Regional Newspapers

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 will often yield much entertainment as well as information about the daily life of your ancestor. Even if the town that your ancestor lived in did not have a newspaper, try looking at newspapers from surrounding towns. They often had sections devoted to other towns.

The Archives has many newspapers from around the UP and a few issues of Lower Peninsula newspapers on microfilm. They are organized by Upper Peninsula counties and Lower Peninsula counties.

Below is a list of newspapers possessed by the NMU Archives. There may be missing days, weeks, or even years within the date ranges and the quality of the microfilm may be poor.

 

UPPER PENINSULA COUNTIES:

Alger

  • Alger County: Alger County Republican, 1888-1891; Alger County Democrat, 1891-1892
  • Grand Marais: The Grand Marais Herald, 1899-1910; Voyageurs’ Harbor, 1977
  • Munising: Munising Republican, 1898-1906; Munising News, 1898-1939; Lake Superior Breeze, 1906-1907; Cloverland Farmer, 1916-1923; Illustrated Wright’s Weekly, 1923-1928

Baraga

  • Baraga: The Baraga Review, 1899; Baraga County Republican, 1900; Baraga County Herald, 1929-1932
  • L’Anse: L’Anse Sentinel, 1890-1982

Chippewa

  • Sault Sainte Marie: The Evening News: Mackinac Bridge Edition, 1957

Delta

  • Escanaba: Escanaba Tribune, 1869-1877; Iron Port, 1877-1888; Delta, 1886-1890; Semi-weekly Iron Port and Calumet, 1891; Semi-weekly Iron Port, 1891-1892; Weekly Iron Port, 1892-1896; Iron Port, 1896-1910; Escanaba Daily Mirror, 1906-1924;
  • Gladstone: Gladstone Delta, 1901-1918; Delta County Reporter, 1917-1918; Delta County Reporter and the Gladstone Delta, 1918-1922; Delta Reporter, 1922-1930

Dickinson

  • Iron Mountain: Menominee Range, 1889-1891; Iron Range, 1891-1892; Range Tribune, 1892-1898; Daily Tribune, 1897-1899; Iron Mountain Press, 1897-1917
  • Norway: Norway Current, 1908-1933

Gogebic

  • Bessemer: Bessemer Herald, 1946
  • Ironwood: Ironwood News Record, 1913-1919; Ironwood Times, 1913-1920

Houghton

  • Calumet: Copper Country Evening News, 1896-1907; Calumet News, 1908-1937; Evening New-Journal, 1883-1943
  • Hancock: Hancock Evening Journal, 1901-1909; The Evening Copper, 1904; Evening Journal, 1909; Evening Copper Journal, 1909-1916
  • Houghton: Mining Gazette, 1862-1863; Portage Lake Mining Gazette, 1864-1897; Daily Mining Gazette, 1899-1920; Michigan Tech Lode, 1972-1983
  • Laurium: Il Minatore Italiano, 1908-1928
  • Sidnaw: Sidnaw Journal, 1899; Sidnaw Record, 1899-1900

Mackinac

  • Saint Ignace: Saint Ignace News, 1887-1897; Saint Ignace Democrat, 1888; Saint Ignace Republican, 1893; Republican News, 1910-1933; Saint Ignace Enterprise, 1913-1933; Republican News and Saint Ignace Enterprise, 1933-1959

Marquette

  • Ishpeming: Iron Home, 1874; Iron Ore: The Weekly Agitator, 1879-1886; Iron Ore, 1886-1951; Reflector, 1951-1953; Iron Ore and Reflector, 1951-1952
  • Marquette: Lake Superior News and Miners Journal, 1846; Lake Superior News and Mining Journal, 1847-1849; Lake Superior Journal, 1850-1860; Lake Superior Mining Journal, 1865; Lake Superior News and Journal, 1865; Marquette Mining Journal, 1868-present; Marquette Evening News, 1907-1908; The Sunday Sun, 1977-1978; Marquette Monthly, 1987-2013
  • Marquette County: Aurora Newsletter (LGBT news), 1990-1996; The Local Truth (United Steel Workers of America Locals 4950 (Empire Mine) and 4974 (Tilden Mine)), 1996-2001
  • Negaunee: Negaunee Iron Herald, 1873-1968

Ontonagon

  • Ewen: Cloverland Press, 1919-1925, 1932-1942
  • Ontonagon: Ontonagon Herald, 1890-1924; The Valley Independent, 1906

Schoolcraft

  • Manistique: Schoolcraft County Pioneer, 1880-1885; Semi-Weekly Pioneer, 1885-1886, 1892-1895; Manistique Tri-weekly Pioneer, 1887-1892; Sunday Morning Star, 1890-1891; Saturday Morning Star, 1891; Weekly Tribune, 1893; Manistique Tribune, 1893, 1896; Manistique Democrat, 1895-1896; Manistique Courier, 1896-1899; Manistique Pioneer-Tribune, 1896-1971; Courier-Record, 1919-1920
  • Schoolcraft: The Orange Visitor, 1881; The Grange Visitor, 1884

 

LOWER PENINSULA:

Allegan

  • Allegan County: Allegan County Democrat, 1879
  • Martin: The Martin Review, 1916

Bay

  • Bay City: Bay City Democrat, 1921

Berrien

  • Buchanan: Michigan Independent, 1885
  • Niles: Niles Daily Republican, 1880

Branch

  • Quincy: Quincy Times, 1877, 1880; Branch County Democrat, 1880

Calhoun

  • Albion: Albion Mirror, 1879
  • Battle Creek: Battle Creek Journal, 1864
  • Camp Custer: Custer Life, 1918-1919
  • Marshall: The Democratic Expounder, 1879

Cass

  • Cassopolis: National Democrat, 1875

Charlevoix

  • Charlevoix: Charlevoix Courier, 1904

Clinton

  • DeWitt: DeWitt Motor, 1896

Eaton

  • Eaton: Eaton Bugle, 1845

Emmet

  • Harbor Springs: The Standard, 1896
  • Mackinaw City: Mackinaw Witness, 1892-1899
  • Petoskey: The Daily Resorter, 1892

Genesee

  • Flint: Genesee Republican, 1846; Saturday Evening Red Ribbon Journal, 1877

Hillsdale

  • Hillsdale: Hillsdale Democrat, 1881
  • Jonesville: Hillsdale County Gazette, 1841
  • Litchfield: Litchfield Gazette, 1880, 1908
  • Montgomery: The Montgomery Record, 1930

Huron

  • Bad Axe: Bad Axe Democrat, 1911
  • Huron County: The Huron Censer, 1881; Huron County Independent, 1916
  • Ubly: The Ubly Courier, 1911

Ingham

  • Lansing: The Independent, 1870; The Torpedo, 1884; Michigan Republican, 1921
  • Mason: Ingham Herald, 1845-1846
  • Williamston: Williamston Enterprise, 1880

Ionia

  • Belding: The Daily Bee, 1903
  • Hubbardston: The Advertiser, 1880
  • Ionia: Ionia Journal, 1843; Ionia Gazette, 1859
  • Muir: Grand River Herald, 1877

Jackson

  • Brooklyn: Brooklyn Exponent, 1881
  • Grass Lake: Grass Lake News, 1880
  • Jackson: The Evening Courier, 1885-1886; The Industrial News, 1892, 1901; Jackson Sunday Patriot, 1910

Kent

  • Grand Rapids: Grand River Times, 1837; Grand Rapids Enquirer, 1850; The Workman, 1885
  • Sparta: Sparta Sentinel, 1881

Lenawee

  • Blissfield: Blissfield Advance, 1879
  • Deerfield: Deerfield Record, 1881
  • Tecumseh: The Tecumseh Herald, 1879

Livingston

  • Brighton: Brighton Citizen, 1880; Brighton Weekly Argus, 1881
  • Livingstone: Livingstone Democrat, 1857

Macomb

  • Macomb: Macomb Statesman, 1837
  • Romeo: Romeo Weekly Observer, 1872

Manistee

  • Manistee: Manistee Independent, 1880

Midland

  • Coleman: Coleman Advocate, 1885

Monroe

  • Dundee: Dundee Reporter, 1879; Dundee Ledger, 1881
  • Milan: Milan Morning Sun, 1881
  • Monroe: Monroe Commercial, 1879; Monroe Monitor, 1880; Monroe Index, 1881

Montcalm

  • Fenwick: The Fenwick News, 1903
  • Greenville: Daily News, 1879

Oakland

  • Pontiac: The Pontiac Jacksonian, 1869; Living Issues, 1893
  • South Lyon: South Lyon Herald, 1879; The Excelsior, 1881

Otsego

  • Otsego County: Otsego County Herald, 1878

Ottawa

  • Grand Haven: Ottawa Clarion, 1858

Presque Isle

  • Onaway: Onaway Inter-Lake, 1905

Saginaw

  • Saginaw: The Saginawian, 1879; The Exponent, 1907

Saint Clair

  • Fort Gratiot: The Weekly Enterprise, 1881
  • Saint Clair: Saint Clair Republican, 1879

Saint Joseph

  • Centreville: Crusader, 1879
  • Three Rivers: The Daily Commercial Hustler, 1910

Sanilac

  • Croswell: Croswell Democrat, 1881

Shiawassee

  • Bancroft: Bancroft Bulletin, 1880
  • Byron: Byron Centre Review, 1903
  • Durand: Durand Express, 1888-1895; Durand Evening Express, 1900;
  • Ovid: Ovid Register, 1879; Clinton and Shiawassee Union, 1881
  • Owosso: Owosso Crusader, 1874; Shiawassee Republican, 1880

Tuscola

  • Cass City: Cass City Chronicle, 1911, 1942
  • Vassar: Tuscola County Reporter/Pioneer, 1857, 1892, 1899, 1903; Vassar Times, 1900, 1902; Tuscola County Pioneer Times, 1930; The Vassar Journal, 1931-1932

Washtenaw

  • Manchester: Manchester Enterprise, 1879
  • Saline: Saline Standard, 1878; Saline Observer, 1880

Wayne

  • Bellville: Bellville Mirador, 1881
  • Dearborn: Dearborn Independent, 1914-1921
  • Detroit: Michigan Essay, or, the Impartial Observer, 1809; North-western Journal, 1829-1830; Detroit Journal and Michigan Advertiser, 1830-1832; Detroit Courier, 1830-1834; Democratic Free Press, 1833-1834; The Spy in Michigan, 1837; Spirit of ’76 and Theller’s Weekly Republican Advocate, 1839-1840; The Peninsular Freeman, 1851; Michigan Free Democrat, 1853; The Shrapnel, 186?; L’Impartial, 1869; Rose’s Nose, 1877; Truth for the People, 1877-1879; The Echo, 1879; Michigan Sun, 1879; The Public Leader, 1879; Every Saturday, 1880; Chaff, 1881; The Lever, 1881; Sunday Herald, 1881; The Center, 1886, Wayne County Courier, 1890; Detroit Journal, 1899-1902; Truth, 1901-1905; The Sunday Star, 1924; Detroit Weekend Mirror, 1932
  • Wayne County: Wayne Pigeon Republican and Saint Joseph County Advertiser, 1840; Wayne County Review, 1879; Wayne County Tidings, 1879

 

OUTSIDE MICHIGAN/OTHER NEWSPAPERS:

  • Chicago: The American Sheep Breeder and Wool Grower, 1903

 

NMU Newspapers

  • Northern Normal News, 1919-1933
  • Northern College News, 1933-1959
  • Northern News,1959-1972
  • Cogito, 1967
  • Campus Mirror, 1969
  • Peace, 1969
  • Student Action, 1969
  • Zaca, 1969-1970
  • University Free Press, 1971
  • Black and White Bi-Monthly, 1972
  • Northern Michigan University Press, 1972
  • Campus Review, 1972-1977
  • North Wind, 1972-2013
  • Northern News-Review, 1978-1987

 

Religious Newspapers

  • Our Sunday Visitor (Episcopal), 1946-1971
  • Hiawathaland (Northern Michigan Episcopal Diocese), 1952-present
  • UP Catholic, 1971-1980

 

General UP Newspapers

  • Upper Peninsula Farmer, 1913-1916

 

Native American Newspapers

  • Au-Authm Action News: The People's Paper, 1992
  • Bay Mills News: Gnoozhekaaning Bidajimowin (Bay Mills Indian Community), 1999-2007
  • Beedaudjimowin: A Voice for First Nations, 1991
  • The Circle: Native American News and Arts, 1999
  • Indian Country Today: The Nations' Leading American Indian News Source, 2000-2006
  • Kalihwisaks (Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), 2000-2007
  • Lac du Flambeau News (Lac du Flambeau Reservation, WI), 2000-2006
  • Masinaigan (Odanah, WI), 1983-2002
  • Menominee Tribal News (Menominee Tribe of Michigan and Wisconsin), 1990-1999
  • News from Indian Country, 1996-2006Nishnawbe News (Marquette, MI), 1971-1982
  • News from the Sloughs (Bad River Reservation, WI), 2001-2004
  • New Voices: News from a Native Youth Perspective, 1999
  • Ojibwe Akiing, 2000
  • Ojibwe News, 1999
  • Potawatomi Traveling Times (Forest County, WI), 2000-2001
  • Red Cliff News, 2004
  • Seminole Tribune (Seminole Tribe of Florida), 1990-1993
  • Tekawennake: Six Nations-New Credit Reporter (Ohsweken, Ontario), 1987-1989
  • Unity News: United National Indian Tribal Youth, 2003
  • Win Awenen Nisitotung: Official Newspaper of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Sault Saint Marie, MI), 1994-2017
  • Giikendaam Chiwiikwegamag (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, L’Anse, MI), 2005-2007
  • The Tribal Observer (Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan), 2006-2007

 

In addition to our available newspapers, the Escanaba Public Library's database has many indexed and searchable Escanaba newspapers for viewing.

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