The Daily Advocate (1829-2004)
An Archive of Americana Collection

Quick Facts

  • More than 150 years of American history
  • Primary source coverage of the Civil War, the Great Depression, New England industrialization and much more
  • Ideal for a broad range of users, including researchers, students and genealogists


Stamford, Connecticut's The Daily Advocate prided itself on unbiased reporting from the beginning. As an early mast-head proclaimed, it “Pledged to no party’s arbitrary way, we follow Truth wher’er she leads the way.” From the Civil War through World War II and beyond, the fully searchable, digitized archive of The Daily Advocate offers more than 150 years of unique reporting on local, regional, national and international news. Its commitment to getting the news out is reflected in an artifact still at the paper’s office in Stamford, Connecticut: a megaphone that a former publisher used to announce election results.

Exclusive coverage of 19th-century history
In its early years, The Daily Advocate published little local news, focusing instead on bringing national and international happenings to its New England readers. As the 19th century progressed, however, the Advocate became an important primary source for reporting on the issues and events shaping the United States. With frontline reporting from Civil War battlefields, firsthand coverage of New England’s political and cultural contributions, and astute analyses of the region’s industrialization, The Daily Advocate is an essential resource for anyone interested in American history.

A window into 20th-century New England
From the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire and advances in workers’ safety to immigration and the changing demographics of the Northeast, The Daily Advocate provides in-depth coverage of early 20th-century issues and events. Later in the century, the Advocate offers insight on events like the Great Depression, World War II-era manufacturing, the health of Long Island Sound, the civil rights movement and local figures like Harry Houdini and Jackie Robinson. Though the newspaper changed hands several times, its mission to be a watchdog for Connecticut issues and politics remained unchanged.

An American Newspaper Archive
One of the major titles in American Newspaper Archives, this digital edition enables users to easily search and browse The Daily Advocate.  Digital editions of dozens of other vital American newspapers, from every region of the United States, are also available individually.  Each is cross-searchable via an integrated interface that allows users to easily view, magnify, print and save digital page images.

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