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Philadelphia’s Public Ledger now available via “America’s Historical Newspapers”

The Philadelphia Public Ledger (1836-1942), Philadelphia’s first penny paper, was recently added to America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922. Over 5,000 issues of the Public Ledger ranging from 1836 to 1876 are now accessible online. The Library also retains the complete run of the Public Ledger on microfilm.

America’s Historical Newspapers includes more than 60 newspaper titles published in Philadelphia between 1690 and 1922, among them the Philadelphia Inquirer for the years 1860 to 1922 and the Philadelphia Evening Post.

For more information about the Public Ledger, click here to read a short article from the Oxford Companion to American Literature.


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  1. Comment by Karen Janney — February 21, 2011 @ 4:17 PM

    Do oyu have obituaries from 1880-1900? Thanks

  2. Comment by Frank Murphy — March 30, 2012 @ 2:47 PM

    Looking for headline from early 1920’s
    “Irish Spy Laid To Rest”
    How can I find?
    May have been the Phils Record.

  3. Comment by Scott Robertson — February 5, 2020 @ 1:05 PM

    I am trying to get the names of the publisher, editor and compositors (printers) of this paper in 1836.

    Also looking for verbiage that addresses the purchase of railroad bonds and real estate.


  4. Comment by Rick t — February 11, 2020 @ 10:55 AM

    Found what looks like to be a complete a phila public ledger newspaper still in tact dated 12/21/25

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