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Minnesota Digital Newspaper Project


In 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2015, the Minnesota Historical Society received two-year grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), contributing digitized newspapers from the Minnesota Historical Society collection. This program is a partnership between the NEH and the Library of Congress to build a national digital resource of newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. The material is full-text searchable and accessible through Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, a website developed and hosted by the Library of Congress.

Now Available on Chronicling America

The following Minnesota titles are available on Chronicling America.




Grand Marais

Little Falls


New Ulm


Red Lake

Red Wing

St. Cloud

St. Paul




White Earth



To search newspaper content go to Search Newspaper Pages - Chronicling America.

2007-2009 NDNP Grant

During the 2007-2009 cycle, the Society followed criteria set by the Library of Congress to digitize and submit 100,000 pages of Minnesota newspapers published between 1880 and 1910 to the Chronicling America website. The following titles were selected by the Society and its Advisory Board:

  • The Saint Paul Globe (including earlier titles: Daily Globe and St. Paul Daily Globe) - 1880-1905
  • The Minneapolis Journal - 1901-1903

2009-2011 NDNP Grant

In 2009, the Society was awarded another two-year grant from the NEH to continue its participation in the NDNP. For the 2009-2011 cycle, the date span for digitization expands to 1860-1922. Minnesota newspaper titles selected for this phase include:

Ojibwe Newspapers:

  • The Progress (White Earth)
  • The Tomahawk (White Earth)
  • Red Lake News (Red Lake)

African American Newspaper from St. Paul:

  • Western Appeal
  • The Appeal

City Newspapers:

  • The Bemidji Pioneer, Daily Pioneer, and The Bemidji Daily Pioneer
  • The New Ulm Weekly Review and The New Ulm Review
  • The Princeton Union
  • The Warren Sheaf
  • Daily Globe, 1878-1879 *completes published run of the Globe newspaper
  • The Minneapolis Journal, 1904-1906

2011-2013 NDNP Grant

For the 2011-13 grant cycle, the Society focused on digitizing weekly newspapers from geographically diverse regions of Minnesota. The titles selected for this phase include:

  • St. Cloud Visiter [sic]
  • St. Cloud Democrat
  • St. Cloud Journal
  • Red Wing Sentinel
  • Goodhue Volunteer (Red Wing)
  • Grange Advance (Red Wing)
  • Willmar Tribune
  • Western Advance (Worthington)
  • The Worthington Advance
  • The Worthington Daily Advance
  • Labor World (Duluth)
  • Cook County Herald and Cook County News-Herald (Grand Marais)
  • The Virginia Enterprise
  • Little Falls Transcript and Little Falls Weekly Transcript
  • Little Falls Herald
  • The Northern Pacific Farmer (Wadena)
  • Mower County Transcript (Austin)
  • Minnesota Staats-Zeitung (St. Paul)
  • Der Nordstern (St. Cloud)
  • Der Fortschritt (New Ulm)

2015-2017 NDNP Grant

For our current 2015-2017 grant cycle, the Society has focused on digitizing ethnic and non-English language newspapers from Minnesota’s immigrant communities. The titles selected for this phase include:


  • Minnesotske´ noviny (St. Paul, Minn.) , 1904-1914


  • Dakota tawaxitku kin, or The Dakota friend (St. Paul, Minn.), 1850-1852


  • St. Paul tidende (St. Paul, Minn.), 1903-1922


  • The Northwestern standard (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1885-1886
  • The Irish standard (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1886-1920 (Red Wing)


  • Uusi kotimaa (New York Mills, Minn.), 1906-1922


  • Echo de l'ouest (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1885-1922


  • New Ulm Post (New Ulm, Minn.), 1914-1922
  • Der Nordstern (St. Cloud, Minn.), 1876-1877, 1910-1922


  • Vinland (Minneota, Minn.), 1902-1908


  • Arbeidsmanden (Fertile, Minn.), 1900-1901
  • Rodhuggeren (Fergus Falls, Minn.), 1893-1898
  • Fergus Falls ugeblad (Fergus Falls, Minn.), 1886-1922
  • Minneapolis tidende (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1914-1922


  • Wiarus (1886) (Winona, Minn.), 1886-1893
  • Katolik (Winona, Minn.), 1893-1895
  • Wiarus (1895) (Winona, Minn.) 1895-1919


  • Narodni vestnik, or the National herald (Duluth, Minn.), 1911-1914


  • Allarm (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1915-1918
  • Minnesota posten (Red Wing, Minn.), 1857-1858
  • Minnesota stats tidning (1877) (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1877-1882
  • Skaffaren (1878) (St. Paul; Red Wing, Minn.), 1878-1882
  • Skaffaren och Minnesota stats tidning (St. Paul; Minneapolils, Minn.), 1882-1885
  • Skaffaren (1885) (St. Paul; Minneapolis, Minn.), 1885-1895
  • Minnesota stats tidning (1895) (St. Paul; Minneapolis, Minn.), 1895-1903

Project Documents



For more information regarding the project, contact:

Jane Wong, Digital Newspapers Manager