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The Minnesota Historical Society holds the largest single collection of Minnesota newspapers with dates ranging from 1849 to the present day. The collection includes daily and weekly Minnesota newspapers, as well as non-English-language, labor, ethnic, reservation, legal, prison, religious, political, school, and other special-interest papers. Most titles have deep coverage, though the completeness of an individual newspaper file varies with the city and the time period. Past issues of newspaper titles held by the Minnesota Historical Society are available on microfilm. Access to select newspapers is now possible through digitized newspapers available online.
Search for newspapers using the Library Catalog.
The majority of the newspaper collection can be viewed on microfilm. However, the Minnesota Historical Society ceased microfilming new editions in 2010. This means that more recent newspapers are available in print format. In addition, some newspapers have been digitized and are available online with searchable interfaces. While some newspapers have free access on the Internet, others are available only through subscription databases.
Some digitized newspapers are only available through paid, subscription databases. The following databases are not accessible by the general public, but they can be accessed from Minnesota Historical Society Library computers using the links below.
A freely accessible website that hosts historic newspapers (1860-1922) from across the United States for noncommercial, educational, and research purposes. The Minnesota Historical Society's Minnesota Digital Newspaper Project is providing Minnesota newspaper titles for Chronicling America as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
Individual newspaper titles can be browsed by date using the links below or they can be searched from the Chronicling America search page. The following Minnesota titles are currently available on Chronicling America:
An online archive of late 19th century and early 20th century Winona newspapers.
The Labor Review Archive is available free to the public via the Internet. The online archive was created and is hosted by the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation
The PDF archive for the Minnesota Daily--the newspaper of the University of Minnesota--is available free to the public. Editions are organized by year and then can be browsed by date.
Please note there is not a master index to newspaper articles, obituaries or advertisements.