Missouri Digital Newspapers

The State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to present a growing collection of digitized historic newspapers. These images are freely available to the public and are keyword searchable.

Search Digital Newspapers

Select Missouri newspapers hosted by Newspapers.com are freely available to view and search.  Additional digitized newspapers are available by visiting a SHSMO research center or through the Newspapers.com website. 

Search Instructions: Add keywords, dates, and/or location to the search box on the homepage.  To search for a specific paper, click on the "Papers" tab.  Alternatively, click on the "Browse" tab to view all available titles for a town.  When viewing a paper, save a copy by clicking on "Print/Download."

Search Chronicling America

Digitized newspapers are also available through the Library of Congress's Chronicling America website, which includes free historic newspapers from all states and U.S. territories in its collection.

The Missouri Digital Newspaper Program was created to coordinate the digitization of historic Missouri newspapers. Our goal is to provide a freely searchable database of historic Missouri newspapers from every county. By partnering in the Missouri Digital Newspaper Project, the State Historical Society of Missouri will provide:

  • Project management
  • Newspaper or microfilm analysis
  • Vendor coordination for digitization and data creation
  • Quality control of data and images
  • Integration of content into the Missouri Digital Newspaper site

Please contact  research@shsmo.org if you are interested in partnering in the Missouri Digital Newspaper Project.

Project Partner List


  • Bethany Printing
  • Clarence Courier
  • Clinton Daily Democrat
  • The Current Local
  • Democrat Argus
  • Enterprise-Courier
  • The Excelsior
  • Gasconade County Republican
  • The Hopkins Journal
  • Lakeway Publishers
  • Macon Chronicle Herald
  • Marion County Standard
  • Marthaville Record
  • Pearl Publishing
  • The Press-News Journal and Lewis County Press, LLC
  • The Savanna Reporter
  • Shelby County Herald
  • Steele Enterprise
  • Washington Missourian
  • Neighborhood News
  • Vernon Publishing
  • Wheaton Journal

Libraries and Historical Societies

  • Barry-Lawrence Regional Library
  • Belton Historical Society
  • Cameron Public Library
  • Carter County Library
  • Caruthersville Public Library
  • Cedar County Library
  • Curtis Laws Wilson Library – University of Missouri Science & Technology
  • Dallas County Library
  • De Soto Public Library
  • Downtown Marceline
  • Gentry County Library
  • Heartland Regional Library
  • Henry County Library
  • Hickory County Library
  • Jefferson County Library
  • Keller Public Library
  • Lebanon-LeClede County Library
  • Lincoln University
  • Macon Public Library
  • Marion County Library District – Palmyra
  • Marshall Public Library
  • Mercantile Library – University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Mississippi County Library District
  • Missouri History Museum
  • Missouri State Library
  • New Madrid County Library
  • Palmyra Library District
  • Park Hills Public Library
  • Poplar Bluff Municipal Library
  • Ray County Museum
  • Scenic Regional Library
  • Schulyer County Library District
  • Shelbina Carnegie Public Library
  • St. Charles City-County Library
  • St. Joseph Public Library
  • St. Louis Public Library
  • William Jewell College Curry Library/William E. Partee Center

The Missouri Digital Newspaper Project has been made possible through the support of the following organizations: