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“Historic newspapers provide a unique look at our state over time. They are invaluable to scholars and the general public alike as they provide in-depth coverage of Georgia counties and cities, report on the activities of state and local government, and reflect the social and cultural values of the time that they were created. By far, they are DLG’s most popular resources,” remarked Sheila McAlister, director of the Digital Library of Georgia. “We’re grateful for the assistance of our partners as we continue to add new content and improve how our users interact with these important historic documents.”
With the state’s expansion came a greater need for newspapers. Politicians needed to communicate with their constituents, who were moving farther and farther away from the state’s main cities, Savannah and Augusta. Businessmen needed more and better ways to reach potential consumers, and citizens needed a means of keeping up with state and national issues. Every town of any size generated a demand for information. By 1812, for example, Athens, which had sprung up beside the newly founded University of Georgia, was home to one of the state’s eighteen newest weekly newspapers. The weekly Macon Telegraph was founded in 1826. Newspaper growth was also stimulated to some degree by the War of 1812 (1812-15) and, around midcentury, by the Mexican War (1846-48). People wanted to know what was happening in the distant battlegrounds, and their only source, besides personal letters and travelers, was newspapers. (Source: www.georgiaencyclopedia.org)
“Protecting the Treasures of Historic Oakland Cemetery” will be the Lunch and Learn lecture topic on August 11 at the Georgia Archives. Ashley Shares, preservation manager for Historic Oakland Foundation, will be the speaker at the free event that starts at noon. Bring your own lunch. For further information, see GeorgiaArchives.org or call 678-364-3710. More about Oakland, especially about tours, can be found at oaklandcemetery.com. A good book showing the treasures of Oakland is “Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and Guide (UGA Press, 2012),” or visit their bookshop after a tour to see other great items.
“The digitization of The Augusta News-Review is historically important because it provides primary sources for information on Augusta’s Black community at a time when there were few alternatives,” said Dr. Mallory Millender, owner and publisher of the Augusta News-Review. “When the News-Review started, white owned media generally didn’t cover Augusta’s Black community. With digitization, researchers, or anyone with a library card and access to a computer, can access every item ever printed in the News-Review – free.” (Source: georgialibraries.org)