Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive

30 03 2010

The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the availability of a new online resource: The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive

The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to fourteen newspaper titles published in Atlanta from 1847 to 1922. Consisting of over 67,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site will provide users with a record of Atlanta’s history from its origins as a railroad terminus, through the devastation of the Civil War, to its eventual growth into one of the nation’s largest cities.

The archive includes the following Atlanta newspaper titles:

Atlanta Daily Examiner (1857)

Atlanta Daily Herald (1873-1876)

Atlanta Georgian (1906-1911)

Atlanta Intelligencer (1851, 1854-1871)

Atlantian (1911-1922), Daily/Georgia Weekly Opinion (1867-1868)

Gate-City Guardian (1861)

Georgia Literary and Temperance Crusader (1860-1861)

New Era (1869-1872)

Southern Confederacy (1861-1864)

Southern Miscellany and Upper Georgia Whig (1847)

Southern World (1882-1885)

Sunny South (1875-1907)

Weekly Constitution (1869-1882)

The Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Other newspaper archives available through the Digital Library of Georgia include the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspaper Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1958, 1984-1986), and the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006). These archives can be accessed at


C-Span Video Archives

16 03 2010

Researchers, political satirists and partisan mudslingers, take note: C-Span has uploaded virtually every minute of its video archives to the Internet. The archives, at, cover 23 years of history and five presidential administrations and are sure to provide new fodder for pundits and politicians alike. The network will formally announce the completion of the C-Span Video Library on Wednesday. Read more from the NYTimes.

Popular Science 137 Year Archive Scanned, Online, Free

4 03 2010

Gadget nerds: Prepare to lose the rest of your day to awesomeness. PopSci, the web-wing of Popular Science magazine, has scanned its entire 137-year archive and put it online for you to read, absolutely free. The archive, made available in partnership with Google Books, even has the original period advertisements. Read More

Search the PopSci Archives.

Digital Repository Management Uncovered

4 03 2010

Digital Repository Management Uncovered is a WEBWISE 2010 preconference presentation by Jessica Branco Colati and Sarah Shreeves.  Colati and Shreeves provide a great primer for understanding digital repositories. They discuss the components of  a DR management framework to include key areas, functions, and policies that provide for the  drive and sustainability DRs.  6 key components of DRs include (1) Hardware (2) Software (3) Content (4) Relationships (5) Controls & (6) Trust.  The abstract of the presentation reads:

“More and more libraries are establishing repository manager positions – either full time or as a piece of another position, but because of the newness of this area, the responsibilities of a repository manager are sometimes not well defined. This session will give an overview of the major areas of repository management institutions should be aware of and offer strategies and tools for participants. This session is platform agnostic and focuses on issues around preservation policies and activities, access and dissemination, and intellectual property of repository management, as well supporting sustainability and growth. The session will be useful whether or not your repository is in-house or hosted elsewhere.”

JISC Digital Repositories InfoKit covers the same ground as Colati & Shreeves’ presentation. It also contains information on a broad range of topics running from the initial idea of a digital repository and the planning process to the maintenance and ongoing management of the repository. The main focus is on institutional repositories.

Thanks to  IDEALS for providing access to the presentation. IDEALS collects, disseminates, and provides persistent and reliable access to the research and scholarship of faculty, staff, and students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit their research and scholarship – unpublished and, in many cases, published – directly into IDEALS. Departments can use IDEALS to distribute their working papers, technical reports, or other research material. Contact Sarah Shreeves, IDEALS Coordinator, for more information.

The Jim Peppler Southern Courier Photograph Collection

2 03 2010

News about the Jim Peppler Southern Courier Photograph Collection from the Alabama Department of Archives & History:

James H. “Jim” Peppler, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was a staff photographer of the weekly paper, The Southern Courier, from May 1965 to mid-1968. Founded by staff members of The Harvard Crimson, the Courier recruited a biracial staff of both students and professional journalists from many parts of the country, with the goal of providing objective reporting on civil rights and social issues. Based in Montgomery, Alabama, the Courier staff published 175 issues from July 1965 to December 1968.

For more information on the Southern Courier, please visit After leaving the Southern Courier, Mr. Peppler went on to enjoy a thirty-eight year career as staff photographer at Newsday (N.Y.) and is currently teaching photojournalism at both Adelphi and Stony Brook Universities.

During his three years working for the Southern Courier, Mr. Peppler took over 11,000 photographs documenting the civil rights movement, social conditions in central Alabama, the nightclub Laicos in Montgomery, and the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Over the next few years, ADAH staff will be working to digitize the entire collection and provide online access. We have begun with the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. More images will be added on at least a monthly basis.

It should be noted that the Southern Courier covered the Civil Rights Movement all over the South. Although headquartered in Montgomery, the newspaper established field workers in many Alabama and Mississippi cities. David Underhill was one such field worker/reporter who operated in Mobile, Alabama. Much like the digital collection, the newspaper offers a view and coverage of the CRM not seen by many.

The Collection is impressive but some part of me is irritated by CONTENTdm. Is it me or does CONTENTdm seem to disregard respect de fonds and respect for original order? In the digital world are these antiquated archival ideas? How important is context when it comes to access to collections?