During World War II, Missourians found detailed information about the war in newspapers. They learned of the attack on Pearl Harbor, D-Day, other battles won and lost, the dropping of the atomic bomb, and the atrocities committed in Germany and elsewhere. Alongside news of marriages, crime, local events, and civic affairs, local papers posted lists of casualties and the names of those serving, at times even printing letters home from soldiers.
Papers provided the public with much-needed information about rationing and shortages, bond and donation drives, air raids, and the draft. The State Historical Society of Missouri’s newspapers from World War II provide a detailed record of how the war was viewed from local, national, and international perspectives, and how it affected the daily lives of Missourians.
For a list of all digitized newspapers, visit the Missouri Digital Newspaper Project.
For a list of newspapers on microfilm at The State Historical Society of Missouri, visit the newspaper catalog.
|County||Collection Title||Date Range|
|Carter||Van Buren Current Local||1884-1994|
|Cole||Lincoln University Clarion||1935-1975|
|Franklin||Franklin County Tribune/Tribune-Republican||1887-1919; 1923-1966|
|Franklin||St. Clair Chronicle||1927-1977|
|Franklin||Washington Citizen||1905-1939; 1943-1965|
|Gasconade||Bland Courier||1904-1951; 1963-1966|
|Gascondae||Gasconade County Republican||1896-1898; 1903-1922; 1925-1966|
|Macon||La Plata Home Press||1876-1945|
|Macon||Macon Daily Chronicle-Herald/Macon Chronicle-Herald||1926-1956|
|Macon||New Cambria Leader||1914-1958|
|Marion||Marion County Standard||1925-1941|
|Warren||Warrenton Banner||1868-1872; 1881-1897; 1902-1968|