The State Journal-Register (1848-1985)
An Archive of Americana Collection

Quick Facts

  • More than 130 years of Illinois and Midwestern history
  • In-depth coverage of Abraham Lincoln, Frank Lloyd Wright, 4th Cavalry, the 1908 Race Riots and much more
  • Ideal for a broad range of users, including researchers, students and genealogists


The oldest newspaper in Illinois, The State Journal-Register was originally published by Edward L. Baker, an avid supporter of Abraham Lincoln in his early years. With extensive coverage of Lincoln and other Springfield politics, The State Journal- Register offers unparalleled insight into the state capital’s rise from frontier outpost to a center of commerce. Additionally, The State Journal-Register provides a unique perspective on Springfield’s role in state and national history—including the Civil War, immigration, civil rights and more.

In-depth Civil War coverage
The State Journal-Register began covering Abraham Lincoln when he was still a young congressman and lawyer. Through his impassioned debates against Stephen Douglas, his political rise to the presidency, the Gettysburg address and his assassination, the digital archive of The State Journal-Register offers one of the nation’s best primary source records of Abraham Lincoln, with nearly 17,000 individual results. It also provides vibrant coverage of the Civil War, from its battles and generals to local political sentiment and opposition to the war.

Illinois in the 20th century
An essential tool for anyone researching Illinois history, The State Journal-Register offers a glimpse into life in the bustling state capital throughout the 20th century. From the 1908 race riots to the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright to the effects of the Depression, The State Journal-Register captures the politics, issues and events that defined the region through a combination of photographs, advertisements, news reports and editorials.

An American Newspaper Archive
One of the major titles in American Newspaper Archives, this digital edition enables users to easily search and browse The State Journal-Register. 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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