World War II Research Guide


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 Sullivan News 1910-1966
Franklin Washington Citizen 1905-1939; 1943-1965
Franklin Washington Missourian 1939-1964
Gasconade Bland Courier 1904-1951; 1963-1966
Gascondae Gasconade County Republican 1896-1898; 1903-1922; 1925-1966
Hickory Hermitage Index 1885-1964
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
Marion Palmyra Spectator 1863-1956
Phelps Rolla Herald 1877-1953
Warren Warrenton Banner 1868-1872; 1881-1897; 1902-1968