The East Baton Rouge Parish library has a complete digital microfilm archive for:
The Advocate 1925-07-19 to 1985-12-31
Daily Advocate 1854-01-02 to 1906-10-31
Daily State 1906-08-01 to 1910-07-16
State Times Advocate 1909-01-01 to 1992 (currently adding issues)
Weekly Advocate 1845-12-24 to 1903-10-31
Times-Picayune 1837-01-25 to 1988-12-31
It's complete with digital images, indexed, of all issues. Go to http://www.ebrpl.com/digitallibrary/
choose a-z list & choose either Advocate or Times Picayune Historical Archive. Indexing is poor, but issues are complete.
Complete indexed issues after 1986 (Advocate) and 1989 (Times Pic) are also available there under NEWSBANK, same site, but text only, no pics.
Even if you are NOT a resident of EBR parish you can still get a card for the EBR Parish library and use this database *IF* you live in the following LA parishes:
Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Livingston, Point Coupee, St Helena, St Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana
so it's not just for EBR residents. See http://www.ebrpl.com/LibraryServices/CardsandBorrowing.html
or call 225-231-3740 for details. Basically you need a permission slip from your home parish public library and your photo id to get a EBR Library card.