The Free Library‘s Newspapers and Microfilm Center has an extensive collection of old Philadelphia newspapers, which can be requested by title or by date. There is an alphabetical title list of newspaper holdings with date ranges, and another listing of newspaper holdings by decade of publication. For example, to find a death notice from 1865, use the listing by decades to find Free Library newspaper holdings for that year.
The following newspaper INDEXES are available in the Newspapers and Microfilm Center:
New York Times. All annual indexes. Personal Name Index, 1851 - 1993. Also online in the National Newspaper Index, an Infotrac database available as a Free Library electronic resource.
Public Ledger (Phila.), 1836 - 1875, marriage and death notice index.
Public Ledger (Phila.), 1852 - 1870, indexes to local affairs, wants, and personal columns.
Public Ledger (Phila.), 1914 - 1939, subject and personal name index. No death notice index. Index overlaps with and is combined with the Evening Public Ledger index, below.
Evening Public Ledger (Phila.), 1919 - 1924, 1926 - 1942, subject and personal name index. No death notice index. Index overlaps with and is combined with the Public Ledger index, above.
Philadelphia Inquirer, 1860 - 1879, death notice index.
Philadelphia Inquirer, 1979 - 1980, state/regional news index. No death notices.
Philadelphia Inquirer, 1981 - present. On the Internet at www.philly.com. No death notice index.
Philadelphia Daily News, 1978 - present. On the Internet at www.philly.com. No death notice index.
Poulson's American Daily Advertiser (Phila.), 1791- 1839, death notice and marriage index.
Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728 - 1791, obituary notices (from Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, v. 10, 1886, pp. 334-349).
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, Feb 1896 - Jan 1903, personal name and subject indexes. (no death notice index, but see the "necrology").
Philadelphia Press Index, 1898 - 1912 (missing Aug, Sep, Dec 1901), personal name and subject indexes. Available as a print index and also as a Free Library electronic resource. No death notice index.
Philadelphia Tribune, 4 Jun 1975 - 30 Nov 1980, 1 Jan 1985 - 14 Jul 1992, personal name and subject indexes. No death notice index.
Philadelphia Tribune, 1994 - present. Online as part of Ethnic Newswatch, a ProQuest database available as an electronic resource on the Free Library web site. No death notice index.
The following newspaper INDEXES are available at the Social Science and History Department:
Runaway Servants, Convicts, and Apprentices Advertised in the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1796. 929.3748 G92r. ROOM REF
Abstracts (Mainly Deaths) from The Pennsylvania Gazette, 1775-1783. 929.3748 Ab89m. ROOM REF
Philadelphia Marriages & Obituaries (1857 - 1860), Philadelphia Saturday Bulletin. 929.3 P386p. ROOM REF
Genealogical Data from The Pennsylvania Chronicle, 1767 - 1774. 929.373 Sco84g. ROOM REF
Genealogical Abstracts from The American Weekly Mercury, 1719 - 1746. 929.1 Sco85g. ROOM REF
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania and Adjacent Territory From Advertisements in German Newspapers Published in Philadelphia and Germantown, 1743 - 1800. 929.3089 H659g. ROOM REF
New York Times Obituaries Index, 1858 - 1978. 016.92 N489y.
A Checklist of Pennsylvania Newspapers, v. 1, Philadelphia County. Shelved with 016.9748 P3843b in the Social Science and History Department reference section. ROOM REF
Newspapers in Philadelphia Area Libraries. 016.071748 N478i. STX
Pennsylvania Newspapers: a Bibliography and Union List. 016.07 P385n. STX
"The Pennsylvania Newspaper Project," in the Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, v. 34, no. 3, 1990, pp. 192-202. Lists Pennsylvania newspapers microfilmed by the project. A929 G28.
Pennsylvania Newspapers and Selected Out-of-State Newspapers. States P38-5256. GPD
History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820, 2 v. with suppl. 070 B76. NEWS
Chronological Tables of American Newspapers, 1690-1820. 016.07 L347c. STX
Ask in the Newspapers and Microfilm Center and the Literature Department about union lists of current and old U.S. newspapers and their locations.