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Cope Collection, Special Collections, Hartley Library: Local Newspapers

The Cope Collection includes books, pamphlets, journals, prints, photographs and postcards on all aspects of life in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Local Newspapers

Local newspapers of the eighteenth century contain comparatively little local news, but their adverts and notices can provide information on many aspects of local life.

In contrast, nineteenth-century newspapers report events in great detail, providing a wealth of information on all kinds of local issues, though often reflecting the political interests of the proprietor. In the case of Hampshire, the Hampshire Advertiser reflected the conservative interests and the Hampshire Independent, those of the radicals.

Hampshire Chronicle

Hampshire Chronicle

Cope Collection Newspapers

Local newspapers are on microfilm and are stored in the Microform Area on level 1. They can be read, copied and scanned on the reader-printers.

A University login is required for scanning.

Newspaper Holdings Copy Number
Hampshire Advertiser 1827-1940 40004741-40004826, 40011637-40011936, 40015868-40016191, 40016397-40016418
Hampshire Chronicle 1772-1830 40000716-40000891
Hampshire Observer 1877-1957 40029212-40029847
Oxford Gazette and Mercury 1753-1767 40014768
Reading Mercury 1767-1788 40014777-40014795
Salisbury Journal 1738/9-1801 40049171-40049313
Southampton Herald 1823-1825 40004732
Southampton Times 1860-1925 40004013-40004518
Southern Daily Echo 1909-1910, 1912-1925 40017228-40017255, 40017385-40017705, 40017844-40017

Electronic Access

Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers (off campus access via VPN)

Access to the full text of the following newspapers:

Subscription Services

British Newspaper Archive

Individual subscriptions are required for access to the full text.

Searches are free and can be used as an index to the Hampshire Advertiser and Hampshire Chronicle on microfilm.

Isle of Wight County Press Archive 1884-2013. Searches are free but individual subscriptions are required for access to the full text.