There are about 750 newspapers that have been published in the Gem State - certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it - find your Idaho ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives.
Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time - so if there is a dead link - please use your favorite search engine to find their new location.
(Updated March, 2017)
Chronicling America - Idaho
- Bannock City, I.T. [Idaho City, Idaho], 1863-1864 - Boise news.
- Blackfoot, Idaho, 1907-1918 - The Blackfoot optimist.
- Blackfoot, Idaho, 1918-1930 - The Bingham County news.
- Boise, Idaho, 1901-1927 - Evening capital news.
- Boise, Idaho, 1913-1914 - Idaho labor herald.
- Boise, Idaho, 1914-1917 - The Gem worker and the Idaho labor herald.
- Caldwell, Idaho Territory [Idaho], 1883-1928 - The Caldwell tribune.
- Challis, Idaho, 1912-current - The Challis messenger.
- Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 1892-1907 - The Coeur d'Alene press.
- Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 1906-1907 - The Coeur d'Alene press.
- Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 1907-1929 - Coeur d'Alene evening press.
- Cottonwood, Idaho, 1893-1901 - Cottonwood report.
- Cottonwood, Idaho, 1901-1917 - Camas Prairie chronicle.
- Cottonwood, Idaho, 1917-current - Cottonwood chronicle.
- Grangeville, Idaho Territory, 1886-current - Idaho County free press.
- Hailey, Idaho, 1882-1915 - Wood River times.
- Idaho City, Boise County, Idaho Territory, 1867-1868 - Idaho semi-weekly world.
- Idaho City, Idaho Territory, 1864-1918 - The Idaho world.
- Idaho City, Idaho Territory, 1875-1908 - Idaho semi-weekly world.
- Idaho City, Idaho, 1875-1875 - Idaho tri-weekly world.
- Kendrick, Idaho, 1892-1968 - The Kendrick gazette.
- Lewiston, Idaho, 1900-1900 - Lewiston evening teller.
- Lewiston, Idaho, 1900-1901 - Lewiston daily teller.
- Lewiston, Idaho, 1900-1905 - The Lewiston teller.
- Lewiston, Idaho, 1903-1911 - Lewiston evening teller.
- Lewiston, Idaho, 1905-1906 - Lewiston inter-state news.
- Lewiston, North Idaho, 1876-1878 - The teller.
- Lewiston, North Idaho, 1878-1900 - Lewiston teller.
- Montpelier, Idaho, 1895-1937 - Montpelier examiner.
- Mountain Home, Idaho, 1888-1889 - Mountain Home bulletin.
- Newport, Wash., 1899-current - The Newport miner.
- Orofino, Idaho, 1912-1922 - Clearwater Republican.
- Rathdrum, Idaho, 1895-1903 - The Silver blade.
- Rathdrum, Idaho, 1899-1903 - Kootenai County Republican.
- Rathdrum, Idaho, 1903-1963 - The Rathdrum tribune.
- Rocky Bar, Idaho, 1889-1906 - Elmore bulletin.
- Salmon City, Idaho, 1886-1927 - The Idaho recorder.
- St. Anthony, Idaho, 1899-1904 - The Teton peak.
- St. Anthony, Idaho, 1904-1952 - The Teton peak-chronicle.
Eastern Idaho Newspapers 1904-1939
- The Ashton Herald
- The Marysville Republican
- The Teton Peak-Chronicle
Twin Falls Newspapers, 1904-1922
- Idaho Citizen
- Twin Falls Chronicle
- Twin Falls Daily News
- Twin Falls Daily Times
- Twin Falls Idaho Evening Times
- Twin Falls News
- Twin Falls Telegram
- Twin Falls Times
- Twin Falls Times News
- Twin Falls Weekly News
County and Library Collections
Marshall Public Library
Bear Lake County
Bear Lake County Library
- News Examiner
- Montpelier Examiner
- The Paris Post
- Bear Lake County News
- Daily News
- South Idaho Independent
- The Bear Lake Democrat
- Bear Lake Booster
- The Paris Review
- Bear Lake Gazette
- The Montpelier Examiner
- The Bear Lake County News
Burley Public Library
- Burley Bulletin
- Burley Herald
- Cassia County Courier
- Rupert Pioneer
- Rupert Pioneer Record
- Southern Idaho Advocate
Elk River Free Library
East Bonner County
East Bonner County District Library
- Bonner County Daily Bee
- Bonner County Democrat
- Daily Bee
- Daily Bulletin
- Daily Bulletin And Pend Oreille Review
- Daily Panidan
- Kootenai County Republican
- Lewis County Herald
- Northern Idaho News
- Panhandle Citizen
- Pend D Oreille News
- Pend Oreille Review
- Pend Oreille Review And The Daily Bulletin
- Sandpoint Bulletin
- Sandpoint Daily Bee
- Sandpoint News Bulletin
- Sandpoint News Bulletin Bee
- Sandpoint News-Bulletin And The Sandpoint Bee
- The Sandpoint News Bulletin
- The Sandpoint News Bulletin And The Sandpoint Bee
Franklin County Library District
- Preston Citizen
- Franklin County Citizen
- Preston News
- Fruitland Banner
- Cache Valley Clarion
- Preston Booster
- Southeastern Advocate
- Sugar City Times
- Preston Standard
- Idaho Enterprise
- Cache Valley News
Hayden Community Library Network
The Salmon Public Library
- Recorder Herald
- The Recorder Herald
- The Idaho Recorder
- The Salmon Herald
- The Lemhi Herald
- The Lemhi Republic
- Idaho Hydraulic Gold Miner
- Burley Bulletin
- The Boise County Sentinel
- The Idaho Young Democrat
- Gowen Field Beacon
- The Boise Weekly Reminder
- The Hoot Owl
- The Idaho Guardsman
- The Sabrejet Times
- The Union Label
- The Semi-Weekly Mining News
- Inter-Camp Sporting News
- Payette Lake Star
Armoral Tuttle Public Library
The Valley of The Tetons District Library
Small Town Papers
- The Aberdeen Times Aberdeen, Idaho
- The Adams County Record Council, Idaho
- The Genesee News Genesee, Idaho
- Island Park News Island Park, Idaho
- Kuna Melba News Kuna, Idaho
- The Latah Eagle Potlatch, Idaho
- The Long Valley Advocate Cascade, Idaho
- The News-Examiner Montpelier, Idaho
- The Power County Press American Falls, Idaho
- The Preston Citizen Preston, Idaho
- Weiser Signal American Weiser, Idaho
- The Current Journal
- The Rexburg Standard
- The Rexburg Journal
- The Rexburg Standard Journal
Idaho Falls Newspapers
- The Idaho Register
- Idaho Falls Daily Post
- The Times Register
- Daily Post
- Post Register
Old Fulton Postcards
- Twin Falls ID Times News 1942-1984
Eastern Idaho Death Index (Obituary index)
Boise Obituary Index
Gooding County obituary index (1946–1947, 1980–2011)
The Olden Times - Idaho
Other Free Sites:
(Recent changes in the Google News Archive has diminished the capability to search newspapers published prior to 1970). A few of these below are in the Google News Archive.)
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 20 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry - Idaho Newspapers
There are currently 34 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank - Idaho Newspapers
There are currently 21 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive - Idaho
There are currently 7 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com - Idaho.
Links to Follow:
There are several ways to keep up with new collections as they are digitized and made available online. Two of my favorites:
- Historical Newspapers Online from the University of Pennsylvania
- Historical U.S. Newspapers Online from Bowling Green State University
You also need to visit the Idaho State Archives site from time to time, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to online or other format newspaper availability.
Please note - even more may be available via a local or state library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.
Good luck and happy hunting!
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