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The Whittier News page

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.

Whittier Historical Newspaper Collection

 (currently library use only, currently only works with Internet Explorer browser)


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
Microfilm: 1888
Paper: 1887
Paper: 1888
Whittier Pointer* Weekly 1889 - 1893

Whittier Register Weekly 1892 - 1911 Digital: 1892-1909
Microfilm: 1892-1911
Microfilm: 1892-1904
Paper: 1892-1911
Whittier Herald Weekly and Daily 1910 - 1911
Paper: 1910-1911
Whittier News Weekly 1900 - 1910 Digital: 1901-1905
Microfilm: 1904-1910
Microfilm: 1905-1910
Whittier News Daily 1905 - 1960 Digital: 1905-1926; 1928; 1935-1956
Microfilm: 1905-1960
Microfilm: 1905-1960
Paper: 1903-1960
Whittier News Progress Edition Unknown Unknown Digital: 1953 Paper: 1897-1923
Whittier News Annual Edition Annually Unknown Digital: 1924
Paper: 1920-1926
Microfilm: 1916-1926
Whittier Daily News Daily 1960 - present Microfilm: 1960-present

Paper: October 1987;
current issues from date of last microfilm reel until next reel arrives.

Microfilm: 1960-1995
Paper: 1960-1968
Whittier District News Weekly 1924 Digital: 1924
Microfilm: 1924
Microfilm: 1924
Whittier Californian and Deep Sand Review Weekly 1929 - 1930
Paper: 1929-1933
Whittier Reporter Weekly 1928-1929    
Whittier Star Reporter Weekly 1929 - 1968
Paper: 1936-1968
 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
Paper: 1953-1988
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.

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