Newspaper Collection

Library and Archives Canada collects print copies of select Canadian current daily newspapers, all Canadian ethnic newspapers, all Canadian aboriginal newspapers, and student newspapers received from Canadian University Press. The Newspaper Collection also contains international newspapers.

All print issues may be consulted onsite. We also have over 200,000 reels of Canadian newspapers on microfilm, some of which are available online.

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General information about newspapers

Oldest
Post och Inrikes Tidningar. —  Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, 1645.
Largest
New York Times. —  Sunday, October 17, 1965. —  15 sections, 946 pages; 7 1/2 lbs., 3.40 kg.
Smallest
Daily Banner, Roseberg, Oregon. —  February 1, 2, 1876. (surviving) —  3 X 3 3/4 inches; 7.6 X 9.5 cm.
First Canadian newspaper
Halifax Gazette. —  March 23, 1752.
First French-Canadian newspaper
Le Canadien. (Québec and Montréal) —  November, 1806.
Longest-running newspaper in Canada and the United States
The Quebec Gazette / La gazette de Québec. —  1764. —  now Chronicle-Telegraph.
First daily published in Canada
Daily Advertiser, Montréal. —  May 14, 1833.
First ethnic newspaper in Canada
Die Welt, und Neuschottländische Correspondenz, Halifax. —  January 1788.
Oldest weekly newspaper
Cobourg Star, Cobourg, Ontario. —  1831. —  now Cobourg Sentinel Star.

Sources

  • Colombo, John Robert. —  99 Questions about Canada. —  Toronto : Doubleday Canada Limited, 1989 —  p. 316.
  • The foreign-language press in Canada, Press Review : A review of the press in Canada other than English and French. —  vol. 2, no. 9 (May 1, 1954). —  Ottawa : Citizenship and Immigration, 1954.
  • The Guinness Book of Records 1994. —  London : Guinness Publishing, c. 1993. —  pp. 165-166.
  • Le livre Guinness des records 1990. —  Paris : Le Livre Guinness des Records, c. 1989. —  pp. 165-166.