Most of us have clipped and saved a newspaper article about ourselves, a friend, or family member. And over the years, these little clippings can be easily lost or torn. Or we can no longer identify when the article was published. How can you find and replace those lost articles?
When you know the date of publication: You can browse the newspapers on microfilm in the Grosvenor Room. We have the Courier Express (1926-1982) and the Buffalo [Evening] News (1881-present). The newspaper on microfilm will look exactly as the paper did when published (with the exception of color; film is black & white only), with headlines, text, images, and advertisements.
When you don’t know the date of publication: Browsing microfilm can be a tedious process when you don’t know which month or even which year to start with. Luckily, there are some resources that can help you narrow down the date, and often provide an exact citation. Depending on the time frame, you may find one or more of the following tools useful:
- 1930-1982. Local History [Card] File: A selective newspaper index for articles from the Buffalo [Evening] News and Courier Express. Arranged A-Z by subject, this card file includes articles on local people, places, and events. If you find a card that contains the article you are seeking, it will include a full citation with the name of the paper, date, and page number on which it appeared.
- 1983-1996. Western New York Index: This is a set of printed indexes that contain citations for Buffalo News articles by subject. Each volume covers one individual year, and also includes a separate Personal Names section.
- 1989-Present. Buffalo News Database*: This online database includes full-text articles that can be searched by keyword and narrowed by a date or date range. While the online database provides only the text of the article, it will identify the date and page on which it appears. If you would like a copy of the article as it appeared when published, you can then find it on the microfilm of the paper.
Once you find your article or image, you can print a copy from the microfilm reader machine. Copies are 20 cents per page.
* To access this database from your library or from home with your library card, click on the following link, select Research Databases, click on Newspapers, and select Buffalo News: http://www.buffalolib.org/db/index.asp .