The California Digital Newspaper Collection is a growing repository of historical California newspapers published from 1846-present, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California. It also contains issues of current California newspapers, collected as PDFs, that are part of a project to preserve and provide access to contemporary papers.
All newspapers published before January 1, 1926, are in the public domain and therefore have no restrictions on use. If publishing, quoting from, or otherwise reproducing the images from this collection, we request that you credit the CDNC as follows: Courtesy of the California Digital Newspaper Collection, Center for Bibliographic Studies and Research, University of California, Riverside, http://cdnc.ucr.edu.
All newspapers published on or after January 1, 1926 may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without the permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
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Since 2005 the CDNC has been supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library, and has received five grants from the National Endowment for Humanities through its NDNP program. In addition, the CDNC has partnered with numerous local libraries and historical societies throughout the state and with Newspapers.com. More information about those partnerships is available in the "Acknowledgements" section for each title.
- Making Duplicate Films for Scanning
- Best Practices for California Newspaper Digitization
- Appendix A: Selection of Newspapers for Digitization
- Appendix B: Specifications Summary for the CDNC
- Appendix C: Sample Metadata Template
- U.S. Newspapers and Copyright
- California Counties 5-Year Plan