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Women and the Home Front During World War II: Newspapers


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.   


Suggested Newspapers & Dates

Newspapers:The more women at work the sooner we win!

  • Albert Lea: Evening Tribune
  • Duluth News Tribune
  • Minneapolis Star
  • Minneapois Tribune
  • St. Paul Dispatch
  • St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Willmar Daily Tribune



  • December 1941: Pearl Harbor bombed and the U.S. enters the war
  • June-December 1942: Number of women employed in war production work rises dramatically
  • 1944: Women's wartime employment reaches its all-time high of 36 percent of the national workforce
  • August 1945: World War II ends

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Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
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