Old Newspapers from Michigan – Michigan History Journal Archives


Free Online Newspaper collections and journals for Michigan history. Includes the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections, Michigan History Magazine 1917-1922, individual newspaper archives and three portals to digital newspapers. The publications below are in two sections; ‘Magazines and Journals’, and ‘Newspapers’.

Find the Directory for 90+ pages in this collection at History of the Great Lakes States.

 

Magazines and Journals

Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections – All Volumes

TOC Vols 1-31

Vols. 1-40 (1874-1929)
Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission

Publication History:

1876-1886 (Volumes 1- 9): Pioneer Collections. Lansing : Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan.
1886-1912 (Volumes 10-38): Historical Collections. Lansing : Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society.
1915 and 1929 (Volumes 39 and 40): Michigan Historical Collections. Lansing : Michigan Historical Commission.

In fact this periodical never had the title Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections, but that name is commonly used now. The first seven volumes are made up mainly of pioneer reminiscences, biographical sketches and memorials, and proceedings of local pioneer societies. In 1886 the Collections began to publish a large body of documents.

A complete “Table of Contents” for volumes 1 through 31 can be found at the second link, in the Bibliography of American Historical Societies.

Michigan History Magazine

Vol 1-7 (1917-1922)
Michigan Historical Commission and the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society

The magazine was a quarterly. Each of volumes 1-7 contains a table of contents at the front and an index in back covering all four numbers within.




Newspapers

Alpena Weekly Argus

Weekly. Vol. 1, no. 1 (June 29, 1871) -Vol. 22, no. 25 (Jan. 4, 1893)
Alpena, Alpena Co.

The Big Rapids Current

Weekly. Feb 6, 1879 – Dec 23, 1885. Incomplete series
Big Rapids, Mecosta Co.

The Cass County Republican

Weekly. May 6, 1858 – Apr 14, 1864, with a few scattered issues until Aug 1880
Dowagiac, Cass Co.

Constantine Republican

Weekly. July 13, 1836 – Aug 1, 1838
Constantine, St. Joseph Co.

The Copper Country Evening News

Daily. Jan 4, 1896 – July 30, 1898
Calumet, Houghton Co.

Collection of Documents & Records in Michigan History

Detroit Gazette

Weekly, August 1, 1817 to March 20, 1828
Detroit, Wayne Co.

East Saginaw Courier

Weekly. Aug 4, 1859 – Dec 6, 1866. Also an issue of June 16, 1859
East Saginaw, Saginaw Co.

The Genesee Whig

Weekly. 1850 to January 1854
Flint, Genesee Co.

Grand River Times

Weekly, July 1851- Oct 1857
Grand Haven, Ottawa Co.

Marshall Statesman

Weekly. July 30 1856 – August 17, 1859
Marshall, Calhoun Co.

Books and articles on Local, City, and County History in Michigan

Michigan State Journal

Weekly. April 1841 – July 1845
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co.

The Michigan Tribune

Weekly. Oct 20, 1871 – Dec 31, 1874
Battle Creek, Calhoun Co.

The Owosso Times

Weekly. Mar 31, 1882 – Feb 19, 1897
Owosso, Shiawassee Co.

The Signal of Liberty

Weekly, April, 1841 – Feb 5, 1848
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co.
“Antislavery Society: The founding meeting of the Michigan Antislavery Society was held in the First Presbyterian Church, located on this site [southwest corner E. Huron and Division Streets], on November 10, 1836. Delegates from six counties elected officers and adopted fourteen resolutions denouncing slavery. This convention led to the establishment in Jackson in 1839 of the American Freeman, the state’s first antislavery newspaper and its successor, Ann Arbor’s Signal of Liberty, in 1841.”

The Michigan History Division placed a marker on the site of the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor with this information:

South Haven Sentinel

Weekly. Jan 18, 1868 – Feb 7, 1874; Feb 15, 1879 – Feb 7, 1903 (some years missing)
South Haven, Van Buren Co.

Books and articles on Michigan Economic History

The True Northerner

Weekly. Jan 14, 1858 – Feb 8, 1901
Paw Paw, Van Buren Co.

The Weekly Michigan Argus

Weekly. Jan 5, 1855 – Jun 29, 1860
Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co.

Ypsilanti Sentinel

Weekly. 1843- Apr 1848
Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Co.




Newspaper Collections

Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal

Central Michigan University Library

Links to many online Michigan newspapers, at both paid and free sites.

Michigan Online Historical Newspapers

Miriam J. Robbins

A list of some Michigan newspapers that are online, with links.

Books and articles on Politics & Government in historic Michigan

The Ancestor Hunt – United States Online Historical Newspaper Links – Michigan

The Ancestor Hunt is a very large site with a page of newspaper links for each U.S. state. The Michigan page has links to many newspapers, organized by county and city.

For more online collections of U.S. historical newspapers, see: Free Newspaper Archives


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