Michigan Online Historical Newspapers Summary

 

Michigan is one of the states that has a couple of central online repositories for searching historical newspapers. Several states use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main central online site for searching old newspapers and the state makes use of this site as well. The online newspaper titles are also available from several different sites, many free and many require a subscription. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them. 

There are around 4,000 newspapers that have been published in the Wolverine State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are quite a few that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Michigan 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 May 2021; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Michigan

Google News Archive

Digital Michigan Newspapers

Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal (By County)

County and Library Collections:

Aitkin Memorial District Library

  • Croswell Jeffersonian
  • Sanilac County Jeffersonian
  • Sanilac County Jeffersonian/Advisor
  • Sanilac Jeffersonian
  • Sanilac Jeffersonian and the Sanilac County Times

Allegan District Library

  • Allegan Democrat
  • Allegan Gazette
  • Allegan Journal
  • Allegan Journal (1856)
  • Allegan Journal and Tribune
  • Allegan News
  • Allegan News-Gazette
  • Allegan Press
  • Daily Gazette
  • Kalamazoo Gazette
  • Allegan County News and Gazette

Alma College

  • Almanian
  • The Weekly Almanian

Ann Arbor District Library Historic Newspapers

Benzie Shores District Library

Buchanan District Library

Cass City Newspapers

Chelsea District Library Newspaper Archives 

  • Chelsea Standard
  • The Chelsea Herald
  • The Chelsea Standard
  • Chelsea Standard-Herald
  • The Chelsea Tribune
  • The Dexter Leader
  • The Sun Times News
  • Washtenaw Now

Coloma Public Library Newspaper Archives

  • Coloma Courier
  • Watervliet Record
  • Tri-City Record

Delta College Collegiate

  • Delta Collegiate

Escanaba Public Library

Flat River Community Library

Grand Ledge District Library

Grand Rapids Public Library

  • Grand Rapids CIO News
  • Grand Valley AFL CIO News
  • Grand Valley Labor News
  • Work In Progress

Greenwood Cemetery (Petoskey) Newspaper Archives

Grosse Pointe Newspapers

Harbor Beach Area District Library

  • Harbor Beach Times
  • Huron County News
  • Huron Times
  • Sand Beach Times
  • Times Harbor Beach Edition

Ironwood Carnegie Library Newspaper Archives

Kalamazoo Public Library Historic Newspapers

  • Allegan County Record
  • Augusta Beacon
  • Climax Cereal
  • Climax Crescent
  • Evening Telegraph
  • Kalamazoo Daily Telegraph
  • Kalamazoo Evening Telegraph
  • Kalamazoo Telegraph-Press
  • Kalamazoo Weekly Telegraph
  • Michigan Telegraph
  • Kalamazoo Shopper
  • Kalamazoo Telegraph
  • Kalamazoo Weekly News and Shopper
  • Otsego Union
  • Parchment Journal
  • Parchment News
  • Scotts Cereal
  • Semi-Weekly Argus
  • The Argus
  • The Galesburg Argus
  • The Horizon News
  • The Independent
  • The Kalamazoo Gazette
  • The Kalamazoo Gazette Weekly
  • The Progressive Herald
  • The Weekly Union

Kent District Library

  • Ledger Suburban Life
  • Lowell Journal
  • Lowell Ledger
  • Lowell Ledger Suburban Life
  • Lowell Weekly Journal
  • The Grand Valley Ledger

State Line Observer

  • The Morenci Observer

Marlette District Library

  • Marlette Index
  • Marlette Leader

Marshall District Library Newspaper Archives

Michigan Community Home Papers

Munising School Public Library (in library)

  • Alger County Democrat
  • Alger County Independent
  • Alger County Republican
  • Cloverland Farmer
  • Gazette
  • Grand Marais Herald
  • Grand Marais Pilot and Pictured Rocks Review
  • Lake Superior Breeze
  • Lake Superior Pilot
  • Munising News
  • Munising Republican
  • Wrights Weekly
  • Yearbook

Niles Library

Montague Museum

  • THE MONTAGUE OBSERVER
  • THE OBSERVER AND SHOPPING NEWS
  • THE WHITE LAKER OBSERVER

North Branch Township Library

  • North Branch Gazette
  • Weekly Gazette
  • The Brown City Banner
  • Sanilac County Press
  • The County Press
  • Peck Press
  • The North Branch News

Nottawa

  • The Western Chronicle
  • The St. Joseph County Observer

Oakland County Historic Newspapers

  • Clarkston Advertiser
  • Clarkston Eccentric
  • Clarkston News
  • Clarkston Record
  • Lake Orion News
  • Oakland County Advertiser
  • Orion Review
  • Rochester Eccentric
  • Rochester Era
  • The Novi News
  • The Reminder

Otsego County Library Digital Archives

  • Herald Times

Otsego County Library

  • Gaylord Herald Times
  • Gaylord Herald Times
  • Herald Times (1970)
  • Herald Times (1976)
  • Northern Michigan Herald Times
  • Otsego County Herald
  • Otsego County Herald and Times
  • Otsego County Herald Times (1925)
  • Otsego County Herald Times (1970)
  • Otsego County Times

River Rapids Library

  • Chesaning Argus
  • Chesaning Argus (1877)
  • Chesaning Semi-Weekly Argus
  • Chesaning Weekly Argus
  • Chesaning-Montrose Argus
  • Courier
  • Saginaw Valley Advertiser
  • Saginaw Valley News
  • Saginaw Valley Weekly News
  • The Tri-County Citizen
  • Tri-County Citizen

Sandusky District Library

  • Brown City Banner
  • Brown City Bee
  • Carsonville – Port Sanilac Journal
  • Carsonville Journal
  • Carsonville News
  • Croswell Jeffersonian
  • Deckerville Recorder
  • Goderich Signal Star
  • Lex Minuteman
  • Lexington News
  • Marlette Leader
  • Melvin Banner
  • Minden City Herald
  • Sandusky Republican Tribune
  • Sandusky Tribune
  • Sanilac County Farmer
  • Sanilac County Herald
  • Sanilac County News
  • Sanilac County Press
  • Sanilac County Republican
  • Sanilac County Searchlight
  • Sanilac County Times
  • Sanilac Jeffersonian
  • Sanilac Recorder
  • Sanilac Republican
  • Times Herald
  • Tuscola County Advertiser

Shelby Area District Library

  • Oceanas Herald Journal
  • Oceana Herald
  • Shelby Independent
  • Shelby Herald

Traverse Area District Library

  • The Morning Record
  • Honest Opinion
  • The Evening Record
  • The Daily Eagle
  • Traverse City Press
  • Traverse Bay Eagle
  • Grand Traverse Press
  • Grand Traverse Herald Newspaper\

White Cloud Community Library

  • Times Indicator
  • Fremont Times Indicator

White Lake Community Library

Student Collections:

Ann Arbor Pioneer High School – Ann Arbor

Central Michigan University – Mount Pleasant

Eastern Michigan University – Ypsilanti

Ferris State University – Big Rapids

Grand Valley State University – Allendale

Hillsdale College – Hillsdale

Hope College – Holland

Kalamazoo College – Kalamazoo

Mercy College – Detroit

Mercy High School – Farmington Hills

Michigan State University – East Lansing

Northern Michigan University – Marquette

Oakland University – Rochester

Plymouth-Canton Educational Park

Saginaw Valley State University – University Center

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Law School – Ann Arbor

University of Michigan – Dearborn

Washtenaw Community College – Washtenaw

Wayne State University – Detroit

Western Michigan University – Kalamazoo

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • Ann Arbor Argus
  • Ann Arbor Sun
  • Bogue Street Bridge
  • Broken Arrow
  • Burning Deck
  • Detroit Gay Liberator
  • Detroit Liberator
  • ETA – eat the apple
  • Fifth Estate
  • First Amendment
  • FPS: a Magazine of Young People’s Liberation
  • Free Poems Among Friends
  • Gay Liberator
  • Generation East Lansing
  • Goob Yeak Gergibal
  • Her-self
  • Highschool Mobilizer Against the War in Vietnam
  • IO Magazine
  • Joint Issue
  • Lansing Beat
  • Lansing Star
  • Lesbian Connection
  • Logos
  • Paper, The
  • People Voice
  • Peoples Peace Treaty Newsletter
  • Red Apple News
  • Root, The
  • Spectacle, The
  • Spectre
  • Squeak, The
  • Sumac
  • Sun (Detroit)
  • Swill & Squeal
  • Veterans Peace Offensive
  • Work
  • Zeitgeist

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1942

Small Town Papers

Old Fulton Postcards

  • Bellevue MI Gazette (1908-1985)
  • Bellevue MI Villager (2011-2017)
  • Charlotte MI Eaton County Republican ( 1857-1888 )
  • Charlotte MI Leader (1875)
  • Charlotte MI Republican (1982-1983)
  • Charlotte MI Tribune ( 1890-1900 )
  • Clare MI Sentinel (1896-1940,51,66,70,73)
  • Dimondale MI News (1937-1966)
  • Eaton Rapides MI Journal   duplicate and misspelled name (1865-1978)
  • Eaton Rapids MI Journal (1865-1978)
  • Eaton Rapids MI Newspapers (1865-1978)
  • Grand Ledge MI Independent (1874-1924)
  • Lake County MI Newspapers 1879-1920 (1879-1920)
  • Lanse MI Sentinel (1924-1951)
  • Mancelona MI Antrim County Herald (1881-1964 )
  • Mancelona MI Antrim County News (1974-1986 )
  • Maple Vally MI News (1996-1997)
  • Middleville MI Sun (1890-1916)
  • Milford MI Times (1888-1930)
  • Misc MI Newspapers ()
  • Mullliken MI News (1898-1911)
  • Nashville MI Maple Valley News ( 1967-1997)
  • Olivet MI News (1886-1887)
  • Olivet MI Obiter ( 1885-1891)
  • Olivet MI Optic ( 1891-1972)
  • Olivet MI Orbiter (1885-1887)
  • Potterville MI News (1929-1964)
  • Saline MI Observer (1880-1959)
  • Springport MI Signal Newspapers (1893-1997)
  • Sunfield MI Sentinel (1896-1932)
  • Three Oaks MI Acorn (1900-1929 )
  • Three Oaks MI Galien River Gazette (1902-1988 )
  • Three Oaks MI Press (1876-1900)
  • Vermonville MI Echo (1903-1906)

The Olden Times – Michigan

Newspaper Abstracts – Michigan

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

Other Free Sites:

Battle Creek

Belleville

Birmingham

Brimley

Cadillac

Camden

Canton

Cedar Springs

Charlevoix

Coopersville

Dearborn

Detroit

Farmington

Frankenmuth

Gobles

Grand Rapids

Grayling

Hartford

Holland

Hudsonville

Kalkaska

Lake Orion

Lansing

Manchester

Marquette

Mayville

Middleville

Mt. Pleasant

Northville

Owosso

Pigeon

Pinckney

Plainwell

Romulus

Royal Oak

Saugatuck

Sault Ste. Marie

Schoolcraft

South Lyon

St. Johns

Tawas City

Weidman

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 38 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Michigan Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 270 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Michigan Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 175 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Michigan

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 92 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Michigan 

And Finally:

You also need to check out the Library of Michigan site, which can tell you what newspapers have been digitized and are available via microfilm.

Please note – even more may be available via a local 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 Michigan 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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9 Comments

    1. The Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University has some Reed City newspapers on microfilm you are welcome to stop in and look through them.

  1. I have a correction – Livingston County has mistakenly been included under Lenawee County – and Pinckney has been mispelled.
    Thanks for such a great site!

  2. Hello – I am looking for issues of the THE CLARE PRESS, for 1888 and 1889, and note that the issues I can find on various online sites cover the years [7 May 1886 – 13 May 1887 (31 issues)]. I found a reference to my ancestor in the 9 Apr 1886 issue. She died between then and 1890 and am hoping to find an obituary for her. Do you know if the other issues of this newspaper exist in other formats, not online? Thank you!

  3. I can’t find any record here of newspapers from Traverse City, MI. Are they in a different place?

    1. Have you tried the Traverse Area District Library, which is listed in the article and has Traverse City newspaper titles ?

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