Newspapers can be invaluable sources of information for your genealogical research. They do not only contain articles about births, marriages, and deaths, but also provide background information about the town that your ancestor lived in. In addition, early newspapers in small towns often had columns for local news, and taking the time to read through these columns, besides being entertaining, will often yield much information about the daily life of your ancestor.

The Archives has many newspapers from around the UP (and a few, very select Lower Peninsula newspapers) on microfilm. Below is a listing of cities and special topic newspapers for which we have microfilm with the years. Please note that there may be missing days, weeks, or even years within this date range and we cannot guarantee the quality of old microfilm.

  • Alger County 1888-1891
  • Belding 1903
  • Calumet 1896-1943
  • Dearborn 1914-1921
  • Detroit 1829-1840
  • Escanaba 1869-1923
  • Ewen 1919-1942
  • Fenwick 1903
  • Gladstone 1901-1930
  • Grand Marais 1899-1910; 1977
  • Hancock 1904-1916
  • Houghton 1862-1983
  • Iron Mountain 1889-1917
  • Ironwood 1913-1920
  • Ishpeming 1874-1953
  • L’Anse 1890-1982
  • Manistique 1880-1971
  • Marquette 1854-present
  • Martin 1916
  • Mason 1845-1846
  • Munising 1898-1939
  • Ontonagan 1890-1924
  • Saint Ignace 1887-1959

Native American Newspapers

  • Masinaigan 1983-2002
  • Nishnawbe News 1971-1982

Religious Newspapers

  • Our Sunday Visitor (Episcopal newspaper) 1946-1971
  • UP Catholic 1971-1980

General UP Newspapers

  • Cloverland Farmer (dates not listed on outside of microfilm reel)
  • Upper Peninsula Farmer (dates not listed on outside of microfilm reel)


In addition to our available newspapers, please feel welcome to access the Escanaba Public Library's database, as they have many indexed and searchable Escanaba newspapers for viewing.