves. Special editions marking the paper's important anniversaries often provide valuable information about its history as do obituaries published on the death of the editor or publisher. References in archival sources, directories and newspapers of the time have led to the discovery of over sixty papers which apparently have no remaining issues in existence. These are included in this listing for historical purposes. The user will note many gaps in information about certain titles. This is partly caused by the fact that the back files of these are incomplete. Another reason is that, until recently, many papers did not reveal the identity of their editor or proprietor on the masthead.


Registration of Newspapers in Newfoundland

Newfoundland law required that anyone intending to publish a newspaper deliver an affidavit to the Minister of Provincial Affairs with a description of the building where the paper is to be published and the title of the paper. These affidavits, which are housed in the Provincial Reference and Resource Library, were consulted when this listing was compiled and it was found that no issues are available for many papers which were registered. These newspapers have been included in this listing with the date of registration and other information from the affidavit.


How to use this Directory

This listing can answer many sorts of questions about the newspapers of Newfoundland and Labrador. For example:

Where can I get a copy of the Daily News for 1948?
Consult Newspapers D-F.

What papers would give me information about the French fishing rights issue in 1857?
Consult the Chronological Listing under the decade beginning in 1850 for a listing of papers published at the time.

Was A. B. Morine involved with any newspapers?
Consult the Index to Editors and Publishers.

What Harbour Grace newspapers are available?
Consult the Index to Newspapers Published Outside of St. John's.

What was the first daily newspaper in Newfoundland?
Consult the list of daily newspapers.

Are there any newspapers published for native peoples in the province?
Consult the Subject and Audience Index.

What Conservative newspapers were there?
These are listed in the Political Index.

What Roman Catholic newspapers were published?
These are listed in the Denominational Index.


Arrangement of Directory

Newspapers are entered in the Historical Directory under title. If a newspaper changed name during its existence, it is listed under the latest title in most cases. Cross references are provided from all other titles. Each entry includes the following information where appropriate:

  • Title.
  • Place or places of publication.
  • Dates of publication, if known, or dates of earliest and latest known issues, or date officially registered.
  • Title variations, if any.
  • Other editions published.
  • Frequency of publication.
  • Publisher, proprietor, printer, and editor.
  • Description of the content and editorial policy.
  • Issues held by libraries and archives in the province. (It should be assumed the holdings are in original, paper format unless otherwise indicated).

Symbols used in Holdings

- hyphen indicates an unbroken range of holdings

, comma shows a gap in a range of holdings

[ ] brackets indicate that the years enclosed are not complete

* asterisk used after holdings in which individual years have not been checked for completeness

JNM a shelving number used by the Provincial Resource Library


Institution Codes

  • GRCOL -- Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
  • MHA -- Maritime History Archive (MUN)
  • MUN -- Queen Elizabeth II Library (MUN)
  • MUNFLA -- Folklore and Language Archive (MUN)
  • OONL -- National Library of Canada
  • PANL -- Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • PBHS -- Port-au-Port/Bay St. George Historical Association
  • PRL -- Provincial Resource Library
  • RHPL -- Rocky Harbour Public Library
  • THS -- Trinity Historical Society
  • UKLNL -- British Library

Major Repositories of Newfoundland and Labrador Newspapers

Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries
The Provincial Resource Library has the Province's largest collection of Newfoundland and Labrador newspapers both in original format and on microfilm. The library does not loan newspapers.

Arts and Culture Centre
St. John's, Nfld. A1B 3A3
Phone (709) 864-3954

Provincial Archvies of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador collection of Newfoundland and Labrador newspapers is limited to microfilm.

The Rooms Provincial Archives
9 Bonaventure Avenue
P.O. Box 1800, Station C
St. John's, NL, Canada A1C 5P9

Telephone: (709) 757-8030
Fax: (709) 757-8031
E-Mail: archives@therooms.ca

Queen Elizabeth II Library
The Queen Elizabeth II Library collection of Newfoundland and Labrador newspapers is limited almost entirely to microfilm. Papers being currently published are received in paper format and held for a limited time only. Current issues of the daily papers are kept in the newspaper display area of the Periodicals Division on Level 3. Microfilm back files of the modern dailies are kept in the Microforms Room on Level 1. All other Newfoundland and Labrador newspapers, both paper and microfilm back files, are kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies on Level 3. Library users may not check out newspapers.

Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Nfld. A1B 3Y1
Phone (709) 864-7425