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African American Family History Research: Newspapers


The Minnesota Historical Society Library has microfilm copies of most newspapers published in Minnesota, arranged by city of publication.

You can check for obituaries if you have a date of death for the family member. For death dates between 1904 and 2001, check the online Death Certificates Index.

To order a Minnesota obituary online,  fill out the order form on the Obituary Request page at our online store. Please include any and all information you have about the record you are looking for.  

Minnesota Black Newspaper Index

Minnesota Black Newspaper Index, compiled by Brendan Henehan. 
Partial index to names and topics found in Minnesota African-American newspapers.

African American Newspapers

The Library also has several newspapers published by or for African-Americans, and many are available to browse as scans through the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub. The list below includes each paper’s dates in publication and links to the scans if available. Please search the library’s online catalog for additional newspaper holdings from other date ranges and in other formats.

Minneapolis and St. Paul


The Protest
August 13, 1892-October 8, 1892

Twin City Guardian
November 16, 1895-January 17, 1920

The Appeal
1889-November 24, 1923

Negro World
July 23, 1892-June 9, 1900

The Twin-City American
May 4-18, 1899

Afro-American Advance
May 1899-1905

The National Advocate

Northwestern Bulletin
March 11, 1922-January 5, 1924

Northwestern Bulletin-Appeal
January 12, 1924-August 15, 1925

St. Paul Echo
November 7, 1925-June 25, 1927 

Twin-City Leader
July 20, 1940-August 23, 1941

Twin Cities Courier
May 14, 1966-December 25, 1986


Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Insight News


St. Paul

Western Appeal
June 6, 1885-December 29, 1888

Saint Paul Recorder
August 10, 1934-2000

The Globe News

St. Paul Sun
October 11, 1951-May 5, 1976



Minneapolis Observer
August 16, 1890-September 27, 1890

Northwestern Vine

Twin City Star
June 2, 1910-January 25, 1919

Minneapolis Messenger
May 7, 1921-April 1, 1922

Minnesota Messenger
April 8, 1922-February 9, 1924

Twin-City Herald
April 30, 1927-July 13, 1940

Northwest Monitor
May 10, 1930-Feb 3, 1931

Timely Digest
April 1931-May 1932

Minneapolis Spokesman
August 10, 1934-2000

Twin City Observer
May 14, 1943-May 12, 1976


The World
April 25, 1896-November 6, 1897


Newsboy distributing January 1937 Minneapolis Journal.

The Minnesota Historical Society holds the world's largest collection of Minnesota newspapers, with dates ranging from 1849 to the present day.

Past issues of most newspaper titles are available on microfilm in the MNHS library, but there is also digital access to select newspapers

Use the links to the left to search for newspapers available at MNHS and to search within digitized newspaper collections.   

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