The Library’s Serial and Government Publication Division maintains one of the largest and most comprehensive newspaper collections in the world, comprised not only of the major titles published in all 50 states and territories of the United States, but also of titles from most independent countries and many dependent states that have existed during the past three centuries. In addition, the division holds some 70,000 current foreign and domestic, unbound serial titles, and offers current U.S. federal, state, municipal, and foreign and international serial documents in Western European languages.
As early as January 1830, then-Librarian of Congress John Silva Meehan had been instructed to place the latest numbers of periodicals received by the Library on a special table "for the convenience of readers." In 1867 a small, separate periodicals reading room was established for members of Congress. When the Library Committee increased the Library's annual newspaper appropriation that year it observed that "The wants of Congress for all leading journals, magazines & reviews covering the departments of law, commerce, finance, & literature require the Librarian to subscribe annually for an increased number." The importance of newspapers and periodicals to scholars was recognized when the Library established a separate newspaper-periodical room on January 22, 1900.
A. Front Page of the Fort Worth Weekly Gazette. Dec. 14, 1888. Serial and Government Publications Division. Reproduction Information: Reproduction information not available.
B. Newspapers and Current Periodicals Reading Room, Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Information: Reproduction No.: LC-USZ62-88126 (b&w film copy neg.); Call No.: LOT 12562 [item] [P&P]