The Minnesota Historical Society has the largest collection of Minnesota newspapers anywhere. Try searching our catalog to see what titles are available - make sure to select "Newspapers" in the drop-down selection before clicking search.
Digitized and keyword searchable newspapers are available in the:
Digital Newspaper Hub and the Historic Minneapolis Tribune.
However, newspapers in the library's microfilm collection, which includes local papers from around the state, are organized chronologically. As a result, you may wish to have dates in mind before begin your searches.
Some important dates for American and Minnesotan involvement in WWI include:
- July 28, 1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated in Sarajevo.
- August 1-4, 1914: WWI Begins. Germany and its ally, Austria-Hungary, go to war with France, Britain and Russia. Fighting begins in Europe.
- May 7, 1915: British passenger ship Lusitania sunk by a German U-Boat. There are 128 Americans among the 1,198 passengers killed in the attack.
- April 2, 1917: President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress for a Declaration of War against Germany. The declaration passed on April 6, 1917.
- April 10, 1917: Creation of the Minnesota Commission of Public Safety
- April 28, 1917: The Minnesota Commission of Public Safety creates the Minnesota Home Guard.
- August 1917: Food and Fuel Control Act passed by Congress.
- May 10 - July 2, 1918: Goodhue County loyalty trials. Multiple individuals were convicted of speaking against the government and were sentenced to jail.
- October 12, 1918: Cloquet, Duluth, and Moose Lake fires. The Minnesota Home Guard assisted in recovery after this disaster.
- November 11, 1918: Armistice declared and WWI ends.