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Local Newspapers

Sims Library has microfilm copies of the following Louisiana newspapers. Many of the titles had short runs and name changes. Please check the Library Catalog for exact name changes and dates of issues held by Sims Library:

New Orleans: Item, States-Item, Daily States, Times Picayune, States Item Daily, Daily Picayune, New Orleans Times Picayune
microfilms 2 and 1187
Baton Rouge: Advocate, Sunday Advocate, Morning Advocate, Baton Rouge Advocate, Times, Daily Advocate, Daily Louisiana Capitolian, New Advocate, Tri Weekly Advocate, State Times Advocate, Daily State, Daily State Times
microfilm 371
Hammond: Star, Daily Star, Hammond Daily Courier, Tangipahoa Parish Daily Courier, Daily Progress, Hammond Daily Herald, Hammond Herald, American Progress, Progress, Daily Progress, Louisiana Progress, Hammond Vindicator
microfilms 3, 4, 153, 170 and 358
Covington: St. Tammany Farmer

microfilm 548
Note: this paper has been digitized through 1922, and is available through the Chronicaling America project from the Library of Congress,

Ponchatoula: Enterprise
microfilm 558
Amite: Tangipahoa Parish News, Amite-Tangi Digest, News Digest, Tangi Talk, Amite City Advocate, Amite City Gazette, Amite City Independent, Amite City Democrat, Independent, Tangipahoa Democrat, Tangipahoa Advocate, Amite City Times, The True Democrat, The Amite Times, Weekly Star and Journal, Amite City Sun
microfilm 262
Kentwood: Kentwood Commercial
microfilm 1035
Southeastern: Lion's Roar
microfilm 797

Some local newspapers have been digitized, and are available online.

The Times Picayune  is available digitally for the years 1837-1922 in the America's Historical Newspapers database and 1989 - current issue in the America's News database through Sims Library.

The Hammond Star is available digitally for the years 1960-1977 in the subscription from St. Tammany Parish Library online databases.

The St. Tammany News is available digitally for the years 1996-2013 in the Newsbank subscription from St. Tammany Parish Library online databases.

The St. Tammany Farmer available digitally for the years 1874-1922 in the Library of Congress Chronicling America collection.

The Baton Rouge Advocate is available digitally for the years 1986-current in the  America's News database through Sims Library.