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Wisconsin Historical Society Newspaper Collections : Chronicling America

Information about the newspapers at the Wisconsin Historical Society and beyond.

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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 Katie Poland for more information.

Portrait of Robert Stephen Goddertz, a Wisconsin State Journall newspaper delivery boy, wearing a large delivery bag and extending a newspaper toward the camera. WHI ID 54821

Portrait of Robert Stephen Goddertz, a Wisconsin State Journal newspaper delivery boy, wearing a large delivery bag and extending a newspaper toward the camera. WHI ID 54821

Wisconsin Newspapers and Chronicling America

The Wisconsin Historical Society is part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to provide access to historic newspaper published between 1789 and 1963. 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.

The Society has digitized over 300,000 pages of newspapers providing a diverse geographic, social, and political picture of the state. As Wisconsin newspapers appear in Chronicling America, they will be linked below.

How to use Chronicling America

Searching the Newspapers

Searching the text of newspapers is as easy as typing words in the search field, but the website also boasts powerful search tools that can help you search by language, location, or ethnicity--and more! Chronicling America has guides to basic and advanced searching for the newspapers and their content. 

For short tutorials in video format, Using Chronicling America Podcast Series will help you get started, while Chronicling America Search Strategy Videos dig deeper into advanced searching.

Clipping and Saving Content

Clipping, saving, and editing content from Chronicling America is easy and can add visual impact to presentations, papers, and projects. See NDNP Podcast 9 - How Do I Print And Save Images? for step-by-step instructions on clipping, printing, or saving content. Saved files can be opened in many applications and edited. 

Wisconsin Newspapers in Chronicling America

Newspaper Dates Digitized
Ashland Chronicle 1916
Baraboo News 1904-1911
Baraboo Weekly News 1912-1925
Danskeren 1899-1920
Der Herold 1890
Der Sonntagsbote und der Seebote 1912-1922
Der Sonntagsbote 1906-1912
Dodgeville Chronicle 1862-1876
Eagle River Democrat 1895-1896
Eagle River Review 1890-1925
Grant County Herald 1843-1844
Iowa County Democrat 1877-1922
Iron County News 1913-1925
Kenosha Telegraph and Tribune 1859-1860
Kenosha Telegraph 1850-1854
The Kenosha Telegraph 1860-1888
Kenosha Tribune & Telegraph 1856-1859
Kenosha Tribune and Telegraph 1855
La Nostra Terra 1904-1911
Ladysmith News and Ingram News 1905-1906
Ladysmith News-Budget 1907-1922
The Ladysmith News 1905
Ladysmith News 1906-1907
Manitowoc Pilot 1859-1922
Manitowoc Tribune 1867-1878
Milwaukee Herold 1890-1895
Mineral Point Tribune 1854-1858
Mineral Point Tribune (2nd) 1869-1922
Mineral Point Weekly Tribune 1859-1868
Nord Stern 1900-1921
Northern Wisconsin Advertiser 1899-1922
Odanah Star 1912-1916
Our Land = La Nostra Terra 1913
Pokrok 1874-1876
Prescott Journal 1861-1871
River Falls Journal 1872-1925
The River Falls Journal 1857-1861
River Falls Times 1896-1925
Southport Telegraph 1840-1850
Superior Times 1870-1910
Telegraph-Courier 1888-1925
Tribune and Telegraph 1855-1856
Uusi Kotimaa 1906-1922
Vernon County Censor 1898-1922
Vilas County News 1896-1925
Washburn Times 1899-1922
Watertown Leader 1909-1911
Watertown News 1917-1919
Watertown Republican 1860-1906
Watertown Weekly Leader 1906-1908
Wausau Pilot 1900-1922
Wauwatosa News 1900-1922
Weekly Watertown Leader 1908-1909
Wisconsin Herald, and Grant County Advertiser 1844-1845
Wisconsin Herald 1846-1849
Wisconsin Tobacco Reporter 1899-1922
Wisconsin Tribune 1847-1854
Wisconsin Weekly Blade 1916-1922
Wood County Reporter 1858-1922
Zgoda = Unity 1893-1901

Locations of newspapers digitized as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program.


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Choosing Newspapers

The newspapers digitized for each grant cycle of Chronicling America are chosen by an advisory board, composed of librarians, scholars, and industry representatives from across the state. The board first decides on a theme for the cycle and proposes newspapers that fit the theme. After determining which have microfilm master copies with good enough quality to produce digital files, the board votes on the final titles and dates that will be digitized.