Treasure Trove of Historic Minnesota Newspapers Now Available Online

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Release dated: 
September 30, 2013
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Amy Danielson, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3020, amy.danielson@mnhs.org

Treasure Trove of Historic Minnesota Newspapers Now Available Online

New, Searchable Website Offers Unprecedented Access to Diverse Collection of Papers

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to introduce the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub, a new, searchable website, www.mnhs.org/newspapers, that makes hundreds of thousands of pages of Minnesota newspapers available online in one central resource.

The Hub offers geographically and culturally diverse newspapers including African American, American Indian, agriculture, business and labor papers. Users will find newspapers from dozens of communities across the state.

"Newspapers are a popular resource for educators, students, researchers, genealogists and the general public, so the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub is a great tool because it gives people quick, convenient access to a wealth of information," said Jennifer Jones, director of the Minnesota Historical Society’s Library and Collections.

How the Hub Works

Users can browse newspapers by title, sort a list of titles by county, city and date or use a map. Users can also search by keyword within the text of a newspaper. The Hub contains Minnesota papers published between 1856 and today. Due to copyright law, access to newspapers published after 1922 is restricted to the Gale Family Library reading room at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

More About the Hub

The Minnesota Newspaper Digital Hub was created by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) in collaboration with the Minnesota Newspaper Association. MHS holds the largest collection of Minnesota newspapers and has been collecting them since 1849.

MHS began digitizing its historic newspapers in 2007 through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Minnesota newspapers digitized through the NDNP are available on the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website and are now available in the Hub.

The SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) regional library system has used funds from the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to digitize almost 180,000 pages from newspapers in Southeastern Minnesota counties.These pages have been added to the Hub, making this content available online for the first time.

"SELCO is very pleased to contribute to the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub and we have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. It is exciting to share the wealth of information in newspapers from Southeastern Minnesota in a much more accessible way, said Michael Scott, SELCO Assistant Director.

More Digital Newspaper Content to Come

Hundreds of thousands of newspaper pages will continue to be added to the Hub every year. In addition to the Hub, the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) is developing a new website featuring Swedish American newspapers from 1855-1940. The site, funded by a $764,000 grant from the Marcus and Marianne Wallenberg Foundation, will make nearly 300,000 pages available online and will launch in late 2015. MHS is collaborating on this project with the National Library of Sweden, the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis and the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

The Minnesota Newspaper Hub is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008. Additional funding has been provided by SELCO and donors.

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About the Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.