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Newspapers: Ontario English-Language 19th century: Toronto - Windsor

The microfilm collection

All film sets are located on the 1st floor (basement) of the Dana Porter Library.

Drawers of microfilm, one opened

Collection's Scope

Ontario, English language community newspapers. Dates span most of the 19th century but some run as late as the 1970s.

Holdings

Use the tabs above or the Search box above to locate a community. The newspapers and their coverage are listed under that community.  Make note of the newspaper's microfilm "MIC S" call number.

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The film sets are located on the 1st floor (basement) of the Dana Porter Library. They are filed by their "MIC S" call number.

Staff can help you locate the film and use the micro reader-scanners.

Digital Versions

Some of these newspapers have been digitized by OurDigitalWorld as part of Our Ontario.

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Toronto - Windsor

TORONTO (formerly York)

For an overview of early Toronto (York) newspapers including names of publishers, see Edith G. Firth's Early Toronto Newspapers, 1793-1867: A Catalogue of Newspapers Published in the Town of York and the City of Toronto from the Beginning to Confederation. Toronto: Baxter Pub. Co. in co-operation with the Toronto Public Library, 1961.
Call number Z6954.C21E27x 1961 (Porter's main floor).

British Colonist. 1838-1861//

Library has: Feb. 1, 1838 - Jan. 10, 1854.
MIC SC61

Canadian Correspondent. 1832-1837//

Library has: Jan. 5, 1833 - Aug. 2, 1837.
MIC SC50

Merged with Colonial Advocate to become Correspondent and Advocate. From 1832 to November 1, 1834 this paper was called the Canadian Correspondent, then on November 13, 1834 it merged with Colonial Advocate to become Correspondent and Advocate.

Canadian Freeman. 1825-1834//

Library has:: Dec. 1, 1825 - July 24, 1834//
MIC SC28

Christian Guardian. 1829 -1925//

Library has: 1829 - June 10, 1925.
MIC SC64

This newspaper united with Presbyterian Witness and Canadian Congregationalist to form New Outlook.

Colonial Advocate. 1824-1834//

Library has: May 18, 1824 - Oct. 30, 1834.
MIC SC47

This was published in Queenston from May to October, 1824, then from November 1824 to1834 as Colonial Advocate. It united with Canadian Correspondent to form Correspondent and Advocate on Nov. 14, 1834.

Constitution. 1836-1837//

Library has:: July 4, 1836 - Dec. 6, 1837.
MIC SC51

Published by William Lyon Mackenzie.

Correspondent and Advocate. 1832-1837//

Library has: Jan. 5, 1833 - Aug. 2, 1837.
MIC SC50

From 1832 to November 1, 1834 this paper was called the Canadian Correspondent, then on November 13, 1834 it merged with Colonial Advocate to become Correspondent and Advocate.

Daily Telegraph. 1866 - 1872//

Library has: May, 1866 - June 1872.
MIC SC822

Scattered issues missing.

Echo of Niagara. See Niagara section.

MIC SC 62 No. 2

Empire. 1887- 1895//

Library has: v. 1-8, no. 1-2215; Dec. 27, 1887-Feb. 6, 1895.
MIC SC397 Examiner. 1838 - 1855//

Library has: Jan. 1, 1840-Aug. 29, 1855.
MIC SC815

Merged with the Globe in 1855.

Financial Post; Canada's national weekly of business investment and public affairs. 1907 -

Library has: 1907 - .
MIC S1

Globe. 1844-1936//

Library has:
May 2, 1844 - Dec. 29, 1846; Jan. 1, 1856 - Dec. 31, 1895; Dec. 30, 1929 - Nov. 21, 1936//
MIC SC5

The Examiner merged with Globe in 1855. The Globe was superseded by Globe and Mail , November, 1936.

Globe and Mail. 1936- .

Library has: 1936 to date.
MIC S19

The Globe and Mail superseded the Globe and absorbed the Mail and Empire in 1936.

Independent. 1849 - 1850//

Library has: Oct. 25, 1849 - Apr. 17, 1850.
MIC SC655

Irish Canadian. 1863 - 1901//

Library has: Jan. 7, 1863 - Dec. 29, 1892.
MIC SC786

Scattered issues missing.

Mackenzie's Weekly Message. 1852-1860//

Library has:
Dec. 25 percursory issue; Jan. 27, 1852 - Sept. 15, 1860.
MIC SC52

Morning Star and Toronto Transcript. 1840 - 1846//

Library has: 1841-1843.
MIC SC373

Scattered issues missing. In 1843 it was called the Toronto Star, Transcript, and General Advertiser, in January 1844, its name became the Toronto Star.

Nation. 1874 - 1876//

Library has: Apr. 2, 1874 - Sept. 29, 1876
MIC SC658

Scattered issues are missing. Also known as Toronto Nation.

North American. 1850-1855//

Library has: May 21, 1850 - Mar. 28, 1854.
MIC SC44

In 1857, The North American amalgamated with the Globe. See also the Weekly North American.

Patriot and Farmer's Monitor. 1828-1878//

Library has: Jan. 3, 1832 - Dec. 31, 1844.
MIC SC65

At various times this paper was called the Daily Patriot , Toronto Daily Patriot and Express, and the Toronto Patriot.

Provincial Freeman. 1853 - 1857//

Now digitized thanks to OurOntario.ca

Library has: Mar. 1854 - Feb. 17, 1857.
MIC SC516

Scattered issues missing. Founded in Windsor in 1853 by Mary Ann Shadd, moved to Toronto in 1854, then to Chatham in 1855. In 1855 its name changed to Provincial Freeman and Weekly Advertiser.

Saturday Night. 1887- .

Library has: 1887-1957.
MIC S63

Library has: 1944 - in hard copy.
Per AP5.S37, 3rd floor.

Toronto Daily Mail. 1872-1895//

Library has: 1872-1895.
MIC SC771

Toronto Daily Star. 1892-

Library has: 1920-1971.
MIC S67

Became the Toronto Star in 1971.

Toronto World. 1880-1921//

Library has: 1880-1921.
MIC SC796

Also called Toronto Daily World.

Upper Canada Gazette or American Oracle. 1793-1849//

Library has: April 18, 1793 - Mar. 9, 1848.
MIC SC48

From 1793 to 1841 this publication was issued under government auspices. It was published in Newark, now Niagara-on-the-Lake, from 1793 to October 20, 1793, then published in York (now Toronto) as the York Gazette from April 22, 1807 to December, 1816. It suspended publication from 1813-1814. From 1821 to 1826, it was published in 2 parts: the official part, the Upper Canada Gazette and the second - a news section called York Weekly Post from 1821 to 1822, then the Weekly Register from 1822 to 26, and the United Empire Loyalist from 1826 to 1828.

Weekly North American. 1850?-1855//

Library has: Sept. 11, 1850 - Feb. 14, 1855.
MIC SC45

In 1857 this paper amalgamated with the Globe.


WINDSOR

Canadian Emigrant and Western District Advertiser. 1831 - 1836//

Library has: Dec. 1, 1831 - Sept. 20, 1836.
MIC SC772

This newspaper was published in Sandwich, now part of Windsor. Title varies.

Voice of the Fugitive. 1851-1853// (?)

Now digitized thanks to OurOntario.ca

Library has: Jan. 1, 1851 - Dec. 16, 1852.
MIC SC230

This newspaper was published in Sandwich, now part of Windsor.

Windsor Herald. 1855 - 1960//?

Library has: Jan. 6, 1855 - Dec. 26, 1856.
MIC SC816

Also called: The Herald.