The Institute collects individual issues of newspapers that cover the events of the American Revolution, post-war commemorations and the activities of the Society of the Cincinnati. Newspapers in the Revolutionary era served as the main source of information about events across the states, such as eyewitness reports from battles, letters and breaking news. People would either buy the paper or listen to it read aloud in town.

The format and style of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century newspapers are very different from today’s papers. Headlines are non-existent; rather, italics or small capital letters are used in a column to indicate an item of interest. Advertisements are scattered throughout the pages and give insights into popular books—Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States by baron von Steuben is advertised for purchase in a 1789 paper—as well as goods and services for sale.

The centerpiece of the Institute’s newspaper collection is the Hamilton Newspaper and Ephemera Collection of Antonia Chambers, Esq., which contains newspapers featuring articles on the life and career of Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Hamilton’s work to promote and protect his legacy. The collection chronicles events ranging from his valorous action at Yorktown in 1781 to the Hamilton-Burr duel and his death in 1804. Other highlights of the Institute’s newspaper collection include contemporary European newspapers reporting on the war in America, newspapers from the 1750s covering the French and Indian War, detailed descriptions of battles, and coverage of Society of the Cincinnati meetings and toasts.

The following newspapers, and others, are available on our Digital Library.