Michigan History Periodicals: Magazines, Historical Journals & Newspapers

The publications below are in two sections; ‘Magazines and Journals’, and ‘Newspapers’. See the right column for more info about this website.

Magazines and Journals

Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections

Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission
Vols. 1-40 (1874-1929)All Volumes|TOC Vols 1-31

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

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

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.


Alpena Weekly Argus

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

Michigan History Periodicals

The Big Rapids Current

Big Rapids, Mecosta Co.
Weekly. Feb 6, 1879 – Dec 23, 1885. Incomplete seriesGo to Newspaper

The Cass County Republican

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

Constantine Republican

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

Michigan History Periodicals

The Copper Country Evening News

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

Detroit Gazette

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

East Saginaw Courier

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

Michigan History Periodicals

The Genesee Whig

Flint, Genesee Co.
Weekly. 1850 to January 1854Go to Newspaper

Grand River Times

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

Marshall Statesman

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

Michigan History Periodicals

Michigan State Journal

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

The Michigan Tribune

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

The Owosso Times

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

Michigan History Periodicals

The Signal of Liberty

Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co.
Weekly, April, 1841 – Feb 5, 1848 Go to Newspaper

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

“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.”

South Haven Sentinel

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

The True Northerner

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

Michigan History Periodicals

The Weekly Michigan Argus

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

Ypsilanti Sentinel

Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Co.
Weekly. 1843- Apr 1848 Go to Newspaper

Newspaper Collections

Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal

Central Michigan University Library
Go to Collection

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

Michigan Online Historical Newspapers

Miriam J. Robbins
Go to Collection

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

Michigan History Periodicals

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

Go to Collection

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: Section 071.1 United States in Newspapers: Free Online Collections

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