Georgia Historic Newspapers Update Summer 2021

front cover of the newspaper The Penny Local (Savannah, Ga.), March 27, 1884, Page 1

This past spring and summer, the Digital Library of Georgia released several new grant-funded newspaper titles to the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. Included below is a list of the newly available titles.

Titles digitized in partnership with the Atlanta History Center

Atlanta Barb, 1974

Barb (Atlanta), 1974-1977

Titles funded by the Chattooga County Historical Society

Summerville News, 1930-1949

Titles funded by the De Soto Trail Regional Library System

Early County News, 1924-1932

Titles funded by Farris Cadle

Penny Local (Savannah), 1884

Savannah Abend Zeitung, 1872

Savannah Daily Times, 1936

Savannah Press, 1899

Searchlight (Savannah), 1906-1907

Truth (Savannah), 1892

Titles funded by the Forsyth County Government

Forsyth County News (Cumming), 1995-2004

Titles funded by the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds administered through the Institute for Museum and Library Services

Augusta News-Review, 1972-1985

Chattooga News (Summerville), 1888-1896

Dade County Times (Trenton), 1925-1959

Donalsonville News, 1940-1964

Hartwell Sun, 1882-1925

Miller County Liberal (Colquitt), 1907-1926

News-Review (Augusta), 1971-1972

Summerville Gazette, 1884-1885

Summerville News, 1896-1930

Titles funded by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council and the Live Oak Public Libraries

Savannah Tribune, 1943-1960

Titles funded by the National Digital Newspaper Program with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Athens Republique, 1921-1926

Atlanta Constitution, 1887-1903

Atlanta Georgian, 1912-1914

Atlanta Semi-Weekly Journal, 1919-1920

Atlanta Tri-Weekly Journal, 1920-1925

Jeffersonian (Atlanta), 1907-1917

Savannah Tribune, 1886-1888

Watson’s Weekly Jeffersonian (Atlanta), 1907

Weekly Jeffersonian (Atlanta), 1906-1907

Titles funded by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Georgia Bulletin (Atlanta), 1963-1980

Titles funded by the R.J. Taylor, Jr. Foundation in partnership with the Atlanta History Center

Alpharetta Free Press, 1893

Athens Chronicle, 1885-1888

Athens Clipper, 1901-1904

Athens Evening Chronicle, 1889

Athens Evening News, 1895

Athens Weekly Chronicle, 1889

Atlanta Advance, 1891

Atlanta Commercial, 1895-1896

Atlanta Evening Herald, 1893

Atlanta Universalist, 1881-1882

Atlanta Whig, 1872

Baptist Banner (Atlanta), 1862-1864

Baptist Banner (Cumming), 1880

Baptist Sun (Gainesville), 1889

Banner and Baptist (Atlanta), 1862

Brunswick Advocate, 1861

Brunswick Appeal, 1879

Carroll County Times (Carrollton), 1880-1885, 1895

Cassville Gazette, 1835

Cherokee Advance (Canton), 1880, 1898

Cherokee Advocate (Marietta), 1848

Cherokee Agriculturist and Patron of Husbandry (Dalton), 1875

Columbia Advertiser (Harlem), 1881-1882

Columbia Sentinel (Harlem), 1886-1887

Columbus Daily Times, 1878-1885

Dahlonega Watchman, 1846

Daily Argus (Dalton), 1910-1911

Daily Chronicle & Sentinel (Augusta), 1850

Daily Evening News (Macon), 1865

Daily Journal and Messenger (Macon), 1865

Daily New Era (Atlanta), 1865-1868

Daily Tribune (Rome), 1880

Dalton Argus, 1882-1911

Dalton Enterprise, 1875

Evening Call (Griffin), 1899

Evening Herald (Atlanta), 1882

Evening Post (Brunswick), 1890

Daily New Era (Atlanta), 1865-1868

Gainesville Eagle, 1879-1914

Georgia Banner & Sentinel (Newnan), 1861

Georgia Grange (Atlanta), 1873-1877

Georgia Literary and Temperance Crusader (Atlanta), 1861

Georgia Major (Atlanta), 1883

Georgia Pioneer, and Retrenchment Banner (Cassville), 1835-1839

Georgia Record (Atlanta), 1899-1900

Georgia Statesman (Milledgeville), 1825-1827

Graphic (LaGrange), 1889-1900

Hustler of Rome (Rome), 1894-1898

Ice Berg (Winterville), 1897

Independent Blade (Newnan), 1861

Jewish Tribune (Atlanta), 1896

Kind Words for the Sunday School Children (Macon), 1877

Kaleidoscope (Atlanta), 1885

Kennesaw Route Gazette (Atlanta), 1875

Landmark Banner & Cherokee Baptist (Atlanta), 1859-1861

Lawrenceville News, 1861

Lumpkin Palladium, 1860

Macon Daily Telegraph, 1860

Macon News, 1898

Marietta Helicon, 1847

Marietta Semi-Weekly Advocate, 1861

Miners Recorder and Spy in the West (Auraria), 1834-1837

Monochord (Macon), 1886

Motive (Atlanta), 1896

Morning Call (Griffin), 1899

Mountain Signal (Dahlonega), 1877-1883

Mystic Owls (Atlanta), 1880

New South (Douglasville), 1891-1906

New Western Railway Guide (Atlanta), 1887

New Working World (Atlanta), 1886

Norcross Advance, 1873-1874

North Georgia Times (Dalton), 1860-1863

North Georgian (Gainesville), 1878-1883

People’s Friend (Rome), 1873

Pilgrim’s Banner (Valdosta), 1895-1897

Progressive Era (Athens), 1899

Republican Herald (Columbus), 1836

Rome Courier and Southern Statesman, 1859

Rome Hustler-Commercial, 1898-1899

Rome Tribune, 1893-1897

Rome Tribune, 1900

Rural Southerner & Plantation (Atlanta), 1875

Savannah Gazette, 1817

Semi-Weekly True Flag (Rome), 1861

Soldier’s Friend (Atlanta), 1863

Southern Farm (Atlanta), 1893

Southern Recorder (Milledgeville), 1846-1855

Southern Statesman (Calhoun), 1855

Southern Whig (Athens), 1834-1839

Southerner and Commercial Advertiser (Rome), 1861

Standard of Union (Milledgeville), 1834-1840

State Press (Macon), 1857-1859

Sun and Columbus Weekly Enquirer, 1874

Tribune-of-Rome, 1890-1891

Weekly Atlanta Intelligencer, 1867-1870

Weekly Augusta Chronicle, 1893-1898

Weekly Banner (Athens), 1895

Weekly Constitutionalist (Augusta), 1862-1869

Weekly Republic (Augusta), 1849-1851

Weekly Southerner (Rome), 1861

Weekly Star (Douglasville), 1885-1887

Weekly Tribune (Rome), 1893-1895

Western Herald (Auraria), 1834

Wire-grass Reporter (Thomasville), 1861

Woman’s Work (Athens), 1888-1910

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Civil rights-era issues of Savannah’s leading African American newspaper, the Savannah Tribune, are now available freely online

The Digital Library of Georgia, in partnership with Live Oak Public Libraries, has made the Savannah Tribune (1943 to 1960) available for viewing at the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. The site provides access to these newspapers with full-text searching, browsing by date and title, and is compatible with all current browsers. The newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads. The archive is free and open for public use.

Funding for the digitization of this title was provided by the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council with funds awarded to the University of Georgia Libraries and the Georgia Archives by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Founded as the Colored Tribune in 1875 and renamed the Savannah Tribune in 1876, the newspaper has served as one of the longest-running African American publications in the South, with a mission “to promote the cause of education, cooperating with all teachers and workers in that cause, and the moral and material advancement of the colored people.” Reporting from Reconstruction through Jim Crow, the paper featured famed Harlem Renaissance writer James Weldon Johnson as a correspondent from the 1920s to the late 1930s and played an instrumental role in the boycott movement that began in the early 20th century and fueled the Civil Rights Movement throughout the 1960s. To this day, the Savannah Tribune stands as one of the most prominent African American newspapers in the country as it continues to serve Chatham County’s African American community. 

Belle Reynoso, the director of information technology, and Linda Bridges, the genealogy/reference librarian at Live Oak Public Libraries say: “We chose the Savannah Tribune because it’s one of Savannah’s most important African American historical resources. The first edition of the paper, which was called the Colored Tribune, was first published in 1875. It was not published from 1878 to 1886 or from 1960 to 1973. The issues chosen for digitization, October 1943 to September 1960, include much of the developing Civil Rights Movement in Georgia and beyond.

View the entire digitized run of the Savannah Tribune

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About the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC)

The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) promotes the educational use of Georgia’s documentary heritage by all its citizens, evaluates and improves the condition of records, encourages statewide planning for preservation and access to Georgia’s historical records, and advises the Board of Regents and the Georgia Archives on issues concerning records. 

Learn more at georgiaarchives.org/ghrac.

About the Live Oak Public Libraries

Established in 1903, the Live Oak Public Libraries are a consortium of sixteen public libraries in the Savannah and the Hinesville-Fort Stewart metropolitan areas of Georgia. These libraries provide excellent, responsive services for residents of Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties, and develop programming that enriches people’s lives, supports lifelong learning, and builds and enhances their communities. 

Learn more at liveoakpl.org/about/mission

About the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports a wide range of activities to preserve, publish, and encourage the use of documentary sources, created in every medium ranging from quill pen to computer, relating to the history of the United States.

Learn more at archives.gov/nhprc/about

Selected images from the collection: 

Image courtesy of Georgia Historic Newspapers
Title : Savannah Tribune, May 20, 1954, page 1
URL : https://gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/lccn/sn84020323/1954-05-20/ed-1/seq-1/
Description: The May 20, 1954 front page of the Savannah Tribune reported on the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ruled the segregation of public schools in the United States unconstitutional.
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Title : Savannah Tribune, May 25, 1957, page 1
URL : https://gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu/lccn/sn84020323/1957-05-25/ed-1/seq-1/
Description: The headline of the May 25, 1957 issue of the Savannah Tribune detailed the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The event closed with Martin Luther King Jr.’s famed “I Have a Dream” speech.
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