Online access to Arlington newspapers from 1871 to 2005

Researching local history just got easier in Arlington. Thanks to a $28,000 donation from local historian Richard A. Duffy to the Arlington Libraries Foundation, The Arlington Lawyer and other Arlington newspapers dating from 1871 to 2005 have been digitized.

The Historical Arlington Newspapers online resource is available at robbinslibrary.org and includes searchable full-page scans with photos and vintage advertisements.

Users can search by topic or browse by post or date. Entire newspaper pages or individual images and articles are downloadable.

Local history librarian Steven Prochet said in an April 4 news release, “People will be able to easily discover events in the lives of loved ones, moments in Arlington’s history, and details related to homes and to Arlington businesses.”

April 12 event

Those interested in learning more about how to access Arlington’s historic newspapers are invited to attend an in-person program at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 in the Robbins Library Community Room. To learn more, click here >>

For a quick overview of Arlington’s historic newspapers, see this YouTube video from the Robbins Library:

The library’s historical newspaper collection includes the lawyer and The Arlington Daily News, as well as a few short-lived local newspapers. Until now, microfilm was the only option for viewing them. Preserving the aging microfilm collection is another natural outcome of the digitization project.

Linda Dyndiuk, Manager of Adult Services, selected Advantage Archives microfilm digitizing company http://www.advantagearchives.com/ to digitize 134 years of newspapers on 177 microfilm reels.

“We were looking for a vendor with deep experience not only in scanning, but also with a real commitment to building strong search functionality,” Dyndiuk said.

Duffy, whose donation made this resource a reality, said, “I’m so excited that Arlington’s history can now be explored from anywhere in the world. We have keys to learn more about our city, and I’m sure users will discover content that is both informative and entertaining.

Arlington Libraries Foundation President Patrick Hanlon added, “The foundation is honored to have the opportunity to support this project. Arlington’s history is central to our understanding of the city’s present. This resource will show us what happened, as it happened. It’s a great step forward.”

The library’s historical newspaper collection includes the lawyer and The Arlington Daily News, as well as a few short-lived local newspapers. Until now, microfilm was the only option for viewing them. Preserving the aging microfilm collection is another natural outcome of the digitization project.

Linda Dyndiuk, Manager of Adult Services, chose microfilm scanning company Advantage Archives to digitize 134 years of newspapers on 177 microfilm reels.

“We were looking for a vendor with deep experience not only in scanning, but also with a real commitment to building strong search functionality,” Dyndiuk said.

Duffy, whose donation made this resource a reality, said, “I’m so excited that Arlington’s history can now be explored from anywhere in the world. We have keys to learn more about our city, and I’m sure users will discover content that is both informative and entertaining.

Arlington Libraries Foundation President Patrick Hanlon added, “The foundation is honored to have the opportunity to support this project. Arlington’s history is central to our understanding of the city’s present. This resource will show us what happened, as it happened. It’s a great step forward.”


This new announcement was published on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

The library’s historical newspaper collection includes the lawyer and The Arlington Daily News, as well as a few short-lived local newspapers. Until now, microfilm was the only option for viewing them. Preserving the aging microfilm collection is another natural outcome of the digitization project.

Linda Dyndiuk, Manager of Adult Services, selected Advantage Archives microfilm digitizing company http://www.advantagearchives.com/ to digitize 134 years of newspapers on 177 microfilm reels.

“We were looking for a vendor with deep experience not only in scanning, but also with a real commitment to building strong search functionality,” Dyndiuk said.

Duffy, whose donation made this resource a reality, said, “I’m so excited that Arlington’s history can now be explored from anywhere in the world. We have keys to learn more about our city, and I’m sure users will discover content that is both informative and entertaining.

Arlington Libraries Foundation President Patrick Hanlon added, “The foundation is honored to have the opportunity to support this project. Arlington’s history is central to our understanding of the city’s present. This resource will show us what happened, as it happened. It’s a great step forward.”

The library’s historical newspaper collection includes the lawyer and The Arlington Daily News, as well as a few short-lived local newspapers. Until now, microfilm was the only option for viewing them. Preserving the aging microfilm collection is another natural outcome of the digitization project.

Linda Dyndiuk, Manager of Adult Services, chose microfilm scanning company Advantage Archives to digitize 134 years of newspapers on 177 microfilm reels.

“We were looking for a vendor with deep experience not only in scanning, but also with a real commitment to building strong search functionality,” Dyndiuk said.

Duffy, whose donation made this resource a reality, said, “I’m so excited that Arlington’s history can now be explored from anywhere in the world. We have keys to learn more about our city, and I’m sure users will discover content that is both informative and entertaining.

Arlington Libraries Foundation President Patrick Hanlon added, “The foundation is honored to have the opportunity to support this project. Arlington’s history is central to our understanding of the city’s present. This resource will show us what happened, as it happened. It’s a great step forward.”


This new announcement was published on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.

The library’s historical newspaper collection includes the lawyer and The Arlington Daily News, as well as a few short-lived local newspapers. Until now, microfilm was the only option for viewing them. Preserving the aging microfilm collection is another natural outcome of the digitization project.

Linda Dyndiuk, Manager of Adult Services, chose microfilm scanning company Advantage Archives to digitize 134 years of newspapers on 177 microfilm reels.

“We were looking for a vendor with deep experience not only in scanning, but also with a real commitment to building strong search functionality,” Dyndiuk said.

Duffy, whose donation made this resource a reality, said, “I’m so excited that Arlington’s history can now be explored from anywhere in the world. We have keys to learn more about our city, and I’m sure users will discover content that is both informative and entertaining.

Arlington Libraries Foundation President Patrick Hanlon added, “The foundation is honored to have the opportunity to support this project. Arlington’s history is central to our understanding of the city’s present. This resource will show us what happened, as it happened. It’s a great step forward.”

Asked about the cost, Anna Litten, the library’s assistant director, replied on April 5 that the digitization project was $28,000 and that Duffy’s donation to the Arlington Libraries Foundation fully covered that cost. The grant for this project came from the foundation.

She said that Gannett, the lawyer‘s, granted permission to digitize microfilm until 2005. “We don’t know why they put an embargo in other years,” she wrote.


This new announcement was published on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.