Missouri Online Historical Newspapers Summary

 

Missouri has several free online collections for searching historical newspapers. Many states use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main central online site for searching old newspapers and currently Missouri has quite a few newspapers available on that site. There are free online newspapers also available on other sites and there are 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 over 4,700 newspapers that have been published in the Show Me State – certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it – find your Missouri 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 November, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – Missouri 

Google News Archive

Historic Newspapers Collection 1835-1975 (By County)

Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers, 1808-1929

  • Boonville Weekly Advertiser (Jan 2, 1880-Dec 30, 1927)
  • Boonville Eagle (May 2, 1868-July 12, 1878)
  • Boonville Observer (March 13, 1844-March 18, 1854)
  • Boonville Observer (March 25, 1854-December 27, 1856)
  • Boonville Western Emigrant (January 10, 1839-March 26, 1840)
  • Columbia Missouri Intelligencer (May 4, 1830-December 12, 1835)
  • Columbia University Missourian (September 14, 1908-August 1, 1916)
  • Columbia Missourian (August 2, 1916-December 30, 1922)
  • Columbia Missourian (January 2, 1923-December 31, 1929)
  • Columbia Statesman (1843-1886)
  • Fayette Missouri Intelligencer (June 29, 1826-April 9, 1830)
  • Franklin Missouri Intelligencer (April 23, 1819-June 16, 1826)
  • Jackson Independent Patriot (December 23, 1820-December 15, 1826)
  • Jackson Missouri Herald (August 13, 1819-August 26, 1820)
  • Jefferson City Inquirer (September 10, 1840-January 26, 1861)
  • Jefferson City Jeffersonian Republican (April 30, 1831-August 10, 1844)
  • Jefferson City People’s Tribune (October 4, 1865-December 25, 1878)
  • Jefferson City People’s Tribune (January 1, 1879-December 26, 1883)
  • Jefferson City Daily Tribune (January 1, 1875-December 30, 1926)
  • Jefferson City Weekly Tribune (January 2, 1884-December 31, 1884; January 4, 1888-December 27, 1888)
  • Liberty Tribune (April 4, 1846-January 29, 1869)
  • St. Louis Missouri Argus (May 22, 1835-July 4, 1840)
  • St. Louis Missouri Gazette (July 26, 1808-March 6, 1822)
  • St. Louis Missouri Republican (March 20, 1822-December 23, 1828)

Missouri Digital Heritage – Newspapers 1835-1975 (some overlap with above collection)

  • Albany Capital
  • Albany Ledger
  • Bevier Appeal
  • Bland Courier
  • Bolivar Free Press
  • Boonville Weekly Observer
  • Border Star Newspaper [also Weekly Border Star]
  • Brookfield Gazette
  • Brunswick Weekly Brunswicker
  • Buffalo Reflex
  • Butler Bates County Record
  • Calhoun Clarion
  • California Loyal Missourian, Loyal Journal, and Moniteau Journal
  • California Moniteau County Democrat and California Democrat
  • Cameron Sun
  • Canton Press
  • Cape Girardeau Argus
  • Carrollton Wakenda Record
  • Carter County Journal
  • Carter County News
  • Carthage Banner
  • Caruthersville Democrat, Twice-a-week Democrat, and Democrat-Argus
  • Caruthersville Southeast Scimitar and Pemiscot Press
  • Cassville Republican
  • Catholic Tribune and Conception Star
  • Charleston Courier
  • Clarence Courier
  • Clarence Republican
  • Clinton Advocate
  • Clinton Eye
  • Columbia Missourian
  • Commerce Dispatch
  • Current Local
  • Crawford County Democrat
  • Crawford Mirror
  • Cuba Review and Telephone
  • Daily Evening Herald and Commercial Advertiser
  • Darlington Record
  • Deepwater World
  • Doniphan Prospect
  • Douglas County Herald
  • Edina Sentinel
  • Ellington Press
  • Far West
  • Franklin County Observer
  • Franklin County Record
  • Franklin County Tribune
  • From the Darkroom: Springfield’s Historic Newspaper Photographs
  • Fulton Telegraph
  • Gallatin North Missourian
  • Gasconade County Republican
  • Gerald Journal
  • German Language Newspapers
  • Grand River and Trenton Republican
  • Grandin Herald
  • Grant City Star
  • Hannibal Clipper
  • Hannibal Courier-Post
  • Hannibal Messenger
  • Hayti Critic
  • Hayti Pemiscot Argus
  • Henry County Democrat
  • Henry Republican
  • Hermann Advertiser and Advertiser-Courier
  • Hermitage Index
  • Higbee News
  • Howell County Gazette
  • Hunnewell Graphic
  • Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers
  • Iron County Register
  • Jackson Missouri Cash-Book
  • Jefferson City Missouri State Times
  • Jefferson City Peoples’ Tribune
  • Kansas City Daily Journal of Commerce
  • Kansas City Journal
  • Kansas City Journal-Post’s Diamond Jubilee Section
  • King City Chronicle
  • King City Democrat
  • King City Tri-County News
  • Kirksville North Missouri Tribune and Register
  • La Plata Home Press
  • La Plata Republican
  • Lamar South-west Missourian
  • Lancaster Excelsior
  • Lathrop Optimist
  • Lawrence Chieftain
  • Lexington Missouri Valley Register
  • Liberty Banner (March 3, 1844)
  • Liberty Tribune
  • Lincoln University Clarion, 1935-1975
  • M.S.U. Independent
  • Macon Argus
  • Macon Bevier Appeal
  • Macon Chronicle-Herald
  • Macon Citizen
  • Macon Daily Chronicle
  • Macon Daily Herald
  • Macon Gazette
  • Macon Granger
  • Macon Republican
  • Macon Times
  • Marion County Herald
  • Marion County Standard
  • Marshall Democrat
  • Marshall Republican
  • Marshall Saline County Progress
  • Marthasville News
  • Marthasville Record
  • Maryville Nodaway Democrat
  • McFall Mirror
  • Memphis Reveille
  • Missouri Gazette
  • Missouri Hayti Herald
  • Missouri Intelligencer
  • Missouri Sharp Shooter
  • Missouri Valley Independent and the Fraternalist
  • Montgomery Tribune
  • Montrose Recorder
  • Montrose Tidings
  • Mountain View Standard
  • MSU Student Newspaper – The Standard
  • Mt. Vernon Fountain and Journal
  • Neosho Times
  • New Cambria Leader
  • New Haven Leader
  • Oregon County Democrat
  • Oregon County Leader, Times, and Times Leader
  • Oregon County South Missourian
  • Osceola Herald
  • Our County Paper
  • Ozark County News and Weekly News
  • Ozark County Times
  • Pacific City Herald
  • Pacific Transcript
  • Palmyra Spectator
  • Palmyra Whig
  • Phelps County New Era
  • Platte County Reveille
  • Plattsburg Leader
  • Pleasant Hill Leader
  • Pulaski County Democrat
  • Randolph Citizen
  • Rolla Express
  • Rolla Herald
  • Rolla New Era
  • Rolla Weekly Herald
  • Salem Monitor
  • Salem Post and Democratic Bulletin
  • Scott County Kicker
  • Sedalia Democratic Press, Democrat, and Sedalia Weekly Democrat
  • Sedalia Weekly Bazoo
  • Sedalia Weekly Conservator
  • Shannon County Current Wave
  • Shannon County Democrat
  • Shelbina Democrat
  • Shelbina Torchlight
  • Springfield Leader
  • Springfield Mirror
  • Springfield Missouri Weekly Patriot
  • St. Charles Demokrat
  • St. Clair Chronicle
  • St. Clair Ozark News
  • St. Joseph Adventure and Commercial Cycle
  • St. Joseph Eye
  • St. Joseph Gazette
  • St. Joseph Herald
  • St. Joseph Journal
  • St. Joseph Morning Herald
  • St. Joseph Observer
  • St. Joseph Standard
  • St. Joseph Stock Yard Journal
  • St. Joseph Times Review
  • St. Joseph Union
  • St. Joseph Union-Observer
  • St. Joseph Weekly Free Democrat
  • St. Joseph Weeky West
  • St. Louis Christian Advocate
  • St. Louis Daily Missouri Republican, 1854-1872
  • St. Louis Missouri Republican
  • St. Louis Palladium
  • St. Louis Republican
  • Stanberry Headlight-Owl
  • Stanberry Herald
  • Steele Enterprise
  • Steelville Ledger
  • Stockton Journal
  • Sullivan News
  • Sullivan Sentinel
  • Union Republic Headlight
  • Union Republican Tribune
  • Unofficial MSU Student Newspapers
  • Urich Herald
  • Urich Herald-Montrose Tidings
  • Van Buren Current Local
  • Van Buren Echo
  • Vienna Courier
  • Walnut Grove Tribune
  • Warrenton Banner
  • Warrenton Herald
  • Washington Citizen
  • Washington Missourian
  • Webb City Register
  • Weekly California News and Central Missourian
  • Wentzville Union
  • West Plains Journal
  • Weston Border Times
  • Wheaton Journal
  • Windsor Review
  • Word and Way and Central Baptist

County and Library Collections:

Grundy County
Grundy County Library

  • Grundy County Gazette 
  • Trenton Times
  • Trenton Republican Tribune
  • Trenton Tribune
  • Trenton Republican Times 
  • Trenton Weekly Republican Tribune 
  • Daily Evening Republican
  • Daily Evening Republican Star 
  • Grand River Republican 
  • Trenton Times Republican
  • Grundy County Gazette 
  • Grundy County Gazette 
  • The Republic 
  • Laredo Tribune
  • Trenton Weekly Tribune 
  • Trenton Times News 
  • Trenton Weekly News
  • Trenton Times Weekly News 
  • Rambler
  • Trenton Weekly Times
  • Trenton Weekly Republican 
  • Trenton Republican
  • Western Pioneer 
  • Republican Times 
  • Republican Times And Grundy County Gazette
  • Daily Star Journal

Putnam County
Putnam County Library

  • Lucerne Standard 
  • Chronicle 
  • Powersville Record 
  • Unionville Democrat 
  • Putnam County Leader 
  • New Century 
  • Putnam County Journal 
  • Putnam Journal 
  • Unionville Weekly Republican 
  • Unionville Republican 
  • Unionville Weekly Republican And Putnam County Ledger 
  • Putnam Ledger 
  • Unionville Republican And Putnam County Journal 
  • Unionville Weekly Argus 
  • Worthington Gazette 

Chillicothe Constitution Tribune Archives

Jefferson County Newspaper Index

  • Jefferson County Leader
  • Jefferson Democrat

Scenic Regional Library (Franklin, Gasconade, and Warren counties) 

  • Licht-Freund –  1843-1845
  • Hermamaner Volksblatt u. Gasconade Zeitung –  1872-1873
  • Hermanner Wochenblatt –  1872-1873
  • Franklin County Record –  1874-1890
  • Hermanner Volksblatt –  1875-1879, 1923-1928
  • Hermann Advertiser and Advertiser-Courier –  1875-1922
  • Pacific Our County Paper –  1882-1887
  • Franklin County Tribune –  1887-1919, 1927-1966
  • Pacific City Herald –  1889-1891
  • Pacific Transcript –  1895-1921, 1923-1933
  • Warrenton Herald –  1898-1905
  • Sullivan Sentinel –  1901-1914
  • Warrenton Volksfreund –  1902-1918
  • Warrenton Banner –  1902-1968
  • New Haven Leader –  1903-1918
  • Sullivan News –  1910-1952, 1955-1966
  • Washington Citizen –  1924-1939,1943-1965
  • St. Clair Chronicle –  1927-1977
  • Die Gasconade Zeitung –  1873-1874
  • Der Missionar –  1881-1883
  • Franklin County Observer –  1893-1926
  • Marthasville News –  1896-1897
  • Gasconade County Republican –  1897-1898,1903-1905,1918-1921,1925-1966
  • Tribune-Republican –  1897-1919, 1927-1966
  • Marthasville Record –  1901-1966
  • Union Republican Headlight –  1904-1919
  • Bland Courier –  1904-1951, 1963-1966
  • Union Republican Tribune –  1919-1922
  • The Gerald Journal –  1922-1928, 1962-1965
  • The Washington Missourian –  1939-1964


Springfield-Greene County Library – Ozarks News and Historical Newspaper Index

  • Advertiser
  • Daily News
  • Gateway Heritage
  • Greene County Commonwealth
  • Leader & Press
  • Missouri Municipal Review
  • Missouri Weekly Patriot
  • News-Leader
  • OzarksWatch
  • Springfield Business Journal
  • Springfield Newspaper
  • The Leader
  • The Ozarks Mountaineer

Student Collections:

Avila University – Kansas City

Fontbonne University – St. Louis

Francis Howell Central High School – St. Charles

Jefferson City High School – Jefferson City

Lincoln High School – Kansas City

Lindenwood University – St. Charles

Maryville University – St. Louis

Missouri Southern State University – Joplin

Missouri State University – Springfield

Missouri University of Science and Technology – Rolla

Missouri Western State University – St. Joseph

Northwest Missouri State University – Maryville

Parkway Central High School – Chesterfield

Southeast Missouri State University – Cape Girardieu

St. Louis Community College – Forest Park

St. Louis Community College – Meramec

St. Louis Country Day School – St. Louis

St. Louis University – St. Louis

St. Louis University High School – St. Louis

Truman State University – Kirksville

University of Central Missouri – Warrensburg

University of Missouri – Columbia

University of Missouri – Kansas City

University of Missouri – St. Louis

 Washington University – St. Louis

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Independent Voices – Alternative Press

  • Underwood
  • Both Sides Now
  • Heresy II
  • Leavenworth Brothers Offense/Defense Committee
  • Other Voice
  • Pawns Pawn, The
  • River Styx
  • Veterans Voice
  • Woodpecker

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1941

Small Town Papers

The Olden Times – Missouri

Newspaper Abstracts – Missouri

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

Other Free Sites:

Cape Girardeau

Chillicothe

Independence

Jefferson City

Kansas City

Springfield

St. Louis

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 49 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – Missouri Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 547 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – Missouri Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 508 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – Missouri

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 481 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – Missouri 

And Finally:

You also need to visit the State Historical Society site from time to time, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to online 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.

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