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Help with Browsing

The Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive allows users to browse by title, date, city, and county. Click on the relevant tab below for a video and description of how to navigate the site using the various browsing features available.

Browse by Title

Select “Browse by Title” from the “Browse” drop down tab at the top of the homepage. This will direct you to a page with a list of all of the titles available in the Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive. The list is sortable by title, county, city, region, type, number of issues, and date by clicking the arrows at the top of each column.

Browse by City

Select “Browse by City” from the “Browse” drop down tab at the top of the homepage. This will direct you to a list of newspaper titles organized alphabetically by city. Selecting one of the titles will take you to the title information page where you can browse the title.

Browse by Date

Select the “Browse by Date” from the “Browse” drop down tab at the top of the homepage. You will be directed to a calendar view with highlighted dates. A drop-down box to the left of the calendar will allow you to select the year you are interested in viewing. All of the issue dates available for that year will be highlighted as active links. Selecting the date will open a drop down box with the titles available for that year. Selecting a title will direct you to the issue from that date.

Browse by Type

Users can browse by newspaper type by selecting “Browse by Type” from the “Browse” drop down tab at the top of the homepage. This will direct you to the Browse by Type page, where you will be able to view lists of newspapers organized by type, including African American papers, school papers, religious papers, community papers, and papers of record.

What constitutes a paper of record?

The Digital Library of Georgia classifies a newspaper as a “paper of record” based on guidelines established by the Library of Congress. These papers “contain published legal notices, news of state and regional governmental affairs, and announcements of community news and events, including births, deaths, and marriages.” Historical papers often identified themselves as a “paper of record,” “official newspaper,” or “legal organ” in the masthead or publisher’s block. The Digital Library of Georgia also references a list of current legal public notice publications when deciding what newspapers to classify as a “paper of record.”