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Northfield Raid & the James-Younger Gang: Newspapers

Newspaper Collections

A Chronology of Selected Newspaper Accounts Relating to the Attempted Bank Robbery at Northfield, Minnesota, September 1876, index cards compiled by Terry Nordenstrom.
Nordenstrom cites September-December, 1876, articles in eleven newspapers from Faribault, Mankato, Minneapolis, New Ulm, Saint Paul, and Saint Peter.
MNHS call number: Microfilm 576 

Charles H. Taylor Reminiscences
Photocopies of reminiscent articles published in the Northfield Independent, August 16 and 23, 1951. Taylor describes, among other things, the 1876 Northfield bank robbery.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P939).

Suggested Newspapers & Dates

Useful dates to search for the Northfield Raid & the James-Younger Gang:

  • September 7, 1876, Northfield Robbery

Useful newspapers to search:

  • Faribault
  • Mankato
  • Minneapolis
  • New Ulm
  • Northfield
  • St. Paul
  • St. Peter
  • Stillwater Prison (The Prison Mirror)


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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