There is exciting progress in the effort to digitize historic newspapers in Minnesota!
The Minnesota Historical Society has been working with the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), thanks to a grant made possible by NEH and the Library of Congress. They have just finished their first grant cycle and have digitized and made available online 25 years of The Saint Paul Globe Newspaper (and its earlier titles: Daily Globe and St. Paul Daily Globe), from 1880-1905 and one year of the Minneapolis Journal newspaper (1901).
These newspapers can be found on the Chronicling America website – http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
In the next grant cycle more years of the Journal will be added, as well as several other newspaper titles from around Minnesota. About 15 other states also have newspapers up on Chronicling America. Compared to the days of looking at microfilm, Chronicling America is an amazing resource – both for the ability to view the newspapers and to search their content online. Images can be downloaded and printed out.
You can search by newspaper and year, and can search individual newspaper pages using a keyword search. The keyword search is particularly neat and is an extremely fast way to search for information on your topic. This is a great way to access primary sources and find visuals for your projects in the form of newspaper headlines and political cartoons.
If you are doing a Minnesota topic be sure to check out the website!
Happy Researching! - Laura