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Newspapers and Clippings

Newspapers and Clippings
This collection includes clipping files, scrapbooks and microfilm of area newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News.

San Jose Mercury News

The San Jose Mercury News varied in titles over the years. It began as the Weekly Visitor, changed to the Daily Mercury, Times Mercury, San Jose Daily Mercury, San Jose Mercury Herald, then merged with the Evening News to become the San Jose Mercury, which in turn became the San Jose Mercury News.

For articles after 1985 in the San Jose Mercury News search the NewsBank database.

Microfilm collections

  • California Star (1847 - 1848)
  • Santa Clara Register (1853 - 1853)
  • San Jose Daily Mercury (1861 - 1899)
  • San Jose Weekly Mercury (1864 - 1881)
  • Daily Argus (1876 - 1877)
  • San Jose Daily Herald (1876 - 1900)
  • Daily Morning Times (1879 - 1884)
  • Daily City Item (1884 - 1885)
  • San Jose News Evening Edition (1887 - 1947)
  • San Jose Mercury Herald (1900 - 1985)
  • Morning Times (1906 - 1909)
  • San Jose News (1973 - 1983)

Clipping files


When looking for information on a particular subject prior to 1985, the San José Mercury News (1920-1979) clipping collection is available on microfiche in the California Room.


The California Room also holds a physical collection of clippings, updated through the late 2000s. Clipping files are searchable in the California Room Index.