The Minnesota Historical Society’s Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center holds the largest single collection of Minnesota newspapers, with dates ranging from 1849 to today. 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 MNHS are available on microfilm. Researchers can also access select digitized newspapers online.
Search for newspapers using the library catalog.
The majority of the newspaper collection can be viewed on microfilm. However, MNHS 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 are freely accessible online, others are available only through subscription databases.
Some digitized newspapers are only available through paid, subscription databases. The following database can be accessed from computers in the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center at any time, using the links below.
These databases are available in the Gale Family Library reading room and at other Minnesota libraries. Users with a valid, current Minnesota public library card can access these and other databases at home through the Electronic Library of Minnesota.
Combined, printed indexes for the following newspapers (here referred to by commonly known titles) are available in the Hubbs Room of the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center.
Please note there is not a master index to newspaper articles, obituaries, or advertisements.