Chatham-Kent Public Library maintains an archive of its local newspapers. The collection is not complete but as comprehensive as possible. There are gaps where individual issues are missing. Please consult staff for availability of specific dates.

Microfilm and microfiche readers are available at the Blenheim, Chatham, Dresden, Ridgetown, Thamesville, Tilbury, and Wallaceburg branches.

Blenheim Newspapers
Bothwell Newspapers
Chatham Newspapers
Dresden Newspapers
Highgate Newspapers
Merlin Newspapers
Ridgetown Newspapers
Thamesville Newspapers
Tilbury Newspapers
Wallaceburg Newspapers
Wheatley Newspapers

Blenheim Branch

Blenheim newspapers

Blenheim News-Tribune
Weekly     August. 1898 tp present.

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Bothwell Branch

Bothwell newspapers

Newbury Journal / Florence Quarterly
Weekly     March 1879 – October 21, 1880

Bothwell Times
Weekly     March 1879 – 1984
Index covers 1881-1941

Spirit of Bothwell
Weekly     1985 - 2008.

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Chatham Branch

Chatham newspapers

Banner
Weekly  June 7, 1866; April 30, 1868; April 29, 1869; June 10-July 1, 1869; April 28, October 27, December 8, December 15, 1870; May 11, 1871; March 12-26, 1873; February 4, 1874; November 17, 1875; November 8, 1876; May 2, November 7, 1877; May 22, 1878; September 10-17, 1879; August 23, 1882; May 9, 1883; December 12, 1888; August 10, 1892 
Title varies: Chatham Banner; Chatham Weekly Banner; Weekly Banner

Banner-News
Weekly  April 4, 1901
Title varies: Banner; Chatham Banner; Chatham Banner-News; Chatham Weekly Banner; Weekly Banner News

Canadian Freeman
Weekly  September 28, 1849 – December 28, 1848
Title varies: Canadian Freeman and Kent General Advertiser

Chronicle
Weekly  July 17, 1849 – April 1850
Title varies: Chatham Chronicle

Daily News
Daily  July 2, 1895; February 26, 1896; 1897 – 1900; January 5, 1903 to present
Title varies: Evening Banner; Chatham Banner-News; Banner; Banner-News, Chatham Daily News
Absorbed Planet, January 1, 1923

Dominion
Weekly  March 27, 1902
Absorbed Plain dealer, 1923
Absorbed Monitor, Highgate, Ont.

Gleaner
Weekly  August 3, 1844 – February 20, 1849
Title varies: Chatham Gleaner; Chatham Gleaner of news, literature and general intelligence

Growler
Weekly  October 19, October 26, November 16, 1861
Title varies: Chatham Growler

Journal
Weekly  July 3, 1841 – July 27, 1844
Title varies: Chatham Weekly Journal; Chatham Journal; Chatham and County of Kent General Advertiser; Chatham Journal, and Western District General Advertiser; Weekly Journal

Kent Advertiser
Weekly  February 21, 1850 – April 10, 1851, December 29, 1854, May 18, 1855
Supersedes Gleaner

Market Guide
Weekly  December 5, 1896; July 28, 1900; November 23, 1901
Title varies: Chatham Market Guide

Planet
Daily  December 19, 1891 – December 29, 1922
United with (Chatham Daily) News, 1922

Provincial Freeman
Weekly  March 24, 1853; March 25, 1854 - September 20, 1857
Title varies: Provincial Freeman and Weekly Advertiser

Saturday Review
Weekly  April 20, June 15, 1872

Standard
Weekly  July 15, 1880; May 23, 1889
Absorbed by Plaindealer, 1901

Times
Weekly  May 4, 1882
Title varies: Bothwell Times; Bothwell Times, and the Newbury Journal

Tri-weekly Planet
Tri-weekly October 22, 1856 – December 16, 1891
Continues Western Planet

Valley Record
Weekly  April 5, 1883 
Continues Western Advocate

Weekly Planet
Weekly  October 23, 1856 – December 26, 1900
Continues Western Planet

Western Argus
Weekly  August 29, 1860; April 3, 1861

Western Planet
Weekly  June 13, 1853; October 24, 1853; January 23 – April 17, 1854; May 31, 1854 – October 20, 1856
Continued by Weekly Planet

Western Planet
Semi-weekly May 6, 1851 – April 27, 1852; June 13, 1853; October 24, 1853; 1854 - 1856
Continued by Weekly Planet

Western Sentinel
Weekly  November 12 – November 19, 1847
Title varies: Western Sentinel and County of Kent Guardian

Western Union
Semi-weekly December 5, 1863 

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Dresden Branch

Dresden newspapers

Dresden Times
Weekly  September 1888 – February 1956

Dresden News
Weekly  November 1939 – August 1947; September 1957 – December 1966

North-Kent Leader
Weekly  September 1965 - 1984

North-Kent Leader
Weekly  1985 – 2008

Leader Spirit
Weekly  2008 – August 2013 (ceased publication)

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Merlin Branch

Merlin newspapers

Standard
Weekly  1930 – September 30, 1971
Supersedes Merlin News and Merlin Mirror

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Ridgetown Branch

Ridgetown newspapers

Ridgetown Dominion
Weekly   1929-1996

Ridgetown Independent
Weekly  1997 to present
Index covers 1929-1945. Call number- Ref 929.371333 Rid

Highgate newspapers

Highgate Monitor
Weekly  1895-1904; 1931- 1952.
David Mills ‘Letterbooks’  1876-1878, vol. 1 and 2

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Thamesville Branch

Thamesville newspapers

Thamesville Herald
Weekly   1886 to present
Index, “Extracts from the Thamesville Herald” covers births, marriages and deaths 1886 – 1961.

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Tilbury Branch

Tilbury newspapers

Tilbury Times
Weekly  March 1898 to present
Index covers 1986 – 2012

Wheatley newspapers

Wheatley Journal
Weekly  Jan. 1932 to present

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Wallaceburg Branch

Wallaceburg newspapers

Courier Press
Weekly  1977 to present

Herald
Weekly  May 24, 1894 – November 24, 1898

Herald-Record
Weekly  1918
Absorbed by Wallaceburg News

News
Daily, Weekly, Semi-weekly  February 6, 1896 – November 17, 1969
Absorbed Herald-Record, 1918

Saturday Herald
Weekly  part of 1919

Valley Herald and Record
Weekly  December 1, 1898 – December 28, 1899
Continued by Herald-Record

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