Top of page

Newspaper Daily Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1876-1884 Issues for Apr. 25, 1882-Sept. 17, 1882 published as: Los Angeles daily herald / Los Angeles herald / Daily herald

View All Front Pages

About Daily Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1876-1884

Established in 1873, the Los Angeles Herald represented the largely Democratic views of the city and focused primarily on issues local to Los Angeles and Southern California. Appealing to a mostly working-class audience during its 116 years of publication, the Herald evolved from a primary focus on agriculture to reporting extensively on Hollywood gossip and local scandal, reflecting the transformation of Los Angeles itself during the twentieth century.

The Los Angeles Daily Herald was first published on October 2, 1873, by Charles A. Storke. The Herald was the first newspaper in Southern California to use the innovative steam press; the newspaper’s offices at 125 South Broadway were popular with the public because large windows on the ground floor allowed passersby to see the presses in motion. William Ivan “Ike” St. Johns and Adela Rogers St. Johns, a popular husband and wife reporting team, were among the notable Herald staff in the early years. Storke lost the paper to creditors, who together formed the Los Angeles City and County Publishing Company in 1874. The Herald continued to focus on local news including agriculture, business, and culture. Under the leadership of Robert M. Widney, the paper’s circulation increased dramatically. Widney interviewed local farmers and business owners for free and used this information to report on the region. The Los Angeles Weekly Herald making use of this material, sold over 1,000 copies a week. Beginning in the teens and guided by the Hearst-trained editors, Edwin R. Collins and John B.T. Campbell, the local coverage for which the Herald was known started to emphasize scandal, crime, and the emerging Hollywood scene. By the 1920s, editors Wes Barr and James H. Richardson were so well known for their investigative reporting that they became the prototypes for the morally ambiguous, chain-smoking reporters who figured in so many film noir movies of the 1930s. In 1922, the Herald officially joined the Hearst News empire, although several sources suggest that Hearst had secretly purchased the paper in 1911 when Collins and Campbell took the helm. In 1931, Hearst merged the Los Angeles Daily Herald with the Los Angeles Evening Express to form the Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express, which was then the largest circulating evening newspaper west of the Mississippi.

See also: Los Angeles Daily Herald, October 2, 1873-November 12, 1876; Daily Los Angeles Herald, November 14, 1876-October 5, 1884; Los Angeles Daily Herald, October 7,1884-March 22, 1890; Los Angeles Herald, March 23, 1890-January 15, 1893; The Herald, January 16, 1893-March 31, 1900; Los Angeles Herald, April 1, 1900-November 1, 1911.

Provided By: University of California, Riverside; Riverside, CA

About this Newspaper


  • Daily Los Angeles Herald (Los Angeles [Calif.]) 1876-1884

Other Title

  • Issues for Apr. 25, 1882-Sept. 17, 1882 published as: Los Angeles daily herald
  • Los Angeles herald
  • Daily herald

Dates of Publication

  • 1876-1884

Created / Published

  • Los Angeles [Calif.] : J.D. Lynch, 1876-


  • -  Los Angeles (Calif.)--Newspapers
  • -  Los Angeles County (Calif.)--Newspapers
  • -  California--Los Angeles
  • -  California--Los Angeles County
  • -  United States--California--Los Angeles--Los Angeles


  • Newspapers


  • -  Daily (except Monday)
  • -  Vol. 7, no. 1 (Nov. 14, 1876)-
  • -  Ceased Oct. 5, 1884.
  • -  The words "Los Angeles" appear within the title device.
  • -  Master negatives are available for duplication from: California Newspaper Microfilm Archive; for further information consult the CNMA at: External
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format as part of the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Angeles daily herald (Los Angeles, Calif. : 1884) (DLC)sn 85042460 (OCoLC)12493571


  • volumes

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn85042459

OCLC Number

  • 12493525

ISSN Number

  • 2163-4645

Preceding Titles

Succeeding Titles

Additional Metadata Formats


Rights & Access

The Library of Congress believes that the newspapers in Chronicling America are in the public domain or have no known copyright restrictions. Newspapers published in the United States more than 95 years ago are in the public domain in their entirety. Any newspapers in Chronicling America that were published less than 95 years ago are also believed to be in the public domain, but may contain some copyrighted third party materials. Researchers using newspapers published less than 95 years ago should be alert for modern content (for example, registered and renewed for copyright and published with notice) that may be copyrighted. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item.

The NEH awardee responsible for producing each digital object is presented in the Chronicling America page display, below the page image – e.g. Image produced by the Library of Congress. For more information on current NDNP awardees, see

For more information on Library of Congress policies and disclaimers regarding rights and reproductions, see

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Daily Los Angeles Herald Los Angeles Calif. -1884. (Los Angeles, CA), Jan. 1 1876.

APA citation style:

(1876, January 1) Daily Los Angeles Herald Los Angeles Calif. -1884. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Daily Los Angeles Herald Los Angeles Calif. -1884. (Los Angeles, CA) 1 Jan. 1876. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,