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Enhanced Athens Historic Newspapers Archive

2014 August 22
by Donnie Summerlin

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the re-release of the enhanced Athens Historic Newspapers Archive:

http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/athnewspapers

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Athens Daily Herald, November 17, 1922

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is now compatible with all current browsers and provides access to nine newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1928 without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. Consisting of over 77,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a view into the history of Athens in its early years as the home to the first state-chartered university in the nation and its eventual growth into the largest city in northeast Georgia.

The archive includes the following Athens newspaper titles: Athens Herald (1913-1923), Athens Banner-Herald (1923-1928), Southern Whig/Southern Herald (1838-1850), Clarke County Courier (1903-1913), in addition to the titles previously included in the archive: Athenian (1827-1832), Southern Banner (1832-1882), Southern Watchman (1855-1882), Daily/Weekly Banner-Watchman (1882-1889), Daily/Weekly Athens Banner (1889-1922).

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Digitization is also made possible through a grant provided by the Francis Wood Wilson Foundation, Inc.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1819-1880), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html

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WSB Radio Log Books

2014 July 15

The Digital Library of Georgia (DLG) is pleased to announce the addition of the WSB radio logs to the DLG and to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

View collection: http://bit.ly/U7312q

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WSB program log, September 1937

The radio logs document programming in the early years of WSB Radio, Atlanta’s first radio broadcast station. The logs, which span 1922 to 1949, document WSB programming during the “Golden Age of Radio.” They contain a combination of program listings, technical information, and transcriptions of radio “conversations” between engineers at WSB and ham radio operators. The shows included market reports, weather forecasts, news, old-time and gospel music performed by regional musicians, game shows, variety acts, and soap operas.  Many programs and performers included in the logs are recognizable today, such as Guiding Light, Dick Tracy, Eddie Cantor, and the Ziegfeld Follies.

WSB (“Welcome South, Brother”) Radio, was created on March 15, 1922, when it broadcast “Light Cavalry Orchestra” at a power of 100 watts. Originally owned by The Atlanta Journal, the station was first located in a makeshift studio on the fifth floor of The Journal building on Forsyth Street in downtown Atlanta.  Hailed as the “Voice of the South,” WSB Radio was a pioneer, being the first station to adopt a slogan, broadcast a complete church service, and employ radio as an educational medium by establishing “WSB’s University of the Air.” These were daily broadcasts conducted by the faculties of Georgia Tech, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and Cox College. WSB was also the first station to use a musical signature, a practice later adopted by NBC. When the station became an affiliate of NBC in 1927, its programming expanded to include commercials. The logs are a rich resource for those interested in radio broadcasting history, early 20th century radio advertising, and Georgia’s cultural and technological contributions to the “Golden Age of Radio.”

As a service hub for the DPLA, the Digital Library of Georgia provides digitization and metadata assistance for its partner institutions around the state. The DLG also aggregates and shares metadata about digital items with the DPLA, allowing the DPLA to act as a portal to these collections. Thanks to grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Arcadia Fund, the Digital Library of Georgia has digitized and described these items for inclusion in both the DLG and the DPLA.

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