Welcome to Kalkaska County Library’s digital newspaper archive, featuring issues of The Leader and Kalkaskian and predecessor newspapers, from 1879 to 2012.

The newspapers in our collection were scanned from microfilm to PDF format utilizing OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology, enabling historians, professional and amateur alike, to more easily search and discover information.

Note that OCR is not perfect. For newspapers that were in poor condition when they were microfilmed, the OCR may not have recognized some characters, words and phrases. If searching does not provide the results expected, please check the newspaper manually.

Kalkaska County Library is providing access to these newspaper pages digitized for noncommercial, educational and research purposes. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with the persons desiring to use the item. In general, all newspapers published before 1923 are in the public domain. For any page published after 1923, the written permission of any copyright owners and/or other rights holders (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for reproduction, distribution, or other use of any protected items beyond that allowed by fair use.