Atlanta Constitution Historical Full Text from ProQuest (available to UGA faculty, students, and staff through GALILEO) offers full-text and full-image articles from the Atlanta Constitution dating back to 1868. Access is provided to digital reproductions of every page from every available issue in downloadable PDF files. Until recently, the coverage ended in the 1940s – however, it’s a joyous day today as the coverage has now been expanded to include content up to 1984.
What happened in Atlanta from 1945-1984? Well, the obvious and perhaps most historically important subject matter now available has to do with the Civil Rights Era. But you also get:
- The Braves and Hawks moving to Atlanta, as well as the formation of the Falcons.
- The beginning of Lewis Grizzard‘s beloved columns. (And including this recently recirculated gem.)
- The establishment of the Peach Bowl.
- The first Atlanta Gay Pride Festival (in 1971!)
- The first international flights out of ATL (also 1971!)
- The election of the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson (who will later have his name appended to the airport to make it Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.)
- The opening of MARTA.
- The launch of CNN.
To sum up: So. Much. Stuff. And the best part about the ProQuest coverage of historical newspapers is that it’s not just the article text, it’s also photographs, cartoons, advertisements, etc. Essentially, it’s every page of the paper, reproduced digitally and even searchable by type.
And, as always, more recent articles from the Atlanta Journal and Constitution can be found in LexisNexis Academic (selective content, 1991-present, UGA log-in required).