Movie Ads

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released their Oscar nominations this week. In celebration of the upcoming awards ceremony, we highlight movie ads found in the Digital Library of Georgia’s newspaper archives:

D. W. Griffith’s controversial film The Birth of a Nation was the longest feature film in history at the time of its release. The ad can be found in the December 28, 1917 issue of the Milledgeville News in the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive.

The Kid was Charlie Chaplin’s feature length directorial debut. The ad is from the March 24, 1921 issue of the Athens Banner in the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs won an honorary Academy Award for its significant achievement in film in 1938. This ad is from the March 11th, 1938 issue of the Southern Israelite in the Southern Israelite Archive.

The Exorcist was nominated for ten Academy Awards following its 1973 release and is considered by many to be the scariest movie of all time. This Exorcist movie ad is from the May 10, 1974 issue of the Red and Black from the Red and Black Archive. The issue also contains movie ads for Blazing Saddles and Gator Bait.

At the time of it’s release in 1975, Jaws was the highest grossing film of all time. The ad can be found in the July 31, 1975 issue of the Red and Black in the Red and Black Archive.


Athens Historic Newspapers Archive Now Available

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