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Prohibition & the Volstead Act : Newspapers

Suggested Newspapers & Dates


  • St. Paul: Dispatch
  • St. Paul: Pioneer Press
  • Minneapolis:  Minnesota Patriot
  • Minneapolis:  Minnesota Good Templar
  • Minneapolis: Tribune (available digitally through 1922)


  • January 17, 1919: Minnesota ratifies Prohibition amendment
  • January 17, 1920:  Prohibition amendment takes effect
  • December 5, 1933: Repeal of Prohibition amendment

Useful Resources: 

The Library of Congress's website of digitized U.S. newspapers, Chronicling America, includes information on prohibition

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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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