North Carolina Newspapers

About this collection

Newspapers are fundamental research tools for all researchers, from elementary school students and casual readers to university faculty and professional genealogists. No other published source covers such a wide range of materials and reaches so deeply into the communities in our state. They provide a wealth of data about the civic, political, cultural, and social events of the periods they document. Historic newspapers offer an intimate close-up view of the American past that few other sources can provide.

In 2009, the State Archives of North Carolina completed a project to digitize newspapers from its collection that were, up until that time, only available on microfilm. These materials include papers dating from 1752-1890s from cities like Edenton (1787-1801), Fayetteville (1789-1795), Hillsboro (1786), New Bern (1751-1804), Salisbury (1799-1898), and Wilmington (1765-1816) – a total of 23,483 digital images that are keyword searchable. The North Carolina Digitization Project was made possible by a LSTA grant provided by the State Library of North Carolina.

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