Washington Evening Star online 1852-1981 through DC Public Library

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Note that the Library now has access to the complete run of the Star online from 1852 to 1981.

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Washington Evening Star, 1852 - 1981

Search and browse "scanned" copies of every page of every issue of the Star, long considered the "hometown paper of record" for the Nation’sCapital.  This valuable archive offers significant new research opportunities from the Antebellum Period to World War I to the start ofthe Korean War.


One of the most influential newspapers in U.S. history For more than a century historians have regarded The Evening Star as the newspaper of record for the nation's capital. Published under such titles as the Daily Evening Star, Washington Star-News and the Washington Evening Star, this long-running daily afternoon paper was one of the highest profile publications in the nation. Curators from leading newspaper repositories cite the Star as one of their most heavily researched papers.

An ideological counterpoint to more liberal views From its earliest years, the Star was a conservative powerhouse, not afraid to buck Washington’s prevailing political winds. Prior to the Civil War, as abolitionists decried slavery in their own publications, the Star endorsed it. During the War itself, the Star’s excellent reporting increased its popularity; even today Civil War historians frequently cite Star articles at length. By the mid-20th century—a period marked by McCarthyism, landmark Civil Rights legislation, and the beginning of the space race—the Star reached its zenith in local circulation and national influence. Between 1944 and 1981, Star writers, reporters and cartoonists accumulated ten Pulitzer Prizes.

A wealth of unique insight into American life and times This long-awaited digital edition provides a searchable facsimile of every page of every issue of the Star from its founding on December 16, 1852 to the day it ceased publishing on August 7, 1981. Chronicling nearly 130 years of American history, this valuable archive offers significant new research opportunities from the Antebellum Period to World War I to the Post-Vietnam Era.

Students and scholars will have easy access to fresh perspectives on such topics as the Dred Scott decision, Lincoln assassination, founding of the National Woman Suffrage Association, establishment of the Civil Service, absorption of Georgetown into Washington, Supreme Court ruling of “separate but equal,” entry of American women into public life, Wall Street Crash of 1929, Works Progress Administration, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Truman Doctrine, Cuban Missile Crisis, Watergate Scandal, Iran hostage crisis and more.



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District of Columbia        Evening star.

Washington, D.C., 1854-1972        15836 issues

start 1854-10-09 and end 1908-01-09

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