As part of a $17,980 grant from the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation, the Digital Library of Georgia has digitized over 77,000 pages of Georgia newspaper titles in partnership with the Atlanta History Center.
The newly-released collection includes rare nineteenth-century titles from north Georgia and previously unavailable titles from larger cities across the state.
The project creates full-text searchable versions of the newspapers. It presents them online for free in its Georgia Historic Newspapers database.
Users will be able to search the database for geographic, corporate, family, and personal names.
142 titles have been digitized from the following Georgia cities:
Alpharetta, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Auraria, Brunswick, Calhoun, Canton, Cassville, Carrollton, Columbus, Cumming, Dahlonega, Dalton, Douglasville, Marietta, Milledgeville, Gainesville, Griffin, Harlem, LaGrange, Lawrenceville, Lumpkin, Macon, Newnan, Norcross, Rome, Savannah, Thomasville, Valdosta, and Winterville.
Titles of interest include:
Miners Recorder and Spy in the West – A newspaper published in the north Georgia mining town of Auraria during the Georgia Gold Rush in the 1830s.
The Progressive Era – An African American newspaper published in Athens, Georgia, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The Soldier’s Friend – A Christian newspaper published out of Atlanta for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
The Kennesaw Route Gazette – A newspaper published by the Western & Atlantic Railroad Company for its train passengers.
Source: Digital Library of Georgia
For a full list of titles and to read more, click here.