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Donalsonville News editions from 1940 to 1964 digitized and now available online

Search online and see for yourself at gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu

The Georgia Public Library Service and the Digital Library of Georgia are pleased to announce the addition of nearly 60,000 pages of newspapers dating from 1882-1985 to the Georgia Historic Newspapers portal. The portal is the largest provider of free online access to digitized licensed and public domain Georgia newspapers, and currently includes titles dating from 1763-2018. 

For the first time since this project began, the Donalsonville News and the Miller County Liberal  are now included on the Georgia Historic Newspapers online site.

8,184 pages from 792 issues of the Donalsonville News from 1940-1964 are now just a click away at gahistoricnewspapers.galileo.usg.edu

You will now also find 526 issues of the Miller County Liberal printed from 1907 to 1926 newly upload on the site.

All issues and edition are freely available online through Georgia Historic Newspapers, which utilizes the Library of Congress’ open source tool, Chronicling America, for online delivery. 

These latest digital collections added from Seminole County and Miller County, in addition to additional collections added from Chattooga, Hart, Early, and Richmond counties, now provide over 7,800 issues filled with historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date, city, county, and type. 

Georgia Public Library Service supports the mission of the Georgia Historic Newspapers portal to preserve and make Georgia’s newspapers easily and freely accessible online. For older newspapers, this involves funding for digitization; but for more current papers, the goal is to partner with publishers to make born-digital newspapers freely accessible after an agreed-upon embargo period. GPLS and the Digital Library of Georgia respect publishers’ copyright, and only makes those issues in the public domain or those for which they have publisher permission available online.

Annually, the Digital Library of Georgia digitizes over 100,000 historic newspaper pages in accordance with technical guidelines developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress for the National Digital Newspaper Program.  

Why do we digitize newspapers?

Local newspapers provide unique insight into a community’s history, values, and traditions, and may be the only place where significant local events are recorded.

Digital technology makes available powerful research resources and primary source material, like newspapers, for teaching and learning. Digitization provides searchable access to newspapers that might otherwise be challenging to find, difficult to access because of antiquated microfilming practices, or extremely fragile to handle.

Georgia’s public libraries see the value of materials like digitized newspapers to telling the stories of their communities, and we are proud to support their efforts through funding and technical support.

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