Ohio Historical Newspapers – Ohio History Journals – Historic Ohio Newspapers Online

Free online journals, magazines and newspapers: Ohio Historical Newspapers, Journal of Historical Society of Ohio, Cincinnati Historical Society, The Ladies’ Repository, Magazine of Western History, Ohio newspaper digital collections, Northeast Ohio Journal of History, Northwest Ohio History

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Magazines and Journals

The American Pioneer; a monthly periodical, Vol 1

Volume 2

devoted to the objects of the Logan Historical Society; or, to collecting and publishing sketches relative to the early settlement and successive improvement of the country

Vols 1 & 2, Jan 1842 to Oct 1843
Cincinnati: J. S. Williams

The Logan Historical Society was established in several counties of southwestern Ohio. These two volumes appear to constitute the complete run of this early Ohio historical magazine. Although neither the volumes nor the individual monthly issues have tables of contents, each volume has a subject and name index at the back.

Annals of the Early Settlers Association of Cuyahoga County

Vols. 1-9, 1880-1921
Cleveland: Early Settlers Association of Cuyahoga County

Journal of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio

Vol 1, Parts 1 & 2, 1838-39
Cincinnati: Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio


Bulletin of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio

Vols. 1-21, 1943 to 1963
Cincinnati: Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio


Cincinnati Historical Society Bulletin

Vols. 22-40, 1964 to 1982
Cincinnati: Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio


The Fire Lands Pioneer

Original series Vol. 1-13, 1858-78; New Series Vol. 1-22, 1882-1921
Norwalk, OH: Firelands Historical Society


Cleveland Town Topics

A weekly review of Society, Art and Literature

Vol. 1-6, 1887-1890
Columbus: Ohio Magazine Pub. Co.


Books and articles on Ohio Economic History

The Ladies’ Repository: a monthly periodical, devoted to literature, arts, and religion

Volume 1 – Vol 36 (Jan 1841- Dec 1876)
Cincinnati: Methodist Episcopal Church


Books and articles on Local, City, and County History in Ohio

Northeast Ohio Journal of History

Vols. 1-8 (2002-2013)
Akron: University of Akron

“The Northeast Ohio Journal of History is a refereed, interdisciplinary periodical specializing in research pertaining to Northeast Ohio and the surrounding region.”

Books and articles on Politics & Government in historic Ohio

Northwest Ohio History

Vols. 76-81, 2008-13
Maumee, OH: Lucas County/Maumee Valley Historical Society

See the Chronological Index below.

Northwest Ohio Quarterly

Vols. 1-37, 1929-1965
Maumee, OH: Lucas County/Maumee Valley Historical Society

See the Chronological Index below.

Chronological Index to Northwest Ohio History, formerly Northwest Ohio Quarterly: January 1929 to Annual 2004

Maumee Valley Historical Society. 2008

The two journal titles indexed here can be found above.

Books and articles on Topics in the social history of Ohio

The Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly

Vols. 1-43, 1887-1934
Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society

The Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly was published under that name through Vol. 43. The name was then changed to the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Quarterly for Vols. 44-63, after which the name was again changed, to The Ohio Historical Quarterly. After Vol. 70 the name became Ohio History. All volumes (1-113) are available at the same web site, maintained by the Ohio Historical Society.

The Ohio Cultivator, a Semi-Monthly Journal, devoted to the Improvement of Agriculture & Horticulture …

and the Promotion of Domestic Industry, Illustrated with Engravings of Farm Buildings, Implements, Domestic Animals &C.

Various volumes 1849-1860
Columbus, Ohio: M. B. Bateham

Ohio History. The Scholarly Journal of the Ohio Historical Society

Vols. 1-113, 1887-2004
Columbus, OH: Ohio Historical Society

Please see the note atThe Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly, above.

The Ohio Magazine

Vol 1-4, 1906-1908
Columbus: Ohio Magazine Pub. Co.


Ohio Valley History

Vols 1-6, 2001-6
Cincinnati: Cincinnati Museum Center and The Filson Historical Society


The “Old Northwest” Genealogical Quarterly

Vols. 1-15, 1898-1912
Columbus, OH: “Old Northwest” Genealogical Society


The Quarterly Journal and Review

Vol. 1, 1846
Cincinnati: L. A. Hine


Papers of the Ohio Church History Society, Vols 1-7

Vols 8-12

Vol. 1-12, 1890-1901
Oberlin: Church History Society


The Quarterly Publication of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio

Vols. 1-18, 1906-23
Cincinnati, OH: University of Cincinnati Press


Queen City Heritage

Vols. 41-57, 1983-99
Cincinnati: Cincinnati Historical Society


Western Literary Journal and Monthly Review

Vol. 1, 1845
Cincinnati: Robinson & Jones


The Western Messenger

Vol. 1, 1835-6
Louisville, KY: T. H. Shreve


Western Pennsylvania History

Vols. 1-92, 1918-2009
Pittsburgh: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania

This was initially published as the Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine and in the 1990s as Pittsburgh History. Subjects covered in some articles are relevant for the entire Ohio River Valley or for other areas that extend beyond Western Pennsylvania.

Western Reserve Historical Society Publication, Vols 1-84, 92-104

Vols 85-91

No. 1-104, 1870-1922
Cleveland: Western Reserve and Northern Ohio Historical Society

In the 1870s the society was known as the Western Reserve and Northern Ohio Historical Society.

Western Review and Miscellaneous Magazine: A Monthly Publication devoted to Literature and Science

Volume 2   Volume 3     Volume 4    

Vol. 1-4, 1819-1821
Lexington, KY

The ‘tracts’ are papers published by the Western Reserve Historical Society from 1870 to 1877. Some of the titles from the volume with the first 36 are:

-Battle of Frenchtown, Michigan, January 1813 -First White Child in Ohio -Ancient Earth Works of the Cuyahoga Valley, with illustrations -First White Settlers in Ohio -War of 1812 -Archaeological Frauds -Col. Bradstreet’s Expedition, 1764 -Northwest Territory – Discovery and Ownership (by James A. Garfield) -Relics of the Mound Builders -Historical and Pioneer Societies in Ohio -Western Reserve – Origin of Title -Bison or Buffalo in Ohio


The Anti-slavery Bugle

New Lisbon, OH


The Centinel of the North-Western Territory

Nov 1793 – May 1796


Gallipolis Journal

July 4, 1850 forward
Gallipolis, OH.


Oberlin Evangelist

Nov 1838 – Dec, 1862
Oberlin, OH


The Ancestor Hunt – United States Online Historical Newspaper Links – Ohio

The Ancestor Hunt is a very large site with a page of newspaper links for each U.S. state. The Ohio page has numerous links to free historic newspapers and includes links to individual newspapers within major collections such as the Library of Congress American Memory, Ohio Historical Society’s African-American Experience in Ohio 1850-1920, and Ohio State Library’s Ohio Memory Project.

For more online collections of U.S. historical newspapers, see: Free Newspaper Archives



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