Suffolk County Libraries now provide early articles from four historical newspapers on Long Island. You can access digitized copies of the original newspapers from the The Long Islander (1839-1861); The Corrector (1858-1871); The South Side Signal (1869-1879); and The Long Island Traveler (1880-1892).
The process for putting all of this online is complicated. Microfilm of the original newspapers is digitized into an image film. Then each article is broken down and indexed. The goal is to digitize all 30 newspapers from Suffolk County since the 1700’s. Go to www.suffolk.lib.ny.us to access the files.