Local Happenings….The Courier-Journal

If you are a UofL faculty, staff, or student, you have access to articles from Louisville’s local newspaper, The Courier-Journal. Access is provided through the Gannett Newstand database, available from either the “C” or “G” pages of the All Databases List. The Gannett database includes a number of other papers published by Gannett such as the Cincinnati Enquirer, so if you want to limit your search to just the Courier-Journal, you’ll need to use the Advanced Search, and search for the Courier-Journal in the Publication Title. See the picture below.


The database contains articles from 1999-the present. If you do not find an article you remember seeing in the online or print edition of the paper, it may be that the article was from a news service such as Reuters or reprinted from another paper such as the New York Times and you’ll need to look elsewhere for it.  Contact a librarian if you need help!

Articles from before 1999 are likely not available online, or even on the computer! UofL has microfilm of the Courier-Journal dating back to 1868, and from the two proceeding newspapers Louisville Courier (1851) and the Louisville Journal (1833). Here is an example of the index (also on microfilm) to the CJ from 1918.


The earliest years of the Courier-Journal are being digitized, but currently, UofL does not have a subscription to that database; it is however, available from the Louisville Free Public Library.

There are many treasures to be found in the historical Courier-Journal. It would be an interesting assignment for students who want to trace the history of a local story, event, or famous person.

UofL also has several other newspapers of local historical interest on microfilm such as the Louisville Defender, the local African-American paper from 1951-2009; the Louisville Anzeiger, the local German language newspaper from 1849-1937; and the Louisville Leader, another African American newspaper currently being transcribed via crowdsourcing.

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