Barnstable Patriot Digital Archive

We’re excited to introduce our digital archive* of the Barnstable Patriot newspaper covering Cape Cod and the Islands from 1830 to 1930. This archive allows researchers to search and view issues of the newspaper online using keyword searching. The Barnstable Patriot is the oldest continuous, uninterrupted publication in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, and is the seventh oldest newspaper in the United States. During the first hundred years, the weekly issues covered world, national, regional, and local news, with a particular emphasis on Cape Cod history, maritime news and shipping, cultural events, as well as news of Cape Cod families and individuals. Births, deaths, marriages, baptisms, and obituaries were regularly published as well.


Please be aware that dial-up internet users may experience slow response time when using this archive.

Please contact us at (508) 362-6636 or at for assistance using this archive.

Print Newspaper Holdings

The Library also has complete holdings of the Barnstable Patriot and the Register on microfilm from 1830 to date, and the Patriot in print from 1890 to date. Researchers may come into the library and use the microfilm in person, or may contact library staff at (508) 362-6636 or for research assistance.

The Sturgis Library and Falmouth library both own microfilm copies of miscellaneous issues of Cape Cod and Boston newspapers, predominantly from Falmouth. They are held in the microfilm collections. Click here for a complete list of titles.

Other Cape Cod Newspaper Archives

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*The digital archive project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the state of Massachusetts. Additional funds were provided by the Lothropp Family Foundation and the Town of Barnstable Community Preservation Committee. The Library is indebted to Vincent Golden, Curator
of Newspapers and Periodicals at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester for his assistance with this project.