December 13, 2017

Today in History: First U.S. Daily Newspaper


Today in History–September 21–the Library of Congress features the beginning of publication of the nation’s first daily newspaper, the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, on this day in 1784. Prior to 1784 the newspaper’s publisher, John Dunlap, had published a weekly newspaper. Dunlap’s shop had also printed the first broadside copies of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Continuing to serve the changing needs of the government, Dunlap and his partner David Claypoole printed the Constitution of the United States for use by the Constitutional Convention, and later published it for the first time in the Packet on September 19, 1787Find out more about early American newspapers by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access the Library’s digital newspaper collections and related resources.

Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Collections

Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures

The Stars & Stripes: American Soldiers’ Newspaper of World War I

Women Come to the Front: Women Journalists During World War II

Learning from the Source: Comparing Reports of the Battle of Little Bighorn

Learning from the Source: Crimea, Ukraine, Russia-Then & Now

Learning from the Source: Print Advertising Across the Centuries

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