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Athens Historic Newspapers Archive Now Available

2011 January 14

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive

The Athens Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to five newspaper titles published in Athens from 1827 to 1922. Consisting of over 57,000 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: 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 project 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 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) (by jodi at These archives can be accessed at


8 Responses leave one →
  1. Lamar permalink
    January 16, 2011

    Funny, I thought Christmas was three weeks ago. Apparently not as you all have delivered another gem to those involved in historical research. The work you all have done with these newspapers across the state of Georgia, for FREE, is unequaled. I want to say thank you to you all for your great work. Any chance to see the Savannah Republican in the future??

  2. Donnie Summerlin permalink*
    January 25, 2011

    Thank you for the kind words Lamar! We aren’t currently working on Savannah’s newspapers, but they are definitely on our radar.

  3. Evalyne Eckles permalink
    September 8, 2011

    Great to see this ares but interested in an article from the early 1960’s. I heard about a small airplane that flew through the coliseum in Athens when it was being built. May I have a copy of that article?

    Thank you,

  4. Donnie Summerlin permalink*
    September 13, 2011


    We don’t have any of the 1960s papers digitized for this archive, but you should check out the Red and Black archive, which covers UGA and Athens news from 1893-2006.
    It is available here:

  5. December 29, 2011

    Nicely picked details, many thanks to the author. It’s incomprehensive in my experience at present, nevertheless in common, the convenience and importance is mind-boggling. Regards and all the greatest ..

  6. July 20, 2015

    My father was born in this city. There are so many question I have concerning his life. Is there anywhere I can search for answers?

  7. sheila permalink*
    July 21, 2015


    I’d suggest that you contact the Heritage Room at the Athens-Clarke County Library,

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