Many early 20th century American newspapers published lyrics, stories, and music during the holiday season. This guide provides access to materials related to the "Christmas Carols” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
Chronicling America is a searchable digital collection of historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Included in the website is the Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, a searchable index to newspapers published in the United States since 1690, which helps researchers identify what titles exist for a specific place and time, and how to access them.
Enjoy reading stories of caroling throughout our country’s history! Find lyrics, music and heartwarming stories about Christmas carols. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
In the early 1900s there was a revival of Christmas caroling in the streets and singing of Christmas music in churches around the country. Caroling has remained a tradition.