High Priority Research Explained

By December 7, 2018Research Tips

One of the goals for History Unfolded is to develop a representative sample of newspaper reporting in each of the fifty states in order to facilitate scholarly research and comparative data analysis. Toward that end, the Museum has identified the two newspapers, or in some cases three, with the highest circulation in each state in 1940. We have set a goal to publish findings from these two newspapers for each event module in each state.

The top two newspapers for each state, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are listed below. Since January 2019, these newspapers are also identified on the History Unfolded website’s Find a Newspaper Archive listing with a small red flag symbol next to the newspaper name. Below is an example of the red flag used to highlight the high priority newspapers. 

We encourage students to look at newspapers in their local community. If you also happen to live near one of the high circulation newspapers on this list, or want to contribute “above and beyond” your local newspaper coverage, please follow these steps:

  1. Choose a newspaper from the list below.
  2. Go to the History Unfolded site’s “Menu” and then “Explore User Research” page. Enter in the newspaper name in the “Newspaper” field. (If the newspaper name does not appear, then we may not have any submissions from it yet.)
  3. Select an individual event module you wish to research from the dropdown list above the “Newspaper” field.
  4. Hit the blue “Search” button to see if we have any submissions from that newspaper on that topic. If we do not, this is a great event to begin researching from this newspaper.
  5. Continue this process for your chosen newspaper with other events the database does not currently have any published submissions from.

Have questions about the state-by-state sprint? Want particular guidance from the History Unfolded team? If so, please email us at historyunfolded@ushmm.org or call community manager Eric Schmalz at 202.382.0211. Keep your eye out for additional enhancements to History Unfolded. As always, thank you for all your incredible work!

 

*Any newspaper names listed in blue below are one of our top priority newspapers, however, these already have one or more submissions for each event.*

Alabama

Birmingham News-Age-Herald • The Birmingham News

Alaska

Alaska Press • Alaska Empire

Arizona

Arizona Republic • Arizona Gazette

Arkansas

Arkansas Gazette • Arkansas Democrat

California

Los Angeles Examiner • San Francisco Examiner • Los Angeles Times

Colorado

Denver Post • Rocky Mountain News

Connecticut

The Hartford Courant • The Bridgeport Post

District of Columbia

Washington Times-Herald • Washington Evening Star

Delaware

Wilmington Journal-Every EveningWilmington Morning News

Florida

Florida Times-Union • Miami Herald

Georgia

Atlanta Journal • The Atlanta Constitution

Hawaii

Honolulu Star-BulletinHonolulu Advertiser

Idaho

Idaho Statesman • Twin Falls News

Illinois

Chicago Times • Chicago News

Indiana

Indianapolis StarIndianapolis News

Iowa

Des Moines Register • Des Moines Tribune

Kansas

Wichita Beacon•  The Eagle

Kentucky

Louisville Courier Journal • Louisville Times

Louisiana

New Orleans Times-Picayune-States • New Orleans Item

Maine

Bangor News • Portland Telegram

Maryland

Baltimore Sun • Baltimore News-Post

Massachusetts

Boston Post • Boston Globe • Boston Advertiser

Michigan

Detroit News • Detroit Times • Detroit Free Press

Minnesota

Minneapolis Tribune • Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Mississippi

Jackson Clarion-Ledger • Jackson News

Missouri

Kansas City Star • Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

Montana

Montana Standard • Billings Gazette

Nebraska

Omaha World-Herald • Lincoln Journal-Star

Nevada

Nevada State Journal  • Reno Evening Gazette

New Hampshire

Manchester Union • Manchester Leader

New Jersey

Newark News • Newark Star-Ledger

New Mexico

Albuquerque Journal • New Mexico Sentinel

New York

New York Daily News • New York Daily Mirror • New York Journal – American

North Carolina

Charlotte Observer • Raleigh News and Observer

North Dakota

Grand Forks Herald • Bismarck Leader

Ohio

Cleveland Plain Dealer • Cincinnati Enquirer

Oklahoma

The Oklahoman • Tulsa World

Oregon

Oregonian • Oregon Journal

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Inquirer • Grit

Puerto Rico

El Imparcial • El Mundo 

Rhode Island

Providence Journal • Providence Bulletin

South Carolina

Greenville News • Columbia State

South Dakota

Sioux Falls Argus-Leader • Aberdeen American-News

Tennessee

The Tennessean • Knoxville News-Sentinel

Texas

Fort Worth Star-Telegram • Houston Chronicle

Utah

Salt Lake Tribune • Deseret News

Vermont

Burlington Free Press • Rutland Herald

Virginia

Richmond Times-Dispatch • Virginian-Pilot

Washington

Post-Intelligencer • Seattle Times

West Virginia

Charleston Gazette • Charleston Daily Mail

Wiscosin

Milwaukee Journal • Milwaukee News-Sentinel 

Wyoming

Wyoming State Tribune-Leader • Tribune-Herald