Japan launched a surprise attack against the Russian-held Port Arthur in 1904 beginning the "Russo-Japanese War." This guide provides information for researching this topic 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.
Late in the night on February 8, 1904, Japan launched a surprise attack against the Russian-held Port Arthur, along the coast of Manchuria, beginning the Russo-Japanese War. Russia faced many defeats as it battled Japan while also fighting a revolution on the home front. In September 1905, President Teddy Roosevelt negotiates peace between the two countries, earning him the Nobel Peace Prize. 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.
February 8, 1904
Japan launches a surprise attack on the Russians.
August 1, 1904
The Siege of Port Arthur begins.
January 2, 1905
Port Arthur Surrenders.
January 22, 1905
The "1905 Revolution" breaks out in Russia.
May 27-28, 1905
The Battle of Tsushima.
September 5, 1905
The Treaty of Portsmouth signed.
May 5, 1910
Theodore Roosevelt formally accepts the Nobel Prize.