Minnesota Historical Newspapers

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. They currently have scanned 144 different newspapers titles from across Minnesota.

Chronicling America

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 Small Town Newspapers

Small Town Papers gives you free access to the people, places and events recorded in real time over the decades or even centuries! Browse and search the scanned newspaper archive from 1846 up to the current edition! There are 21 Minnesota small town newspapers available.

Old Fulton Postcards

There are many helpful search features available on this website. However, most of the features are not intuitive. To search the site effectively it is absolutely essential that users take the time to read the FAQ page. There you can learn the difference between a natural language search and a boolean search. Learn how to use quotation marks, wildcards, and connectors. You can also learn about synonym and phonic searching, stemming, and numerical searches. Taking the time to educate yourself on how to use all of the search features will greatly enhance your search experience.

Miscellaneous Websites

Brainerd Minnesota Historical Newspapers

Brainerd Minnesota town website has placed the following digital images of their newspaper online for free:

Internet Archive

  • Valley Herald 1862 – 1884 (Chaska, Minnesota)
    The Valley Herald is newspaper from Chaska, Minnesota published weekly from 1862 to 1972. From 1872 to 1969 it published under the title: The Weekly Valley Herald. Digitization made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Haith Trust Digital Library

  • The Nonpartisan leader 1918-1923
    Sometimes called North Dakota Edition or National Edition. Publication moved to St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 7, 1918 and Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 9, 1920. Available on microfilm from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922)

Free online access to the Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922) is now available through a new platform provided by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with Minnesota State Library Services. Funding for digitization and access to the newspapers was provided by the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

St Cloud Times Index

  • Search Obituaries
    The obituaries index currently contains data from 01/02/1928 through 12/31/2015
  • Search News
    The news index currently contains data from 01/03/1928 through 12/31/2008.

St. Paul Union Advocate Digital Archives

Winona Newspaper Project

The Darrell W. Krueger Library at Winona State University provides public access to an online archive of four Winona city newspapers spanning from 1855 through 1976.


This is a subscription website that provides access to 40 newspapers from Minnesota. Find historical newspapers from across the United States and beyond. Explore newspaper articles and clippings for help with genealogy, history and other research.


This is a subscription website that provides access to 9 newspapers from Minnesota.

Indexes and Finding Aids for Minnesota 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.




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