The Digital Library of Georgia has made its 3 millionth digitized and full-text-searchable historic newspaper page available freely online. 

The title page of the first edition of the May 22, 1917, issue of the Atlanta Georgian reports on the destruction caused by the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 and the city’s effort to control the damage.

This issue marks the 3 millionth page digitized by the Digital Library of Georgia.

The newspaper circulated daily from 1906 to 1939, was the first Hearst-owned newspaper in the South, and is the most prominent example of sensationalist yellow journalism in Georgia. In its first year of publication, the paper infamously printed stories intended to inflame racial tensions that contributed to the start of the Atlanta Race Massacre of 1906.

Famed newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst purchased the Atlanta Georgian in 1912. Under his ownership, the paper printed increasingly scandalous headlines and illustrations that dramatized local crimes, including its coverage of the Leo Frank case in Atlanta.

The digitization of this title was funded through a grant from an anonymous donor as part of their mission to provide resources that promote a greater understanding of Georgia’s history during this important period.

We have developed an online press kit, available at which includes:

  • An image, description, and link out to our 3 millionth page;
  • A link to our press release;

Since 2007, the DLG has provided access to the state’s historic newspapers, with the majority having been digitized from microfilm produced by the Georgia Newspaper Project (GNP).

With the launch of the Georgia Historic Newspapers (GHN) site in July 2017, the DLG has maintained that tradition by bringing together new and existing resources into a single, consolidated website where newspapers dating from 1763-2023 are full-text searchable and can be browsed by city, title, date, keyword, or region.

Annually, DLG digitizes over 400,000 historic newspaper pages with funding from GALILEOthe University of Georgia LibrariesGeorgia Public Library Servicethe National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation, and dozens of cultural heritage institutions across the state. The DLG also microfilms more than 200 current newspapers. Historic newspaper pages are consistently the most visited of any DLG site.

Researching newspaper content is critical to understanding a location’s local history, priorities, and interests. It can be an engaging way to teach younger students the value of primary sources.

The GHN includes some of the state’s earliest newspapers; important African American, Roman Catholic, and Cherokee newspapers; and issues from Georgia’s largest cities and towns, as well as an increasing number of underrepresented communities and regions.

“I’m happy to see that more of the Georgian will soon be digitized,” said Dr. Janice Hume, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

“Students in my media history class at UGA dig into it to learn about Atlanta in the early 20th century, the Leo Frank trial, and journalism history. They are amazed at the sheer  volume of stories, the extras, and the sensationalism.”

Our 3 millionth page:

The title page of the first edition of the May 22, 1917, issue of the Atlanta Georgian reports on the destruction caused by the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 and the city’s effort to control the damage.




R.J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation-Funded Underdocumented Newspapers Now Available


Spring Place Jimplecute, November 27, 1902

By Donnie Summerlin and Mandy Mastrovita

As part of a $27,103.50 grant from the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation, the Digital Library of Georgia has digitized over 109,000 pages of Georgia newspaper titles.

The newly-released collection includes Georgia newspapers of the late 19th
century from under documented Georgia counties from microfilm held by the Georgia Newspaper Project.

The project creates full-text searchable versions of the newspapers. It presents them online for free in its Georgia Historic Newspapers database.

Users will be able to search the database for geographic, corporate, family, and personal names.

120 titles have been digitized from the following Georgia cities:

Abbeville, Adel, Arlington, Ashburn, Blackshear, Blairsville, Blue Ridge, Bogart, Buchanan, Carnesville, Conyers, Cordele, Crawfordville, Decatur, Demorest, Dupont, Eastman, Ellaville, Excelsior, Fitzgerald, Forsyth, Fort Gaines, Fort Valley, Gibson, Gray, Guyton, Hamilton, Harlem, High Shoals, Homerville, Jasper, Jesup, Kingsland, Knoxville, Leary, Lexington, Lincolnton, Lithonia, Lumpkin, Macville, Morgan, Morganton, Ocilla, Roberta, Sparta, Spring Place, Statenville, Statesboro, Stillmore, Sycamore, Sylvania, Toccoa, Watkinsville, West Bowersville, Wrightsville, Young Harris, Zebulon

The following counties are now represented in the Georgia Historic Newspapers database for the first time:

 Ben Hill, Bulloch, Calhoun, Camden, Clay, Clinch, Crawford, Crisp, DeKalb, Dodge, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Fannin, Glascock, Irwin, Johnson, Jones, Lincoln, Murray, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Pickens, Pierce, Schley, Screven, Taliaferro, Towns, Turner, Union, Wilcox

Titles of interest include:

Advocate-Democrat (Crawfordville) – A Populist newspaper published in the least-populated county in Georgia (Taliaferro County).

Haralson Banner (Buchanan) – Haralson County’s first newspaper.

Spring Place Jimplecute – A paper published in Murray County with a unique name of unknown origin.

Statesboro Eagle – The official organ of Bulloch County in the early 1890s.

Toccoa News – A successor to the county’s first newspaper, the Toccoa News began publication in 1879 and continues to cover the news of Stephens County today as the Toccoa Record.

The full list of titles digitized as part of the grant includes:

Abbeville Chronicle, 1898-1901

Adel News, 1900-1904

Advertiser (Fort Gaines), 1887-1890

Advocate-Democrat (Crawfordville), 1893-1906

American Union (West Bowersville), 1885-1896

Arlington Advance, 1879-1882

Ashburn Advance, 1897-1900

Banner-Messenger (Buchanan), 1891-1900

Baptist Reporter (Guyton), 1888

Blackshear News, 1878-1882

Blackshear Times, 1889-1901

Blairsville Free Press, 1892

Blairsville Herald, 1892-1902

Blue Ridge Post,  1893, 1900, 1913

Bogart News, 1897

Bulloch County Banner (Statesboro), 1893

Bulloch Herald (Statesboro), 1899-1901

Bulloch Times (Statesboro), 1893-1898

Calhoun County Courier (Leary), 1882-1902

Carnesville Advance, 1899-1917

Carnesville Tribune, 1890-1894

Clay County Reformer (Fort Gaines), 1894

Clinch County News (Homer), 1898-1911

Columbia Sentinel (Harlem), 1885-1923

Conyers Examiner, 1878-1883

Conyers Weekly, 1883-1888

Conyers Weekly, 1895-1901

Conyers Weekly-Banner, 1901-1902

Cordele Sentinel, 1899-1902

Correspondent (Roberta), 1892-1903

Crawfordville Advocate, 1895-1896

Crawford County Correspondent (Roberta), 1892

Crawford County Herald (Knoxville), 1890-1892

Crawfordville Democrat, 1881-1893

DeKalb News, 1884

Democrat (Crawfordville), 1877-1881

Demorest Times, 1891-1894

Dodge County Journal (Eastman), 1887

Dispatch (Ocilla), 1899

DuPont Okefenokean, 1880

Eastman Times, 1879-1887

Echols Echo, 1916

Enterprise (Carnesville) 1890-1892

Enterprise-Record (Gibson), 1892

Excelsior News, 1879

Fannin County Gazette (Mineral Bluff), 1891

Fitzgerald Enterprise, 1898-1902

Fitzgerald Leader, 1897-1912

Fort Valley Mirror, 1880-1881

Franklin County Register (Carnesville), 1878-1888

Fort Gaines Sentinel, 1895-1902

Georgia Farmer (Statesboro), 1892

Gibson Record, 1892-1933

Hale’s Weekly (Conyers), 1892-1895

Hamilton Journal, 1881-1885

Hamilton Journal, 1887

Hamilton Journal, 1889-1920

Hamilton Journal, Published Semi-Weekly, 1885-1887

Hancock Weekly Journal (Sparta), 1869-1870

Hamilton Journal, 1906-1920

Haralson Banner (Buchanan), 1884-1891

Headlight (Gray), 1889

High Shoals Messenger, 1897

Industrial Banner (DuPont), 1892

Irwin County News (Sycamore), 1893-1897

Jasper News, 1885

Jesup Sentinel, 1880-1907

Jones County Headlight (Gray), 1888-1889

Jones County News (Gray), 1895-1906

Journal (Hamilton), 1887-1889

Knoxville Journal, 1888-1889

Leader Fort Valley, 1891

Lincoln Home Journal, 1898-1902

Lincolnton News, 1882-1890

Lithonia New Era, 1890

Lumpkin Independent, 1883-1902

Monroe Advertiser (Forsyth), 1888-1910

Morgan Monitor, 1897-1899

Morganton News, 1891

Murray County Gazette (Spring Place), 1879

Murray News (Spring Place), 1897-1909

North Georgia Times (Spring Place), 1881-1891

Ocilla Dispatch, 1899-1901

Oconee Enterprise (Watkinsville), 1887-1916

Oglethorpe Echo (Crawford), 1878-1903

People’s Advocate (Crawfordville), 1893

Pickens County Herald (Jasper), 1888-1899

Pickens County Progress (Jasper), 1899-1926

Piedmont Republican, 1891

Pike County Journal (Zebulon), 1888-1902

Record (Wrightsville), 1897-1900

Rockdale Banner (Conyers), 1888-1900

Schley County Enterprise (Ellaville), 1886-1888

Schley County News (Ellaville) 1889-1900

Solid South (Conyers), 1883-1892

South Georgian (Macville), 1879-1880

Southeast Georgian (Kingsland), 1895-1932

Southern Record, 1897-1898

Southern Times and Planter (Sparta), 1874

Sparta Times and Planter, 1874

Spring Place Jimplecute, 1891-1903

Statesboro Eagle, 1889-1891

Statesboro Star, 1894, 1899

Stillmore Times, 1898

Sylvania Telephone, 1879-1907

Times-Journal (Eastman), 1889-1899

Toccoa News, 1880-1889

Toccoa News, 1893-1896

Toccoa News and Piedmont Industrial Journal, 1889-1893

Toccoa Record, 1901-1902

Toccoa Times, 1894-1896

Toccoa Times-News, 1896-1897

Tribune (Buchanan), 1898-1901

Watkinsville Advance, 1880-1881

Wayne County News (Jesup), 1897-1910

Weekly Banner (Conyers), 1900-1901

Wiregrass Cracker, 1883

Wrightsville Recorder, 1880-1902

Young Harris News, 1900

Digital Library of Georgia director Sheila McAlister notes, “The newest addition to our newspaper portal is a fascinating look at the growth of the newspaper industry in Georgia and communities’ reactions to the New South’s hopes for industrialization. These local, rural papers provide us with a snapshot of life during this transitional period. We appreciate the continued support of the R.J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation.” 


About the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation 

The purpose of the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation Trust is to promote genealogical research and study in Georgia in conjunction with the Georgia Genealogical Society and the Georgia Archives. Grants are made to individuals and organizations to defray the expense of publishing (print or digital) records of a genealogical nature from public and private sources. The primary emphasis is on preserving and making available to the public genealogical data concerning citizens of Georgia who were residents prior to 1851. Visit the R. J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation at