Belleville Telescope and Republic County Freeman Historic Newspapers

Phases 1 & 2 of the Belleville Public Library Historic Newspaper Archive are now available to the public! By clicking on the link below, you can access and search all issues of the Belleville Telescope from 1870 through 2005, as well as the Scandia Journal and other county papers, including Cuba and Munden.

You can search by name, date, and topic~or simply browse through these fascinating historic newspapers. Pages can be printed as well as emailed. If you have questions about searching, please contact the library staff at 527-5305 or

The permanent link to the Belleville Public Library Historic Newspaper Archive can found by clicking on the "Genealogy and Local History" link on the left-hand side of this page.

Or click here to try it out now!

The final phase of the project will digitize the remaining newspapers in the library's collection, including Narka and Republic. Phase 3 should be completed by the end of 2010, according to Heritage Microfilm, the vendor for the project.