Great Lakes Newspaper Clipping Collection

Identifier: GLMS-0118

Collection Overview

Scope and Contents

The collection is an extensive congolmeration of numerous newspaper articles and extracts relating to Great Lakes maritime history, and represents the largest of such collections known. The majority of this collection consists of 555 binders of newspaper clippings regarding maritime news and events in the Great Lakes region from 1819-1987. A large number of American and Canadian titles are represented. Frequent ones to appear include the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Toledo Blade, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Chicago Tribune, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Duluth Herald, and their predecessor papers. Smaller runs of specific newspapers such as the Buffalo Courier and Toronto Evening Telegram are also present. A separate set of clippings from Buffalo newspapers from 1835-1910 provide a longitundinal view of the growth and development of the maritime trade in a major city. The collection is rounded out by runs of complete issues of the Toronto Globe, 1844-1869, and Toronto Daily Mail, 1872-1887, both on microfilm.


  • 1811-2017
  • Majority of material found within 1844-1987


98.5 Cubic Feet (555 volumes)

10 Cubic Feet (27 letter manuscript boxes)

256 Megabytes (1 CD-R)

313 Reels (313 reels of 35mm microfilm)


Conditions Governing Access

No known access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers using this collection assume full responsibility for conforming to the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright, and are responsible for securing permissions necessary for publication or reproduction.

Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Binders are arranged chronologically with each binder noting the date coverage of the clippings within. See series descriptions for arrangement within.

Related Materials

Batches and scrapbooks of Great Lakes maritime-related newspaper clippings are also present in a number of HCGL manuscript collections. You can search the catalog for "newspaper clippings".

The Chronlicing America project hosted by the Library of Congress features a large number of digitized public domain newspapers from around the Unites States, running up until the early 1920s.

Public domain issues of the Duluth Herald have been digitized by the Minnesota Historical Society and fully online and text-searchable.

Transcripts of a large number of historical newspaper articles, including Schooner Days are available and text-searchable on the website Maritime History of the Great Lakes.

Processing Information

Processing completed by student assistant Haley Hoffman from January-March 2020.



Guide to the Great Lakes Newspaper Clipping Collection
Mark Sprang, Haley Hoffman
July 2019, March 2020
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