We would like to gratefully acknowledge the work done at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library in compiling extensive history and background information on American antebellum newspapers. Please see their original library guide American Newspapers, 1800-1860 for additional information not included here.
The following video created by the University of Illinois University Library provides a detailed, in-depth look at the American newspaper industry. While fairly long, it provides excellent information on the social and cultural contexts of early newspapers, as well as the evolution of the newspaper industry in general.
This video is fully sub-titled. Click here to view a full transcript.
There is an excellent blog post (linked below) by Rachel Leow titled "On Newspapers as Sources" that provides guidelines on how to keep your newspaper research on track. Leow suggests the following:
R Leow. (2009, June 16). On Newspapers as Sources. [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://idlethink.wordpress.com/2009/06/16/on-newspapers-as-sources/