Amateur newspapers are those published by non-professionals, often young people, with interests in printing, publishing and/or journalism.
Though they continue to appear to this day, the great period of their prominence was the last quarter century of the nineteenth century.
The Cary Collection at the Wallace Center of the Rochester Institute of Technology has a representative collection of amateur newspapers
with strengths for the period from the mid-l870s to the mid-1880s. The collection contains slightly over 1,300 issues representing something
over 500 titles. For many of the titles there is only an issue or two, but for a few there are as many as ten or more issues. Thirty five states and two Canadian provinces are represented in the collection.
Download the finding aid for more information and a listing of the newspapers.