The Whittier Historical Newspaper Collection, accessible via the link below, consists of digitized issues of the Whittier Graphic, Whittier Register, Whittier News, Whittier District News, and the Whittier Daily News, dating from February, 1888 to February, 1956.
The online newspaper database works best using Internet Explorer. Click the link below to view from inside the Whittier Public Library or Whittwood Branch Library.
Digital Newspaper Collection Search Tips
Try using quotation marks around a search term for more relevant results. The search John Painter will return results of every instance of either John or Painter. “John Painter” will return only instances of both words next to each other.
If searching for the history of a Whittier structure, business or home, using the address as a search term is a good place to start. Use “Whittier Street Number Changes” to discover pre-1966 addresses. When searching for an address, perform a search with the direction abbreviated, and another with the direction spelled out: for example, “102 N. Greenleaf” as well as “102 North Greenleaf”.
Also helpful for newspaper research is the Vital Records Index (vol. 1: 1888-1930; vol. 2: 1931-1957), published by the Whittier Area Genealogical Society, and available for reference use at the Whittier Public Library. It contains an index of the adoption, birth, baptism, marriage, divorce, and death announcements found in Whittier newspapers spanning 1888-1957.
The Availability of All Whittier Newspapers
Below is a table of all Whittier newspapers, with publication span and current availability. It is based on a list compiled in 1991 by Mynatt Smith, former editor of the Whittier Daily News. His sources included the recollections of people closely associated with the production of Whittier newspapers, such as Lee E. Owens (associate publisher of the Whittier Daily News), and Winnie McFarland (editor of the East Whittier Review).
Sources for 2015 additions and corrections to Mr. Smith’s list include the catalogues of the Whittier Public Library and Whittier College, collection lists of the Whittier Museum, and the California Newspaper Project catalogue.
Availability year spans should not be understood as indications of comprehensiveness.
The foregoing information is subject to alteration and correction as more information is offered and uncovered. It represents the best information that has been available thus far. Improvements are invited and can be sent to historyroom at whittierlibrary dot org.
|Newspaper Title||Output||Publication Dates||Whittier Public Library||Whittier Museum|
|Whittier Graphic||Weekly||Dec.1887 - 1889||Digital: 1888
|Whittier Pointer*||Weekly||1889 - 1893||
|Whittier Register||Weekly||1892 - 1911||Digital: 1892-1909
|Whittier Herald||Weekly and Daily||1910 - 1911||
|Whittier News||Weekly||1900 - 1910||Digital: 1901-1905
|Whittier News||Daily||1905 - 1960||Digital: 1905-1926; 1928; 1935-1956
|Whittier News Progress Edition||Unknown||Unknown||Digital: 1953||Paper: 1897-1923|
|Whittier News Annual Edition||Annually||Unknown||Digital: 1924
|Whittier Daily News||Daily||1960 - present||Microfilm: 1960-present
Paper: October 1987;
|Whittier District News||Weekly||1924||Digital: 1924
|Whittier Californian and Deep Sand Review||Weekly||1929 - 1930||
|Whittier Star Reporter||Weekly||1929 - 1968||
|Coast Reporter||Weekly||1935 - 1936||Paper: 1935-1936|
|Whittier Sunday Review||Weekly||1947-1949||Paper: 1947-1949|
|East Whittier Review||Weekly||1953 - 1991||Microfilm: 1953-1982||
|East Whittier Star Review||Weekly||1947 -1971||Microfilm: 1957-1962||Paper: 1947-1957|
|Whittier Star Review||Weekly||1960-1967||Microfilm: 1960-1967|
|East Whittier La Mirada Edition Review||Weekly||1962-1982||Microfilm: 1962-1982|
|East Whittier Review West Whittier Edition||Weekly||1981-1982||Microfilm: 1981-1982|
|East Whittier Review Central Whittier Edition||Weekly||1981-1982||Microfilm: 1981-1982|
|Quad Shopper and Rio Hondo Valley News||Twice Weekly||Unknown||
|This Week in Whittier||Weekly||Oct.1983 - Mar.1984||Paper: 1983-1984||
*The Whittier Pointer is held by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.
Whittier College newspaper Quaker Campus has a weekly output, with publication dates 1914 to present. Available online at Callimachus are years 1964 to present (digitization ongoing). Available at Whittier College Library in formats microfilm and paper are years 1914 to present.
Rio Hondo College newspaper El Paisano has a semi-biweekly output, with publication dates 1964 to present. Available online at the California Digital Newspaper Collection are years 1964-2016.
The Whittier College Library also holds issues of the Whittier Daily News on microfilm, 1957-2001.