Idaho Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Idaho is one of the states that does not have a single central online state repository for searching historical newspapers, but they use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main site for searching old newspapers. There are several free online newspapers on other sites and collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them. 
There are about 750 newspapers that have been published in the Gem State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Idaho ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives. 
Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time – so if there is a dead link – please use your favorite search engine to find their new location. 
(Updated June 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Idaho

Google News Archive

County and Library Collections:

Bannock County
Marshall Public Library

  • Idaho State Journal
  • Semi Weekly Pocatello Tribune
  • Pocatello Tribune
  • Idaho Sunday Journal
  • Weekly Pocatello Tribune
  • Tribune Journal
  • The Pocatello Tribune
  • Idaho State Journal And The Pocatello Tribune

Bear Lake County
Bear Lake County Library 

  • News Examiner
  • Montpelier Examiner
  • The Paris Post 
  • Bear Lake County News 
  • Daily News
  • South Idaho Independent
  • The Bear Lake Democrat 
  • Bear Lake Booster 
  • Post
  • The Paris Review
  • Bear Lake Gazette
  • The Montpelier Examiner 
  • The Bear Lake County News 

Bingham County
Blackfoot Library

  • Blackfoot News
  • Blackfoot Register
  • Farmers Friend
  • Idaho News
  • Idaho Register
  • Idaho Republican
  • Resources of Idaho

Cassia County
Burley Public Library

  • Burley Bulletin 
  • Burley Herald 
  • Cassia County Courier 
  • Rupert Pioneer 
  • Rupert Pioneer Record 
  • Southern Idaho Advocate
  • The Herald-Bulletin

Clearwater County
Elk River Free Library 

  • Deary Enterprise 
  • Elk River Sentinel

East Bonner County
East Bonner County District Library 

  • Bonner County Daily Bee 
  • Bonner County Democrat 
  • Daily Bee 
  • Daily Bulletin 
  • Daily Bulletin And Pend Oreille Review 
  • Daily Panidan 
  • Kootenai County Republican
  • Lewis County Herald 
  • Northern Idaho News 
  • Panhandle Citizen 
  • Pend D Oreille News 
  • Pend Oreille Review 
  • Pend Oreille Review And The Daily Bulletin 
  • Sandpoint Bulletin 
  • Sandpoint Daily Bee 
  • Sandpoint News Bulletin 
  • Sandpoint News Bulletin Bee 
  • Sandpoint News-Bulletin And The Sandpoint Bee 
  • The Sandpoint News Bulletin 
  • The Sandpoint News Bulletin And The Sandpoint Bee 

Franklin County
Franklin County Library District 

  • Preston Citizen 
  • Franklin County Citizen 
  • Preston News 
  • Fruitland Banner
  • Cache Valley Clarion
  • Preston Booster 
  • Southeastern Advocate 
  • Sugar City Times 
  • Preston Standard 
  • Idaho Enterprise
  • Cache Valley News 
  • War Cry 

Jerome County
Jerome Public Library

  • North Side News​
  • Northside News
  • Jerome Northside News
  • Jerome North Side News

Kootenai County
Hayden Community Library Network

  • Lewiston Morning Tribune 
  • Press 

Lemhi County
The Salmon Public Library 

  • Recorder Herald 
  • The Recorder Herald 
  • The Idaho Recorder 
  • The Salmon Herald 
  • The Lemhi Herald 
  • The Lemhi Republic
  • Idaho Hydraulic Gold Miner
  • Burley Bulletin
  • The Boise County Sentinel 
  • The Idaho Young Democrat 
  • Gowen Field Beacon
  • The Boise Weekly Reminder
  • The Hoot Owl
  • The Idaho Guardsman
  • The Sabrejet Times 
  • The Union Label 
  • The Semi-Weekly Mining News
  • Inter-Camp Sporting News 
  • Payette Lake Star

Payette County
Armoral Tuttle Public Library 

  • Payette Valley Sentinel 
  • Fruitland Banner
  • New Plymouth Sentinel

Teton County
The Valley of The Tetons District Library 

  • Teton Valley News
  • Valley Citizen 

Twin Falls County
Twin Falls Newspapers

  • ​Brewin’ Evil
  • Statewide
  • The Bruin
  • The Twin Falls Times
  • Twin Falls Chronicle
  • Twin Falls News

BYUI – Blackfoot Newspapers

  • The idaho News
  • The Blackfoot News

Clearwater Valley Historical Newspapers

  • Orofino Tribune
  • Orofino Courier
  • Peck Press
  • Pierce City Miner

Eastern Idaho Newspapers from BYU Library 1904-1939

  • The Ashton Herald
  • The Marysville Republican
  • The Teton Peak-Chronicle

Rexburg Newspapers from BYU Library

  • The Current Journal
  • The Rexburg Standard
  • The Rexburg Journal
  • The Rexburg Standard Journal

Twin Falls Public Library Newspaper Archive

Twin Falls Newspapers, 1904-1922

Twin Falls Public Library Newspaper Archives

Weiser Public Library Newspapers

Student Collections:

Boise State University – Boise

Brigham University Idaho – Rexburg

Capital High School – Boise

College of Idaho – Caldwell

College of Western Idaho – Nampa

Idaho State University – Pocatello

Lewis and Clark State College – Lewiston

North Idaho College – Coeur d’Alene

Northwest Nazarene University – Nampa

Sandpoint High School – Sandpoint

University of Idaho – Moscow

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • Covered Wagon, The
  • Helping Hand

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton Postcards

The Olden Times – Idaho

Newspaper Abstracts – Idaho

For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page. ​​

Other Free Sites:

Boise

Coeur d’Alene

Minidoka

Moscow

Rigby

Twin Falls

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 28 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Idaho Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 134 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Idaho Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 142 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Idaho

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 52 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Idaho

And Finally:

You also need to visit the Idaho State Archives site from time to time, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to online or other format newspaper availability. 

Please note – even more may be available via a local or state library where a library card is required.  And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For more links for different states, provinces, and countries – please see the Newspaper Links page on this website.

​For other Free Idaho Links, click on the category of interest:​

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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5 Comments

  1. THANK YOU I just found my grandfather’s obit from 1919. I don’t believe my mother who was 10 at the time ever saw this. It was published in a very small town in Idaho,Paris.

  2. I have been working on adding Historical Newspapers, covering North Central Idaho, primarily the Clearwater Valley. I have completed Orofino Tribune 1910-1922 and I am currently working on the Pierce City Miner 1902-1911. They are searchable but keep in mind this is a workin progress and will evolve. My site is free to everyone and hopefully you find something that helps solve a family puzzle.

  3. The Lewiston Morning Tribune, which covers North Central Idaho, has added a fee based archives, for their paper. LMT was available on GenealogyBank, then went away. LMT is available on Google Archives but there are more papers and articles available, in the archives, which can be searched for free.
    Here is my work around:
    1. I search/query via Newsbank. https://lmtribune.newsbank.com/
    2. Look at the paper’s date for the article I want
    3. Go to Google Archives and browse within the paper for the date. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=BtfE7wd9KvMC&dat=19161011&b_mode=2&hl=en
    4. If the paper is there I go through it to find the article and if found, use snipping tool, to clip it.
    5. If it isn’t there, I can download it, or view it on the Newsbank site (step 1)
    Note: I have found some pages missing on Google Archives, so check the page numbers, for gaps. Also, keep in mind if you open the article on NewsBank, it will count as one of the items, toward the # you purchased.
    I hope this helps.

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