About the Newspaper Collection
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.
Searching the Collection
Search for newspapers using the Library Catalog.
- Search by city and title of newspaper (i.e. Granite Falls Tribune) or by the city and "newspapers" (i.e. Granite Falls newspapers)
- Limit your search to newspapers only in the MHS Catalog Options box by selecting "Newspapers" in the drop down listing.
- Once in catalog record for a newspaper title, get detailed listings of the microfilm rolls by clicking on the "Location/Available." For example see the Granite Falls Tribune record. Click on the "Location/Available" line above the title to see the microfilm listings.
Viewing the Collection
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.
- Microfilm of newspapers are available in the Hubbs Room of the Minnesota Historical Society Reference Library.
- Microfilm of newspapers are also available through Interlibrary Loan and for purchase. More information on purchasing microfilm can be found in the Copy Services Price List.
- Most of the print-format newspapers in the Minnesota Historical Society collections are relatively recent, dating from 2008 or after. There are very few older, historical newspapers available in their original print formats.
- The most recent newspapers--usually the past calendar year--are stored on-site at the History Center. These issues can be requested and viewed on the same day.
- Older print editions are stored in our off-site storage location. They can be retrieved upon request, but they cannot be viewed the same day they are requested. For more information, please see our Off-Site Collections page.
On-Site Subscription Access
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.
Free Digital Access
A freely accessible website that hosts historic newspapers (1860-1922) from across the United States for noncommercial, educational, and research purposes. From 2007 to 2014, the Minnesota Historical Society contributed digitized Minnesota newspaper pages to Chronicling America as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). There are currently 38 historic Minnesota newspaper titles published between 1858 and 1922 available with keyword search capabilities.
Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub
The Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub is a searchable website from the Minnesota Historical Society that makes hundreds of thousands of pages of Minnesota newspapers available online. The Hub contains geographically and culturally diverse newspapers published between 1856 and today. Due to copyright law, newspapers published after 1922 can only be accessed from the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center.
Winona Newspaper Project
An online archive of late 19th century and early 20th century Winona newspapers.
Minneapolis Labor Review (1907-2006)
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
Minnesota Daily (1900-2012)
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.
Indexes and Finding Aids for Newspapers
Combined, printed indexes for the following newspapers (here referred to by commonly known titles) are available in the Hubbs Room of the Minnesota Historical Society Reference Library.
Please note there is not a master index to newspaper articles, obituaries or advertisements.