Local newspapers can be wonderful resources for biographical information, tracing local businesses, reading about historical events, and much more. The River Falls Area Research Center has newspapers covering our four-county area (Burnett, Pierce, Polk and Saint Croix) from the mid-1800s up to the present, as well as newspapers from Washburn County. (Until the late 1990s, the River Falls ARC also covered Washburn County.) Most of the newspapers are on microfilm, although there are a few scattered issues of original newspapers.

The University Archives also has a full run of the Student Voice, from its beginning in 19xx to the present.

Newspaper Articles


Wisconsin Local History and Biography

The Wisconsin Local History and Biographical Articles Collection contains 16,000 historical newspaper articles on notable Wisconsin people and communities. The entire collection is available digitally and displays the actual clipping which is downloadable. Most articles were published 1860-1940.

The database is searchable by name or topic, with search results displaying clippings of entire articles that you can download. Browse the Collection.

Birth, Marriage, Death Notices and Obituaries




Biographical Indexes

     ARC's Biographical File


     Hudson Star-Observer Biographical Index (Willis Miller Collection)


Find A Grave


Social Security Death Index



Wisconsin Necrology

Statewide obituaries, 1846-1968, available on microfilm and indexed on the Wisconsin Historical Society's website. This is not every obituary published in Wisconsin. Starting in about 1870, Historical Society librarians added select obituaries to the scrapbooks they called the "Wisconsin Necrology." If you are lucky, you might find the person you are looking for in this index and then you may use the microfilm at the River Falls Area Research Center (for the entire state). 

The Wisconsin Necrology index is now part of the online Wisconsin Name Index.

Burnett County


Pierce County


Saint Croix County


Other Wisconsin Newspapers


Non-Wisconsin Newspapers


Contact Us

University Archives and
Area Research Center

170 Chalmer Davee Library
(715) 425-3567
Fax (715) 425-0609

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