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Posted February 25, 2015

North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive now available in GALILEO

The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive, which includes six newspaper titles published in three north Georgia cities (Dalton, Gainesville, and Rome) from 1850 to 1922, is now available at or through the GALILEO website.

This archive joins other historical newspaper collections in the Digital Library of Georgia. See a full list here:

An announcement from the Digital Library of Georgia describing the resource is available below.

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

The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to six newspaper titles published in three north Georgia cities (Dalton, Gainesville, and Rome) from 1850 to 1922. Consisting of over 33,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date. The site is compatible with all current browsers and the newspaper page images can be viewed without the use of plug-ins or additional software downloads.

The archive includes the following north Georgia newspaper titles: Gainesville News (1902-1922), Georgia Cracker (Gainesville) (1894-1902), North Georgia Citizen (Dalton) (1868-1921), Rome Courier (1850-1855), Rome Tri-Weekly Courier (1860-1880), Rome Weekly Courier (1860-1878). The Digital Library of Georgia will add additional titles from the region over time.

The North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia, as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The Digital Library of Georgia is a project of Georgia’s Virtual Library GALILEO and is based at the University of Georgia. Georgia HomePLACE 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 Atlanta Historic Newspapers Archive (1847-1922), the Macon Telegraph Archive (1826-1908), the Savannah Historic Newspapers Archive (1809-1880), the Athens Historic Newspapers Archive (1827-1928), the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive (1845-1922), the Columbus Enquirer Archive (1828-1890), the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive (1808-1920), the Southern Israelite Archive (1929-1986), the Red and Black Archive (1893-2006), and the Mercer Cluster Archive (1920-1970). These archives can be accessed at

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If you have any questions or need more information, please use the GALILEO Contact Us feature or contact the ITS Helpdesk at or 1-888-875-3697.

Posted January 27, 2015

Georgia Archives Upcoming Events

The Georgia Archives, in Morrow, Georgia, is an important center for the preservation of and access to Georgia historical documents, has an exciting slate of activities of interest to the library and education communities and to anyone interested in history. The lunch and learn sessions are free; just bring your lunch and enjoy. The February 18th workshop has a registration fee.

Lunch and Learn Lunch_Learn_-Jan-_April_2015.pdf
The Tuskegee Airmen, 1930-1949, presented by Dr. Daniel Haulman, Air Force Historical Research Agency
February 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The History and Preservation Treatment of Savannah’s Historic Torahs, , presented by Kim Norman, Georgia Archives and Members of Mickve Israel Congregation
March 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Black History Month Program BlackHistoryMonth_flyer_2015.pdf
Local Institutional Collections that Highlight Experiences of African Americans in the 20th Century South
February 14, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Local Government Records Management and Preservation Workshop ($25 registration fee) Historical_Records_Preservation_Workshop.pdf
February 18, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Posted January 23, 2015

Text-to-Speech Features in GALILEO Resources

GALILEO users can listen to articles read to them in several GALILEO resources. The text-to-speech, or read-aloud, feature can be very helpful for students struggling with reading or for those who just prefer to listen to the spoken word. The voices sound natural, and in some resources, are available in various accents. Some even provide a download option to make it easy for users to listen at their leisure.

The Discover search and EBSCO databases provide a “Listen” feature and a download option to save articles as mp3 files. The downside to this feature is that it’s only available for HTML articles, and many articles are only available as PDFs. The Listen/Download feature appears just above the HTML text of the article. There are also options to select the accent of the reader (American, British, or Australian), as well as the reading speed. The Discover search and core EBSCO databases are available to all GALILEO users.

For K-12 schools and the higher education institutions that purchase SIRS resources, SIRS Discoverer also features a “Listen” feature and the ability to download an mp3. The ReadSpeaker tool also allows users to select reading speed and options for highlighting text. All of the articles are in HTML, so every article can be read aloud and downloaded.

Britannica Elementary articles appear in an easy-to-use reader. Students will find clicking the “play” button intuitive. Britannica Middle and Britannica High have speaker icons at the top of articles to turn on the read-aloud feature. Britannica is subscribed via GALILEO by K-12 schools.

To try out any of these features, go to the database and run a search. Select an article to see the text-to-speech features.

Posted January 19, 2015

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr., Day!

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day by exploring some of the resources available through GALILEO. Just search GALILEO for Martin Luther King, Jr. to see articles, images, videos, and more, including items from the Civil Rights Digital Library (CRDL). Below is a list of some of the collections available through the CRDL:

Also, be sure to check out the full text of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Some links may not work off site. Log in to GALILEO first for access.

Posted December 29, 2014

This Day in Georgia History: December 29, 1835

On this day in 1835, the Treaty of New Echota was signed. The treaty ceded Cherokee land to the U.S. in exchange for five million dollars. The treaty was negotiated by Cherokee leader, Major Ridge, who only spoke for a small fraction of the Cherokee nation. The rejection of the treaty by the Cherokee Nation would lead to the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from Georgia.

Read a letter from John Ross, principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, denouncing the Treat of New Echota in the Digital Library of Georgia

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