Sister publications, the Duluth Evening Herald began publishing the news for the City of Duluth, Monday through Saturday evenings, in 1887. Six years later the same publishers began the Duluth News-Tribune, a morning paper published seven days a week. The two papers merged in 1982.
The online edition of the Duluth News-Tribune contains the current day's paper and a free "archive" of stories from the last seven days. Articles older than 7 days must be paid for. CSS community members may access DNT content at no charge by using the online access tabs on this page.
CSS community members also have access to the full-text of the Duluth News-Tribune from 1881-1922 through the Minnesota Historical Newspaper Collection.
The Duluth Public Library holds the complete run of the Duluth News Tribune and the Duluth Evening Herald on microfilm.
The Duluth Public Library has maintained "clipping" files for years - these are a simple, low-tech form of information organization. Articles of interest on a a topic are literally clipped out of the newspaper and kept in files.
Clipping Files & Industry Scrapbooks
Clipping files (or vertical files) are scrapbooks which have been compiled by librarians at the Duluth Public Library for over fifty years. Topics are related primarily to Duluth, with limited coverage of St. Louis County, Minnesota, and the Lake Superior Region. Subject matter can range from the cost of living to celebrities who have visited Duluth to the current state of the zebra mussel. Please ask for assistance at the Information Services Desk on the second floor.
Clipping files give immediate access to information on local topics and often are the only readily available access to local newspaper articles previous to 1978 (when librarians began indexing the Duluth News-Tribune). However, they should not be considered definitive. Items are placed loose in folders and these can be damaged or lost. They can, however, provide an important stepping stone to further research.
Essentially the same as the clipping files, the Industry Scrapbooks concentrate on local and regional businesses. Clippings are pasted onto paper and stored in three-ring binders. As with the clipping files, they are dependent on articles appearing in local papers and magazines. Some local businesses may not appear simply because nothing has been published about them. An index is available to help locate the appropriate binder. Please ask for assistance at the Information Services Desk on the second floor.
The Duluth Public Library maintains biography files on people from or with connections to the Duluth area and the state of Minnesota. Content can be as simple as an obituary or as detailed as several thick folders on someone such as Jeno Paulucci. Please ask for assistance at the Information Services Desk on the second floor.
Obituaries began appearing in the Duluth News-Tribune Index in the second half of 1986. In 1988 obituaries moved to the personal name index located in the back of each year's second volume.
The Duluth Public Library now features The Obituary Index, an online version of this index, going back to 1960.
If you are looking for a pre-1960 obituary, it is best to know the exact date of death. Your best place to start is the St. Louis County, Minnesota Death Records Index. There is also a Minnesota Death Index.
The following is a list of Duluth newspapers available on microfilm at the Duluth Public Library. A link is provided if the paper is available in the Minnesota Historical Newspaper Collection. All papers are available on microfilm at the Duluth Public Library.
|Commonwealth||1892 - 1896|
|Daily News||1886 - 1892|
|Daily Tribune||1881 - 1892|
|Duluth Budgeteer||1956 - date|
|Duluth Daily Star||1907 - 1909|
|Duluth Minnesotan||1869 - 1878|
|Guild Striker||1938 - 1938|
|Labor World||1896 - date|
|Lake Superior News||1878 - 1881|
|Rip-Saw||1917 - 1924|
|Truth||1917 - 1923|
|Weekly Herald||1889 - 1917|
|Weekly Tribune||1870 - 1918|