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I recently read this posting on a North Carolina genealogy archives and had to share! 

Fayetteville Gazette, January 2, 1793

The subscriber, though derogatory to his feelings, finds himself necessitated, from some unfortunate domestic circumstances, to forewarn the public from trusting Eliza Graham once the partner in his cares, on his account; she having, without any just provocation, absented herself from the embraces, bed and board of an ever fond and indulgent husband.  He with reluctance assures the public, that those who may give her credit from this date, must not refer to him for payment.

Alexr. Graham
Burke County

Historic newspapers can be wonderful primary sources filled with news of the day, delightful prose of the times, and fascinating advertisements.  The Digital Library of Georgia has digitized several local newspapers, including this one from the Atlanta area. 

The masthead tells us that the Sunny South was devoted to literature, romance, the news, and southern developments.  A single copy cost 5 cents or $2.50 for one year.   You will need to install the free DjVu plugin by following the links provided.

The Cherokee Phoenix was printed by Isaac H. Harris for the Cherokee Nation, using text in both English and Cherokee. 

 The yearly subscription was $2.50 if paid in advance.  For subscribers who could only read the Cherokee language, the price was $2. 

The masthead of The Colored Tribune included  words from Lincoln’s second inaugural address from 1865:  WITH MALACE TOWARD NONE; WITH CHARITY FOR ALL.

Don’t forget about studying the decades using advertisements like this one from the Macon Telegraph, August 19, 1902!

Look what I found! Chronicling America

Headline:  Train Wreck in Washington, DC, December 30, 1906


The Library of Congress has partnered with the National Endowment of the Humanities to develop a web-based searchable database of historic newspapers.  

The Chronicling America web site provides free access to more than a million pages of historic newspapers from 11 states, published between 1880 and 1922.

Topics widely covered in the American press of the time include comic strips, Bloomer Girls (women’s baseball), Ellis Island, Jack the Ripper, the race to the North Pole, the San Francisco earthquake, and more!  To find out when new things are added, sign up for Chronicling America’s weekly notification service.




In 2008, the Library of Congress began offering historical photograph collections through Flickr in order to share some of our most popular images with a new visual community. Now, its Flickr collections include illustrated and visual content from historic American newspapers.  To view the photos on Flickr, go to: and select the Historic Newspapers collection. You do not need a Flickr account to view the images.