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:
- Choose a newspaper from the list below.
- 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.)
- Select an individual event module you wish to research from the dropdown list above the “Newspaper” field.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.*