The Minneapolis Spokesman, 1934-June 1964, and the St. Paul Recorder, 1934-1941, can now be found in the Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub thanks to a partnership with MNHS and the Spokesman-Recorder newspapers.
Civil rights activist and businessman Cecil E. Newman launched the MSR in August 1934 as two separate papers: the Minneapolis Spokesman and the St. Paul Recorder before it merged into one single news publication in 2007. Today, the MSR is helmed by his granddaughter, Tracey Williams-Dillard, who serves as CEO/Publisher.
“This historical resource is the only place where you are going to find Black history then and now,” said Williams-Dillard. “Having our paper available online from its very beginning in 1934 is a great resource and we want to make sure people use it.”
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder is the oldest Black-owned newspaper in the state of Minnesota and one of the longest-standing, family-owned newspapers in the country.
The later years of the St. Paul Recorder through 1963, and the Twin-City Herald will be going into the Hub over the next few months. MNHS also plans to digitize the Timely Digest, which would round out the publications produced by Newman, founder of the Spokesman-Recorder newspapers.
The Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub is a searchable website from the Minnesota Historical Society that makes millions of pages of Minnesota newspapers available online. The Hub contains geographically and culturally diverse newspapers published between 1849 and today, with new content added regularly.
The digitized Minneapolis Spokesman, St. Paul Recorder, and Twin City Herald newspapers will also be made available in Chronicling America, the Library of Congress’s online newspaper website. This project was funded by a National Digital Newspaper Program grant provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.
The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves, and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs, and publishing.
Find more info at mnhs.org.
—Information provided in part by the Minnesota Historical Society.