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Fill-In Newspaper Issues from 37 Titles Dating from Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries Added To DigitalNC

Black and white newspaper with The Edenton Transcript masthead in serif text

We’ve just added newspaper issues from 37 titles, dating from 1819-1968, with the majority dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From a variety of cities, most of these additions are only 1-5 issues per title. Thanks to the State Archives of North Carolina and its preservation of newspapers, we’re pleased to include these fill-in issues. The State Archives provided them to us as part of their newspaper microfilming workflow.

Below is a list of titles, their cities of publication, and the years from which the issues date.

The State Archives has an exhibit of Early North Carolina Newspapers here. Their microfilming efforts are behind almost all of the digitized microfilmed papers available through DigitalNC. Search or browse all of our newspapers on the newspaper landing page.

Over 40 newspaper titles added to DigitalNC!

Header from May 20, 1873 issue of Durham's Saturday Night newspaper

This week we have another 41 titles up on DigitalNC! In this batch we have a lot of new papers from Durham and Beaufort, as well as our first additions from Mocksville, Pine Forest, and Kenansville!

Last month we added our first copies of The Nation from Buffalo Springs. The Nation was a handwritten paper published by John McLean Harrington, a Harnett County man who would painstakingly copy each of his papers by hand for his roughly 100 subscribers. This week we have five more of Harrington’s handwritten papers: The Young American from Buffalo Springs, The Weekly Eagle from Pine Forest, and Harrington, N.C.’s The Times, The Weekly News, and The Semi-Weekly News.


April 20, 1860 issue of handwritten paper The Weekly Eagle from Pine Forest, N.C.October, 1858 issue of handwritten paper The Young American from Buffalo Springs, N.C.August 17, 1860 issue of handwritten paper The Semi-Weekly News from Harrington, N.C.April 30th, 1862 issue of handwritten paper The Weekly News from Harrington, N.C.November 21, 1867 issue of handwritten paper The Times from Harrington, N.C.

Over the next year, we’ll be adding millions of newspaper images to DigitalNC. These images were originally digitized a number of years ago in a partnership with That project focused on scanning microfilmed papers published before 1923 held by the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Special Collections Library. While you can currently search all of those pre-1923 issues on, over the next year we will also make them available in our newspaper database as well. This will allow you to search that content alongside the 2 million pages already on our site – all completely open access and free to use.

This week’s additions include:

If you want to see all of the newspapers we have available on DigitalNC, you can find them here. Thanks to UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries for permission to and support for adding all of this content as well as the content to come. We also thank the North Caroliniana Society for providing funding to support staff working on this project.


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