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Columbus Enquirer Archive

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  • Coverage Dates: 1828-1890
  • Audience: General, student, research

The Columbus Enquirer Archive provides online access to early issues of the Columbus Enquirer ranging from its inception as a weekly newspaper in 1828, through the daily issues of the late nineteenth century. Consisting of over 30,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date.

Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar, the future president of the Republic of Texas, established the Columbus Enquirer as a weekly newspaper in May of 1828, making it the third oldest newspaper in Georgia. During its earliest issues, the paper supported the ideological cause of state's rights, exemplified by the quote used in its title banner: "The Union of the States, and the Sovereignty of the States." In the decades that followed, the paper aligned itself politically with the Whig Party and by 1860, broke with many other prominent newspapers of the time by rejecting secession and calling for cooperation with the North, but quickly realigned itself with the Georgia once secession became official. In the post-war period, the Enquirer continued to provide the citizens of Columbus with the latest news with the use of newly available telegraphic news services. In 1874, the Columbus Enquirer merged with its largest local competitor, the Columbus Sun, and became the Columbus Enquirer-Sun.

The Columbus Enquirer 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.

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