Wisconsin Historical Society

Resource Description

Wisconsin Historical Society Newspapers

Discover Our Collection of Over 300 Years of U.S. Newspapers

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Wisconsin Historical Society Newspapers

Newspapers in Our Collection

The Wisconsin Historical Society houses an extensive collection of historic and contemporary newspapers, including publications from every state and Canadian province dating from 1704 to the present in form of about 12,000 bound volumes, 150,000 reels of microfilm and a fast-growing number of digital pages. The approximately 8,000 historic titles archived comprise the largest collection of African American, Native American, and military base newspapers in the country. Moreover, the first Spanish-language newspaper published in the U.S., El Misisipi, can be found along with a vast amount of local foreign-language publications in Czech, Dutch, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Yiddish.

Online Catalog

Search for newspapers at the Wisconsin Historical Society in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries catalog.

Newspaper Bibliographies

Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers 1833-2004.

Wisconsin Ethnic Newspaper Collection.

Prison Newspaper Collection.

Cuban Refugee Camp Newspaper Collection.

Microfilm and Digital Copies

Learn about purchasing microfilm or digital copies of our newspaper collection on the Microfilm Sales webpage.

Chronicling America: Historic Newspaper Resource

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Map of National Digital Newspaper Program States, 2017


In 2015 the Wisconsin Historical Society joined the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC) to provide access to historic newspaper published between 1836 and 1922. NEH awards support state projects to select and digitize historically significant titles that are aggregated and permanently maintained by LC at Chronicling America. Through this website, historic newspaper pages are freely available and keyword searchable.

Wisconsin Newspapers and Chronicling America

WHS is in the process of digitizing 100,000 additional pages of newspapers that will provide a diverse geographic, social, and political picture of the state. As Wisconsin newspapers appear in Chronicling America, they will be linked below. 

  • Wausau Pilot, 1900-1922
  • Nord Stern, 1900-1921
  • Vernon County Censor, 1898-1922
  • Washburn Times, 1899-1922
  • Sonntagsbote, 1906-1912
  • Sonntagsbote und der Seebote, 1912-1922
  • Kinder-Post, 1890-1893
  • Jugend-Post, 1890, 1893-1895
  • Dodgeville Chronicle, 1867-1876
  • Odanah Star, 1912-1916
  • Ashland Chronicle, 1916
  • La Nostra Terra, 1904-1911
  • Our Land=Nostra Terra, 1913
  • Iron County News, 1913-1922
  • Wauwatosa News, 1900-1922
  • Wisconsin Tobacco Reporter, 1899-1922
  • Wisconsin Weekly Blade, 1916-1922
  • Northern Wisconsin Advertiser, 1898-1922
  • Ladysmith News, 1905
  • Ladysmith News and Ingram News, 1905-1906
  • Ladysmith News, 1906-1907
  • Ladysmith News-Budget, 1907-1922
  • Baraboo News, 1904-1911
  • Baraboo Weekly News, 1912-1922

Chronicling America Resources

Searching, Clipping, and Saving Content

Ohio History Connection created guides on accessing, searching, and saving content from Chronicling America. Using Chronicling America Podcast Series are short YouTube videos on getting started, while Chronicling America Search Strategy Videos  are short YouTube videos that dig deeper into advanced searching.

 Contact Us

Questions about the newspaper collection

Library Reference Services: 608-264-6535 - asklibrary@wisconsinhistory.org

Questions about Wisconsin newspapers in Chronicling America

Randi Ramsden: randi.ramsden@wisconsinhistory.org

Press Kits and Outreach

We offer press and activity kits designed to publicize Wisconsin newspapers in Chronicling America; as well as workshops and programming on resources in Chronicling America. Please contact Randi Ramsden at randi.ramsden@wisconsinhistory.org for more information.