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30 Additional Newspaper Titles up on DigitalNC!

Headmast for August 1, 1866 issue of Pittsboro's Semi-Monthly Record of the Pittsboro' Scientific Academy

This week we have another 30 newspaper titles up on DigitalNC! In the September 3, 1891 issue of Boone’s Watauga Democrat we have an article describing the terrible train wreck of Bostian’s Bridge in Statesville. This fatal accident sparked a legendary North Carolina ghost story, but perhaps even scarier are the boogeymen railroad companies would often create to avoid accountability: train wreckers.

By 1891 the railroad system in America had exploded, allowing for easier cross-country travel and bringing with it fresh new paranoia about disasters and scary strangers coming to your town. Blaming a wreck on some shady character was a lot easier than paying a fortune on settlements due to negligence. Almost immediately after the August 27, 1891 accident, the Richmond & Danville Railroad Company put out ads offering a $10,000 reward for the apprehension of the perpetrator, leading to many being accused and arrested (conveniently with the help of a railroad detective).

The editor at Statesville’s Landmark provides us with an incredibly detailed account of the accident and the recovery effort, complete with interviews from survivors and witnesses where they describe rotten cross-ties and rail workers throwing this evidence into the creek below the bridge. Many of those interviewed make a point to mention that there were no signs of robbery after the crash, which doesn’t exactly support the idea of this being some dastardly deed by a bandit.

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 Newspapers.com. 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 Newspapers.com, 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:

Asheville

Boone

Burlington

Chapel Hill

Durham

Fayetteville

Fairfield

Gastonia

Holly Springs

Jackson

Kinston

Lexington

Lincolnton

Pittsboro

Raleigh

Salisbury

Tarboro

Winston

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.


32 Titles now up on DigitalNC!

Header from July 1, 1887 issue of Kernersville, N.C. newspaper "The Southern Home"

Another 32 newspaper titles are up on DigitalNC this week! Three of these titles are from North Carolina towns that either changed their names or just don’t exist anymore.

First, we have the North Carolina National from Company Shops, North Carolina. Company Shops was a community formed around the railroad car construction and maintenance industry in Alamance County, between Graham and Gibsonville. Due to growing anti-railroad sentiments, the community of Company Shops decided to appoint a committee to change the name of the town in 1887. This committee decided on the name ‘Burlington.’

Next up is Our Home from Beaver Dam, North Carolina. It’s hard to determine exactly where Beaver Dam would have been, but knowing that the paper is from Union County, it seems possible that it was located near Beaverdam Creek, just south of Wingate and Marshville, North Carolina.

Lastly, we have The Hokeville Express from what was once known as Hokeville, or ‘Lincoln Factory,’ North Carolina. It seems likely that the community was named after the affluent Hoke family of Lincolnton. Col. John Hoke was one of the owners of the profitable Lincoln Cotton Mills. Col. Hoke died in 1845 and passed ownership on to his son, also named John Hoke. The factory burned down in 1862, and the following year the Confederate Army began constructing a laboratory on the site to manufacture medicines, such as ether, chloroform, and opiates. Since then the community has gone by the name ‘Laboratory.’

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 Newspapers.com. 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 Newspapers.com, 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.

 


29 Titles from Raleigh, Wilmington, and New Bern added to DigitalNC

Header for an 1855 Raleigh, North Carolina newspaper titled "The Arator"Clipping from 1871 Raleigh, North Carolina paper called "The Carolina Era"Clipping from 1944 Wilmington, North Carolina paper "The North Carolina Shipbuilder"

This week we have almost 30 newspaper titles added to DigitalNC. These titles include a Raleigh paper about agriculture and it’s “kindred arts,” an employee paper for North Carolina shipbuilders during World War II, and plenty of others from Wilmington, Raleigh, and New Bern!

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 Newspapers.com. 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 

Newspapers.com, 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.


40 Additional titles from New Bern, Wilmington, Raleigh, Edenton

Header of a Wilmington, North Carolina newspaper titled North-Carolina Gazette from 1765.

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 Newspapers.com. 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 Newspapers.com, 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:

  1. The Morning Star (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1867-1901
  2. Carolina Centinel (New Bern, N.C.) – 1818-1822
  3. The Newbernian (New Bern, N.C.) – 1843-1848
  4. Newbern Spectator (New Bern, N.C.) – 1834
  5. New Berne Daily Times (New Bern, N.C.) – 1866-1874
  6. The Wilmington Messenger (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1890-1907
  7. The New Era and Commercial Advertiser (New Bern, N.C.) – 1854-1859
  8. Daily Progress (New Bern, N.C.) – 1858-1861
  9. The Carolina Farmer and Morning Star (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1871-1874
  10. The Daily Journal (New Bern, N.C.) – 1882-1914
  11. The Morning New Bernian (New Bern, N.C.) – 1916-1917
  12. The Encyclopedian Instructor and Farmer’s Gazette (Edenton, N.C.) – 1785-1801
  13. The Herald of the Union (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1865
  14. The Daily Herald (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1854-1861
  15. The Weekly Messenger (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1892-1896
  16. The New Bern Sun Journal (New Bern, N.C.) – 1920-1922
  17. New Berne Weekly Journal (New Bern, N.C.) – 1884-1913
  18. Saturday Record (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1915-1937
  19. North-Carolina Gazette (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1769-1800
  20. The Daily Dispatch (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1865-1866
  21. The New Bernian (New Bern, N.C.) – 1921-1924
  22. North Carolina Christian Advocate (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1874-1909
  23. The Daily Progress (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1862-1864
  24. The Raleigh News (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1872-1880
  25. The Friend of Temperance (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1868-1879
  26. Newbern Sentinel (New Bern, N.C.) – 1834-1837
  27. Weekly Conservative (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1864-1865
  28. The Farmer and Mechanic (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1905
  29. The Raleigh Microcosm (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1838-1843
  30. The Morning Post (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1897-1899
  31. The Harbinger (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1902-1904
  32. The Daily Evening Visitor (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1892-1893
  33. The Raleigh Evening Times (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1905-1908
  34. The Evening Times (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1908-1910
  35. The Raleigh Daily Times (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1910
  36. The Progressive Farmer (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1906-1922
  37. The Wilmington Post (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1867-1877
  38. The Evening Dispatch (Wilmington, N.C.) – 1914
  39. The Evening Visitor (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1879-1881
  40. The Friend and Templar (Raleigh, N.C.) – 1876-1880

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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