In February of 1957, Louis Armstrong was scheduled to appear at Stegeman Hall on the University of Georgia campus. The concert was nearly canceled due to racial strife and a bill before the state legislature to ban mixed social events. Despite these obstacles, the concert went on without a hitch and a good time was had by all. Below are two articles from the university’s student newspaper, the Red and Black, that were written before and after the event. The articles are dated February 21st and 28th respectively and can be found in the Red and Black Archive. Special thanks to the University of Georgia Libraries’ Ngaire Smith, who uncovered these articles while researching the topic for a UGA alumnus who attended the event.
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 dresshead.com). These archives can be accessed at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/MediaTypes/Newspapers.html