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Free Missouri Historical Newspapers Online

This page represents 37 free historical newspapers spread out over the state of Missouri since its founding into the 1900’s. All of them have at least a partial online representation.

  • Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers
    Index to selected Missouri newspapers, compiled by The State Historical Society of Missouri. With the exception of the Liberty Tribune, which is available on Missouri Digital Heritage, the newspapers are not available online. Index entries include newspaper title, subject, description, and notes.
  • Bland Courier
    The Bland Courier started its long history on May 6, 1904 with W. F. Phelps as its editor and proprietor. The paper is still currently being published. This collection covers issues published from 1914-1924.
  • Bolivar Free Press
    The Bolivar Free Press was a weekly newspaper published at Bolivar, Mo. It was first published on June 04, 1868. This collection includes issues from 1868-1875.
  • Boonville Weekly Observer
    The Boonville Weekly Observer was a weekly newspaper published at Booville, MO. The paper ceased publication in 1861, ending its run due to the Civil War. This collection includes issues from 1854-1856.
  • Border Star Newspaper
    This collection includes issues of the Border Star newspaper published weekly in Westport, Missouri from the years 1858 to 1860, covering various concerns of Westport, especially slavery.
  • Brookfield Gazette
    The Brookfield Gazette was first published on April 23, 1867 and continued its run until January 20, 1927 when it merged with the Linn County Budget to form the Linn County Budget-Gazette. This collection includes issues from 1867-1874.
  • Brunswick Weekly Brunswicker
    The Weekly Brunswicker was published from 1853 to 1857. It was preceded by “The Brunswicker” and succeeded by “The Central City and Brunswicker”. This collection includes issues from 1854-1857.
  • Buffalo Reflex
    The Buffalo Reflex began publication in August 1869. Although it changed hands and politics often over the years, the Reflex maintained its presence in Buffalo, Mo. This collection includes issues from 1869-1873.
  • Butler Bates County Record
    The Bates County Record, the first paper established post-Civil War in Bates county, Missouri, presented its inaugural issue in 1866. This collection covers issues from 1868-1878.
  • Cape Girardeau Argus
    A weekly newspaper for Cape Girardeau, Missouri, published by W. H. Hamilton. The paper runs from June 18, 1863 through June 1, 1871, covering the Civil War era. The physical issues were bound into four volumes. Please note that there are two missing issues (May 26, 1864 and September 16, 1869) and that the issues from June 15, 1865 to July 27, 1865 have received conservation treatment.
  • Columbia Missourian
    This collection includes issues of the Columbia Missourian daily newspaper for the years 1908, 1909, 1929, 1966, and from January 2, 1966 through December 31,1985.
  • Daily Evening Herald and Commercial Advertiser
    The Daily Evening Herald was an early newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri. The materials in this collection cover June-October of 1835.
  • Far West
    The Far West newspaper was published weekly in Liberty, Missouri from August 11, 1836 to October 6, 1836.
  • Franklin County Observer
    The Franklin County Observer began publishing in 1861 in Washington, Mo. and ended 1926 when it was succeeded by the Washington Missourian. This collection covers issues published from 1893-1926.
  • Franklin County Tribune
    Dr. William Moore started the Franklin County Progress, which later became the Franklin County Tribune, in Union, Missouri on May 15, 1865. This collection covers issues published from 1899-1916.
  • Gasconade County Republican
    The Gasconade County Republican printed its first issue in 1905 in Owensville, Mo. This collection covers issues published from 1905-1922.
  • Hannibal Clipper
    The issues from this Hannibal, Missouri newspaper are from 1874-1875 and 1877.
  • Hannibal Courier-Post
    These images are from the October 1935 issues of this daily newspaper published in Hannibal, Missouri.
  • Hermann Advertiser and Advertiser-Courier
    The Advertiser-Courier printed its first issue in 1873 under the name of The Hermann Advertiser. This collection covers issues published from 1875-1922.
  • Liberty Tribune
    A newspaper from Clay County, Missouri covering the years 1846-1848, 1852-1867, 1869-1878, 1880, 1882, and 1883.
  • Lincoln University Clarion, 1935-1975
    Published weekly during the fall and spring semesters, the Lincoln Clarion is the student newspaper of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Begun in 1932, it continues to serve the campus community today.
  • M.S.U. Independent
    The M. S. U. Independent was an early newspaper in Columbia, Missouri issued by students of the University of Missouri (March 1894-Dec. 1895, by a society known as the M. S. U. Barb). It was named M. S. U. independent from March 3, 1894 to May 27, 1904 and later named The Independent. This collection covers March 3, 1894-May 27, 1905 with some issues missing.
  • Marthasville Record
    The first issue of the Marthasville Record was published in 1898 and the newspaper is still published today. This collection covers issues published from 1901-1922.
  • New Haven Leader
    The New Haven Leader has a long history, the first issue was published in 1895 and it is still being published today. This collection covers issues published from 1903-1918.
  • Pacific Transcript
    The Pacific Transcript is a weekly newspaper published at Pacific, Mo. This collection covers issues published from 1895-1921. Like most newspapers during World War One, the Pacific Transcript supported the war effort.
  • Phelps County New Era
    Missouri University of Science and Technology has digitized the Phelps County New Era for 1875-1878; issues are displayed here.
  • Rolla Express
    The Rolla Express newspaper was published from 1860 through 1875 in Rolla, Missouri. The bulk of the papers are from October 1860 through May 1863 and November 1872 through December 1873, with some missing issues. Issues are also available for July 17, 1865; June 17, 1867; June 27, 1868; and February 25, 1875.
  • Rolla New Era
    The Rolla New Era was a newspaper published weekly in Rolla, Missouri. It was previously published as Phelps County New Era until it changed name to Rolla New Era on April 13, 1878. This collection includes issues from April 1878 – March 1897.
  • St. Louis Christian Advocate
    The St. Louis Christian Advocate Newspaper was published weekly by a committee of ministers for the Methodist Episcopal Church South in St. Louis. This collection covers August 22, 1857 through October 22, 1879.
  • St. Louis Daily Missouri Republican, 1854-1869
    The Daily Missouri Republican was one of the few daily Missouri newspapers publishing continuously through the Civil War. A leading urban newspaper, it covered developments in St. Louis as well as major state news items and national politics.
  • St. Louis Palladium
    Issues from this African-American newspaper document St. Louis in 1904.
  • Sullivan News
    On June 10, 1910 Thomas E. Dotter published the first issue of the Sullivan News. This collection covers issues published from 1910-1950.
  • Sullivan Sentinel
    Thomas E. Dotter purchased the Sullivan Sentinel on January 1, 1899 from its founder, E. A. Pigg. In 1914 Sullivan Sentinel consolidated with Sullivan News. This collection covers issues published from 1901-1914.
  • Union Republican Headlight
    The Union Republican Headlight commenced on March 4, 1904 and was published every Friday. The paper ran from 1904 to 1919 when it consolidated with the Franklin County Tribune and became the Republican Tribune. This collection covers issues published from 1904-1919.
  • Union Republican Tribune
    The first issue of the Republican Tribune was published on March 7, 1919. The new paper was a consolidation of The Republican Headlight and The Franklin County Tribune. This collection covers issues published from 1919-1922.
  • Warrenton Banner
    The Warrenton Banner was one of the first papers in the area and it is still published today. The paper started in 1857 as The Nonpareil. It changed publishers and names several times before becoming the Warrenton Banner in 1890. This collection covers issues published from 1902-1924.
  • Washington Citizen
    The Washington Citizen presented its inaugural issue on August 25, 1905. The paper was published on Fridays and ran for almost 80 years. This collection covers issues published from 1905-1923.


The United States Newspaper collection provides links to digital newspapers which can be found online from the historical to modern day. While most of these are free to view and download, some may not. In this case we try to provide a $ sign after the link to let you know the newspaper is found on a subscription website. We also feature transcriptions from historical newspapers when available. Also see our United States obituary collections.

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