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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.

    Thanks!

  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

  5. Comment by Peter Goodell — May 19, 2020 @ 10:47 AM

    I found an excerpt of a letter originally published in the Philadelphia Daily Ledger, and subsequently published in the New Orleans Picayune on March 8th 1952. The letter concerned the Chilean revolt of 1851, when some American railroad workers were held hostage by the rebels, and my great-great-grandfather Debruce Goodell, was forced to run the locomotive for the rebels. The excerpt ended by saying that his belongings were on the ship, which weighted a while for his return, which did not happen. Since he went on to live a long life after this, I would love to know how this story ended. Any help you could give me would be very very appreciated!

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