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Joseph Pulitzer: Topics in Chronicling America

Joseph Pulitzer, a powerful newspaper journalist, editor and publisher, was once known as "King of the Press." This guide provides access to materials related to “Joseph Pulitzer” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Photograph of Joseph Pulitzer. October 30,1911. The Evening World (New York, NY), Image 1. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Overcoming poverty, Joseph Pulitzer single handedly transforms the newspaper industry and becomes one of the wealthiest men in America. But controversy and conflict follow him to his deathbed--including everything from press wars to accusations of libel from President Roosevelt. 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.


1883-1895 Pulitzer takes over a subpar New York World and transforms it into a premier newspaper.
1908-1910 Roosevelt accuses Pulitzer of reporting supposedly false information on Panama Canal corruption.
1910 The Supreme Court quashes Roosevelt’s libel accusations.
October 29, 1911 Pulitzer dies at the age of 64 and donates a huge sum of money to the Columbia journalism program.