Montana Historical Society

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Digitized Montana Newspapers

The Montana Historical Society retired its Montana Newspapers website ( Users visiting that website will be redirected here. All content previously available on Montana Newspapers and some additional, newly digitized newspapers are now accessible for free via our Public Access Portal.

Our digitized newspapers are available online via our Public Access Portal, Chronicling America, and various other sites.

We have the most digitized newspapers available through our Onsite Portal, accessed in person at the Library & Archives Reference Room.

View our newspapers index, available as a PDF or XLSX, to find out what newspapers are available and where to access them.

Newspapers Index (PDF) Newspapers Index (XLSX) Public Access Portal Logo

The most comprehensive free, online source of digitized Montana newspapers with nearly 2.5 million pages from over 150 newspapers, spanning 1864-2018. More newspaper issues are available each year as they enter the public domain.


Chronicling America

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Free access to over 450,000 pages in more than 100 Montana newspapers from 1864-1963. Many of the newspapers are also available via the Public Access Portal. Onsite Portal:

Patrons visiting the Montana Historical Society can access over 12.5 million pages from over 1,000 newspapers covering 1864-present. The newspapers are available for free in person from one of the public PCs in the Library & Archives Reference Room. Please note that we are currently closed to the public for the renovation of our building, and access to our Onsite Portal and the Reference Room will begin when we reopen in fall 2025.


Montana newspapers on other sites: