For obituary requests, please use the Ask the Heritage Center web form.


The Heritage Center holds microfilms of all major newspapers published in the city of Fresno, and from some other localities in Fresno County and elsewhere in California. Most important among the microfilm holdings are:

  • Fresno Evening Expositor (1870-1898)
  • Fresno Morning Republican (1876-1932)
  • Fresno Evening Democrat (1902-1907)
  • Fresno Herald and Democrat (1907-1913)
  • Fresno Herald (1916-1924)

The Fresno Bee (1922-present) is available for use in the Info Services area on the library's ground floor.

Heritage Center microfilm holdings for other localities in Fresno County are:

  • Clovis Independent (1916-2006)
  • Firebaugh Mendota Journal (1964-present)
  • Fowler Courier (1894)
  • Fowler Ensign (1898-2008)
  • Kerman News (2001-present)
  • Orange Cove and Mountain Times (1983-1993)
  • Sanger Herald (1920-2007)
  • West Side Advance (Kerman) (2001-present)

There is a complete Heritage Center holdings list alphabetical by title and alphabetical by place of publication.

Newspaper microfilm held by the Fresno County Public Library system, but not present in the Heritage Center, include:

  • Kingsburg Recorder (1921-2006; missing 1933, 1941, 1946, 1950), at Kingsburg.
  • Reedley Ledger (1916), at Reedley.
  • Reedley Exponent (1892-present), at Reedley.
  • Selma Enterprise (1891-2006), at Selma.

These are available upon request.

Newspaper Databases

These Fresno County newspapers are searchable electronically using the library's subscription to NewsBank, available online to Fresno County Public Library card holders.

There are 169 California newspapers in the NewsBank database, including other San Joaquin Valley newspapers.

Note: This resource is most useful for feature article content; some items, such as obituary rosters and paid funeral notices, might not be available from this database.

Digitized Newspapers

There are digitized California newspapers in the California Digital Newspaper Collection at UC Riverside, and the Chronicling America at the Library of Congress. Fresno County newspapers are not included in these collections. However, some digitized Fresno Republican/Bee is available on these PAID sites: includes:

  • Fresno Weekly Republican (1886-1899)
  • The Fresno Republican (1876-1886)
  • The Fresno Bee The Republican (1932-1975)

GenealogyBank includes:

  • Fresno Morning Republican (10/01/1887 - 12/31/1899, 09/01/1905 - 10/29/1921)
  • Fresno Republican Weekly (09/23/1876 - 12/28/1899)
  • Fresno Bee (10/17/1922 - 06/30/1938)