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Quincy Historical Newspaper Archive is a work in progress. QPL’s digitized daily newspapers begin in 1835, continuing with the Quincy Daily Journal in 1919, and later. We began with the Quincy Daily Whig and Quincy Daily Herald, then expanded to include the Quincy Daily Journal, and some weekly editions of these newspapers. We have recently added Quincy newspapers through May, 1926, and hope eventually to meet the more current online database available through the Quincy Herald-Whig website at whig.com.
Quincy’s earliest newspaper was the Illinois Bounty Land Register. Our earliest copy is of April 17, 1835. Our earliest Quincy Whig is May 12, 1838. The earliest available Quincy Herald is October 20, 1848. Some issues of the Herald include the name Argus; some issues of the Whig include the name Republican. There was also a paper called the Evening Call as early as September 5, 1870, and a Quincy Journal with available copies beginning September 11, 1883. These papers published variously as daily or weekly papers, and with slight title variations, throughout early Quincy history. The Quincy Herald and Quincy Whig Journal merged in June 1926 to become the Quincy Herald-Whig which is still publishing today.
The Quincy Daily Herald is included in the archive from August 1853-July 1854, then fairly consistently from 1858 through 1895. Some periods are missing, including 1864, 1873, March to December 1875, and June to December 1877.
The Quincy Daily Whig or Quincy Daily Whig and Republican is included beginning with an issue in 1835, then some in 1838, then more consistently from 1850 to 1909. The Quincy Daily Journal is included from September 1883 through September 1919 with a few missing issues.
Unfortunately many issues of these newspapers were lost, and never microfilmed, and others were in such poor condition that they are difficult to read, and may be inaccurately indexed.
Be sure to look in the archives for special events like the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the Mormons in Quincy as well as for information of personal interest to you.