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North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive

2015 March 3

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

Taken from the Gainesville News, December 1, 1915

The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to six newspaper titles published in three north Georgia cities (Dalton, Gainesville, and Rome) from 1850 to 1922. Consisting of over 33,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site is compatible with all current browsers and the newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads.

The archive includes the following north Georgia newspaper titles: Gainesville News (1902-1922), Georgia Cracker (Gainesville) (1894-1902), North Georgia Citizen (Dalton) (1868-1921), Rome Courier (1850-1855), Rome Tri-Weekly Courier (1860-1880), Rome Weekly Courier (1860-1878). The Digital Library of Georgia will add additional titles from the region over time.

The North Georgia 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.

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 Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1809-1880), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern  Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at ​


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  1. March 6, 2015

    Hi, Donnie,

    Just wanted to let you know that this post was featured on my “Friday Finds in Newspapers” post at my Online Historical Newspapers blog.

  2. Donnie Summerlin permalink*
    March 9, 2015

    Thanks Miriam!

  3. Carol Mercier permalink
    March 22, 2015

    Thanks so much for posting these newspapers online. This website was featured in Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr.’s genealogy column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today.

  4. April 19, 2015

    Are there any plans underway to digitize the Walker County Messenger?
    I know physical copies and microfilm exists at the Lafayette Library. There were plans to apply for a grant but I have not heard anything beyond that.

    This paper would be a treasure trove of history to have available online.

    Thank you.

  5. Mandy Mastrovita permalink*
    June 2, 2015

    Thanks for your interest in our work! Unfortunately, we don’t currently have plans to digitize the Walker County Messenger, but we do take user requests into account when planning for future projects. We will record your request in our newspaper digitization tracking document and hopefully we will be able to digitize it in the future.

  6. R. Locke permalink
    June 13, 2015

    I agree with Sam Hall about the immense value of having the Walker County Messenger available online. It would be a tremendous resource. Please include my request for this important publication.
    Many thanks for the historical newspapers you have already added to this website.

  7. sheila permalink*
    June 15, 2015

    For those of you interested in the Walker County Messenger, the Uncle Remus Regional Library System has digitized some years of this paper, 1978, 1980, and 1981. You can see the issues here,

    Since this paper is not in the public domain, the DLG doesn’t have permission to digitize and make it freely available online.

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