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Commission of Public Safety : 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


  • Minneapolis Star
  • Minneapolis Tribune
  • St. Paul Dispatch
  • St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • New Ulm Brown County Journal
  • New Ulm Post (German language)


  • 1917, April 6: US enters the World War I
  • 1917, April: Commission of Public Safety created by the legislature
  • 1917, May: MCPS commissioners hire a detective agency to monitor suspected draft resistors.
  • 1917, September 25: MCPS calls for the expulsion of Senator Robert M. La Follette on charges of disloyalty and sedition.
  • 1917, November: Alien registration act
  • 1917, December: MCPS engineers the removal of two New Ulm city councilmen from office for sponsoring an allegedly unpatriotic (and anti-draft) public meeting.
  • 1918, April 30: An MCPS order prohibits public and private schools from employing aliens (non-citizens) as teachers.
  • 1918, November: Armistice signed. 
  • 1919, January & February: Commission of Public Safety's orders rescinded. 
  • 1920, December 15: MCPS meets for the last time and officially dissolves.


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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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