The Provincial 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.

To determine whether or not the Provincial Archives has a newspaper for a particular community in Saskatchewan, please search our online catalogue 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.  

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 through our website contact form.  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 Provincial Archives identifier number, the reel number, and the outside dates for the reels that you wish to borrow.

The Saskatchewan Historic Newspapers Online collection has been created in collaboration between the Saskatchewan Archives and Sask History Online (SHO). The project when completed will see the digitization of newspapers from all across Saskatchewan from 1878 through to the mid 1960s. The first stage of the project focuses upon Saskatchewan newspapers published during the Great War period, from January 1914 through to the end of hostilities in 1918. This initial stage will ultimately include the equivalent of approximately 400 reels of microfilm from nearly 100 communities, making up over 200,000 pages of newsprint. The collection includes newspapers from communities across the province which were published in English, French, German, and Ukrainian.  Click here to visit the digitized newspaper collection. 

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