-1830s Miners Recorder newspaper added to library's collection

  • New edition: 1830s newspaper added to library's collection
    New edition: 1830s newspaper added to library's collection

The Lumpkin County Library announces the addition of a new historical Lumpkin County newspaper to our microfilm collection.
The Lumpkin County Historical Society recently purchased rolls of microfilm containing the  newspaper Miners Recorder and Spy in the West (March 29, 1834 – October 28, 1837).
The printed newspapers were found around 10 years ago in the attic of a Canton home originally owned by William Grisham.
The newspapers were donated to the Atlanta History Center, where they were placed into the Grisham-Magruder Collection.
Recently, the Center loaned the newspapers to the Georgia Newspaper Project at the University of Georgia where they were microfilmed and made available for purchase.
The Lumpkin County Historical Society has been generous enough to donate a roll to both the Lumpkin and Dawson County Libraries.
From 1834–1848, Milton H. Gathright and Howell Cobb published this newspaper every Saturday. The Miners Recorder and Spy in the West was the second newspaper to be published in Lumpkin County, printed first in Auraria and then later in Dahlonega.
Before the addition of this newspaper to the library’s collection, coverage has been sparse and was limited to a handful of single issues for the 1834–1848 time period.
Now for the first time, the public can access this information on microfilm.
This newspaper provides insight into some of Lumpkin County’s earliest days, and might provide the missing puzzle piece a researcher needs to fill in the gaps about their family history.
The Miners Recorder and Spy in the West contains articles about local events, reproductions of speeches and letters, and advertisements for local businesses.
What will you find in the Miners Recorder? Will you find an obituary for which you’ve been searching high and low? Maybe a letter from a long-lost ancestor? Browse this newly-microfilmed newspaper and get a glimpse into how some of Lumpkin County’s residents lived and worked.  
For anybody curious about Lumpkin County’s history, The Miners Recorder and Spy in the West is sure to be a fascinating read.
You can read the newspaper on the library’s microfilm reader; it is filed with the rest of the Lumpkin County newspapers on microfilm.
Stop by the Lumpkin County Library. You never know what you might discover.