You can use historical newspapers to find out how issues and events were reported during a specific time in history.
From Radical Left to Extreme Right: A Bibliography of Current Periodicals of Protest, Controversy, Advocacy, or Dissent. 3 vols. 2d ed. Robert H. Muller. Ann Arbor, Campus Publishers, 1970-1976. Available?
Censorship of the Alternative Press: A Descriptive Study of the Social and Political Control of Radical Periodicals (1964-1973). Ruth Marie Eshenaur. Thesis, Southern Illinois University, 1975. Available?
Other Newspapers at Rutgers
Many other newspapers are available at Rutgers on microfilm.
In general you would check for newspapers in the Rutgers Libraries in the same way that you would check for any other periodical--search the Catalog with the title as your search term, and "Journal Title" as your search type.
Not Available at Rutgers?
The Rutgers Libraries are members of the Center for Research Libraries, which has a large collection of newspapers on microfilm. Rutgers students and faculty may borrow microfilm reels via Interlibrary Loan.
The The New York Public Library has a large collection of newspapers, including a number of newspapers that are available online. (These would need to be used on-site).
Not Sure What the Local Newspapers Were?