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48 Titles on DigitalNC this week!

Header from Charlotte, N.C. paper The Southern Mechanic

This week we have 48 titles up on DigitalNC! One of the newspapers added this week is The Holden Record. The short-lived Raleigh publication, solely dedicated to discrediting gubernatorial candidate W.W. Holden, was created by abolitionist and Raleigh Register co-publisher H.H. Helper. Holden went on to be elected governor, even though the paper painted him as a violent man and blamed him for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Holden took an anti-Klan stance and this tension led to the Kirk-Holden War. He served until 1871, was impeached, and charged on eight counts for alleged crimes committed during this time. While the impeachment was politically motivated due to his suppression of the Klan, he is still the only North Carolina governor to have been impeached.

Clippings from 1868 newspaper The Holden Record where they blame W.W. Holden for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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 are the following:

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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