Newspapers

The Saskatchewan Archives houses the largest available collection of Saskatchewan weekly newspapers, and many of the major Saskatchewan daily newspapers.  In most cases, these newspapers are available on microfilm, beginning with the Saskatchewan Herald (Battleford) which was first published in 1878.

Family historians may find a wealth of news in both daily and weekly newspapers, including:  notices of births, engagements, marriages, and deaths; local news features, including reports about sporting events, social events, and local politics, which may mention the names of family members; advertisements for family-run businesses; and “comings and goings” columns which were common in small town newspapers and documented when people left or returned from trips, when special guests came to visit, and other such topics of local interest highlighting variations from the day to day routine of town life.

Newspaper holdings are divided between the two Saskatchewan Archives offices by geographic location, although a few newspapers are available at both locations. To determine whether or not the Saskatchewan Archives has a newspaper for a particular community in Saskatchewan, please search Threshold using the community name or the name of the newspaper.  If you find a listing for a newspaper that you wish to access, please list the newspaper name, identifier number, reel number, and outside dates of interest.

Newspapers on microfilm may be viewed when you visit the archives in person.  Before your visit, you may want to confirm which of our two locations houses the microfilm that you want to view; if necessary, we can transfer up to 10 reels of weekly newspapers on microfilm by interoffice shipment provided we have received advance notice.

Weekly newspapers may also be borrowed by inter-library loan, which may be arranged through your local public or university library.  Please ask your librarian to send your interlibrary loan request by email to info@archives.gov.sk.ca.  Researchers may borrow up to three microfilm reels per request.  When making an interlibrary loan request for newspapers, please include the name of the newspaper, the Saskatchewan Archives identifier number, the reel number, and the outside dates for the reels that you wish to borrow.