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.
The capitol is in St. Paul and is where the legislature meets. The Minneapolis and St. Paul newspapers, Pioneer Press, Tribune, etc., provide coverage of the governors' time in office, the political issues of the day, the legislature, etc., as well as the governors' political campaigns. Out of state, non-Metro area newspapers also cover campaigns, state issues, in particular, relevant to their community and extra focus on a candidate from the area.
The particular governor and time period being researched will determine if there is digital access, indexes, and microfilm of a particular newspaper.
Digital newspaper resources:
On-site subscription access:
Some digitized newspapers are only available through paid, subscription databases. The following are available from computers in the MNHS Gale Family Library reading room.
Printed indexes of a variety of newspapers are available in the Hubbs Room of the MNHS Library.
Minneapolis Tribune and Star Index
MNHS call number: Microform Room AI21 .M53 1971-1980
Index to the Minneapolis Pioneer Press & Dispatch
MNHS call number: Microform Room AI21 .S3
Duluth Herald & News-Tribune Index
MNHS call number: Microform Room AI21 .D85
To locate newspapers that are not available digitally use the library catalog.