If you have been researching Prince Edward Island ancestors for a while, then you probably know about this site. But for those just starting out, you should bookmark Island Newspapers. The site is a partnership between the University of Prince Edward Island Robertson Library, the Guardian Newspaper, Island Archives, and Islandora.
On the home screen you can see that first there\’s a link to purchase 125 Years Through Our Eyes, a publication by the Guardian newspaper. Clinking on the image brought me to the dreaded 404 Not Found screen.
Next is the This Day in History link. here they feature a past issue of a newspaper. Today\’s issue is the 20 October 1917 issue of The Charlottetown Guardian. You will be able to see each individual page of the issue. Clicking on a particular page will take you to a new screen where you can zoom in and out. You also have the option of saving your zoomed in image by right clicking with the mouse. Most of the front page in this particular issue deals with war news of course, but there are some local news as well:
Next link is the Directory of Island Newspapers. Here you can access individual newspaper histories. I clicked on the Advertiser, and found out that it ran from 1946 to 1854. It was published by John T. Pippy, and was the amalgamation of the Semi-Weekly Advertiser and the Morning News. It was published semi weekly.
The rest of the home page right now is a feature on electoral coverage from 1900-1962. It shows the issues of the Guardian published the day after the general election. The banners above the top of each issue showing the year is either red for a Liberal win that election, or blue for a Conservative win. The front page is showing, but click on that issue, and you\’ll have the ability to look at each individual page of that particular issue.
Here you can browse individual newspapers. They are listed according to publication start year. In all there are 10 newspapers available for browsing. Some are actually two newspapers grouped together:
- Royal Gazette (1830- )
- British American (1832-1833)
- Colonial Herald and Price Edward Island Advertiser (1837-1844)
- Morning News and Semi Weekly Advertiser (1843-1846)
- Haszard\’s Gazette (1851-1851)
- Charlottetown Herald (1864-1923)
- Summerside Journal (1865-1951)
- Guardian (1890- )
- Cadre (1969-1977)
- Gem (1983-1990)