Chatham Monitor & The Cape Cod Chronicle Historical Collection



The Eldredge Public Library's entire collection of historic Chatham newspapers has now been digitized and is available online as well as inside the Library. These digital pages have been indexed in order to be searchable, and are online in a Digital Newspaper Collection. The digital newspaper collection contains page images of the local Chatham newspapers from 1871-1899, 1918-1939, 1941 - 1943, and from 1965 to 2010.

The digitization of these newspapers with subsequent keyword search capability, as well as more advanced search capabilities, has made this historic source of Chatham and Cape Cod history more useful to researchers as well as the general public alike. The Digital Newspaper Collection is available online, as well as on computers within the Library.


The Collection :
Chatham Monitor (Oct 25, 1871 - Dec 26, 1899, April 16, 1918 - Dec 28, 1939, Jan 2, 1941 - April 14, 1943)
The Chatham Shopper News (Dec 15, 1965 - Jan 17, 1968)
The Chatham News (Jan 31, 1968 - Apr 16, 1969)
Lower Cape Cod Chronicle  (May 1, 1969 - Jan 31, 1974)
Cape Cod Chronicle (Feb 7, 1974 - June 26, 2008)
(There are various issues missing throughout the entire digital collection. Click here to view a list of missing issues/pages.)

*Please note that due to copyright issues related to the online version of the Cape Cod Chronicle, we are restricted from displaying newspaper page images beginning January 18, 2001 to the present.  Users may search for information on every page in the collection, including those pages with display restrictions, but if the search produces results after 2001, the page image will not be displayed online.  To view and/or print those particular page images, you can either contact the Reference Librarian by e-mail or phone (508-945-5170) or visit us here at the library.  The entire collection is still available on microfilm.

Now, you can access information about events, family members, and people in the news by accessing the Digital Newspaper Collection.

Please note: To be able to view these newspaper page images, you need Adobe 8 or later installed on your computer. You can click here to download and install the free Adobe Reader 9 on your computer.

Access the Digital Newspaper Collection of Chatham newspapers by clicking here.

For research assistance please contact the library reference staff at 508-945-5170 or send an email to the Reference Librarian.

Funding for this important project was provided by:
  • The Town of Chatham Community Preservation Fund.
  • The Chatham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State of Massachusetts.
Microsearch Corporation of Saugus, MA is our technology partner and has provided the digitization, search and hosting services necessary to turn our microfilm collection into searchable and retrievable newspaper page images, for both online search and retrieval from this web site, as well as on computers inside the Library.  Microsearch specializes in online document search, and provides this service to other Massachusetts Libraries.
The technology Microsearch Corporation has used to create the search and retrieval capabilities is new.  We believe we may be the first library in the country which has the ability to search across all newspaper images and retrieve the page with the search term highlighted within a fully functioning Adobe PDF page.  Adobe was chosen because it provides the newspaper page images with a superior replication of the look and feel of the original paper.