Our archives are expanding again! We’ve added new newspapers from Miami, Florida, and Raleigh, North Carolina, bringing wonderful new content from the Southern United States.

The Miami Herald – September 20, 1926

The Miami Herald: In 1891, a woman named Julia Tuttle left Cleveland after the death of her husband. She purchased 640 acres in what is present-day downtown Miami and persuaded a railroad magnate to extend the rail lines south to Miami. Miami was incorporated in 1896, with a population of just over 300, and The Miami Herald began publication in 1910. Initially published six times a week, it became a daily in 1913. Our digital archives date back to 1911 and chronicle the growth of southern Florida.  

In 1926, an intense hurricane brought death and destruction to Miami. For days leading up to the Miami Hurricane, meteorologists warned that a storm was brewing, but didn’t think it would make landfall. The first storm warnings were issued on September 18, 1926. The Miami Herald was unable to publish a paper on the 19th, but on September 20th, the Palm Beach Post allowed the Miami Herald use of its publishing facilities and the paper reported that Miami suffered “the worst disaster in its history” with more than 10,000 homes damaged or destroyed. The famous Art Deco District sprung up during the era of post-hurricane re-development.

In 1959 Fidel Castro rose to power and hundreds of thousands of Cubans emigrated to Miami. The Spanish-speaking population burgeoned and in 1975, the Herald created a Spanish insert called El Miami Herald. It featured Spanish translations of the stories in the Herald. Pleased with the success, the paper decided to launch a separate Spanish newspaper and in 1987, El Nuevo Herald began publication.

Search the pages of Herald for news on Miami residents, obituaries, marriage and divorce news, birth announcements, and more. Stories like anniversary announcements can also contain a wealth of genealogical information.

The News and Observer: Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and the progressive, Pulitzer Prize-winning News and Observer has played an influential role in the history of the city and state, particularly in terms of political issues. Our archives date back to 1880, about the time that then-Governor Thomas J. Jarvis used the pages of the paper to advocate for the building of a proper Governor’s Mansion to conduct state business. The public agreed and construction began. Jarvis’s predecessor, Governor Daniel G. Fowle, was the first to occupy the mansion, though it was short-lived when he died unexpectedly just months later.

The News and Observer – June 1, 1890

In 1884, a group of young men, all under the age of 30, established a group called the Watauga Club. They promoted educational, agricultural, and industrial development in the state. In 1887, the club was the driving force behind a new college in Raleigh. Construction got underway, and in October 1889, North Carolina State University opened as the College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. The college aimed to provide an education for the children of farmers, mechanics, and other workers.

The News and Observer – December 23, 1887

The Observer supported women suffrage and reported on the efforts of the suffrage movement under leader Cornelia Petty Jerman. Jerman was at the forefront of the movement in North Carolina and was the first woman to serve as a delegate to the Democratic State Convention. At the time of her death in 1946, the News and Observer called her the “State’s First Woman.”

The News and Observer is a wonderful resource if you have ancestors from North Carolina. Search for your family in articles like family reunion notices, society pages, and marriage announcements. Start searching the pages of The Miami Herald and The News and Observer today on Newspapers.com.

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37 thoughts on “New Papers from Miami and Raleigh!

  1. Hi, Thank you for adding the Raleigh News & Observer (N&O) to your repertoire. It may now be “progressive”, but part of its enduring legacy is the racist role that publisher Josephus Daniels played in fomenting a rebellion/riot/massacre/coup in Wilmington NC in 1898. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmington_insurrection_of_1898 Just last week, a statue of Daniels was removed from its prominent spot in downtown Raleigh. I guess we have to take the bad with the good.

    1. Hi Dave, Some of this history is difficult. Our goal is to provide the resource and hopefully we can learn from our history and do better in the future.

    2. I have a concern. Two weeks ago I subscribed and used articles from the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1973. Yesterday when I looked for something else in the same newspaper, the same year, I was told that the paper was not part of your holdings. That paper is the main reason I subscribed. The Times-Dispatch itself has electronic archives beginning in 1986 on their website; they told me that for material prior to 1986 I needed to go to newspapers.com. What caused the Times-Dispatch to disappear on your website? More importantly when will it be restored?

    3. I’m glad to see the Raleigh N&O added.

      Also, the NC State University board of trustees voted unanimously last week to change the name of Daniels Hall on the main campus.

      The times they are a-changing.

  2. These are both McClatchy papers, which makes me wonder if you will soon be adding the Lexington Herald and Lexington Leader. The Herald-Leader is now a McClatchy paper, and those archives were formerly on Newsbank’s consumer product. If you can add them, I will become a subscriber to Newspapers.com. Any news on the Lexington papers? Thanks!

    1. Hi Tom, We’re partnering with McClatchy and will be adding those Lexington papers. I can’t give you an exact date because COVID has complicated the process, but they are coming!

      1. So glad to hear that the Lexington papers will be coming back. I have really missed them and had seriously considered canceling my subscription when they disappeared, but have not (yet).

  3. Add Express-Times, same as Easton Express, Easton, PA – Marx Room, Easton Public Library

  4. My wish is the Asheville Citizen-Times. Newspapers.com isn’t much use to me without it.

  5. Will you be adding McClatchy papers in California such as The Fresno Bee?

  6. As someone who uses your site as a wonderful genealogical tool, with family in central and eastern Canada, is there any chance of more papers from Toronto or eastern Canada coming soon?

  7. It would be nice if you would add some more Canadian Newspapers! I find without Canadian papers I am very limited. 🙁

  8. Newspapers.com is an awesome site and I use it all the time. Glad you just added The Miami Herald. Could you please see about adding The Key West Citizen from the City of Key West of course. Thanks….

  9. The Miami Herald-Facsimile Edition Was a very version of electronic newspapers and newspapers.com.

  10. Help…
    I really really need you to add newspapers from Franklin, Tennessee.
    I’ll take you all out to lunch.
    Thank you for your fantastic service,

  11. Hi! Long time subscriber. Would love to see you add the old Baltimore New American. I grew up with it and later worked for it. Great little paper with some terrific writers. Any chance of this happening?

  12. Hasn’t the N & O been available for a while now? In any event I am very grateful you have it on there as it has been very helpful in my research. I really like how newspapers.com functions. Much easier than competitor.

  13. Hi, I have found so much about my family (and friends families) since joining.My request is adding more from the Winston Salem papers. There is nothing since about 1920. Thanks

  14. Please consider expansions for the. Columbus (GA) Ledger-Enquirer and the primary newspaper for Birmingham, AL. Thank you for this important consideration.

  15. The Louisville Times, an evening newspaper, existed for many years as a counterpoint to the morning Courier-Journal. It was shut down by Gannett in 1987. I miss it very much.

  16. Will you be including The Virginian Pilot and the Ledger Star from Norfolk, VA?

  17. I’d really appreciate some more Nashville Tennesseans and Nashville Americans – anything from Nashville, The Fayetteville Observer from Fayetteville, TN which brings me to Madison Co., Alabama all from their beginnings which would be a great help,

  18. So glad for the addition of the Raleigh News and Observer! Thank you!!

  19. Wisconsin and Minnesota please!
    Iron River Pioneer, Superior Evening Telegram, Sawyer County Record and Duluth News Tribune. Most on microfilm at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison.

  20. How can I assist in your enlarging your collection of the Cherryville (NC) Eagle. Currently you have but four issues, from the 1915 and 1917, I think. I have access to many, many more years of editions. Thanking you in advance. Newspapers.Com is FANTABULOUS!

  21. I am SO GLAD I have Newspapers. My jaw has dropped SO MANY times reading about my relatives in our local newspapers.

    Talk about skeletons in the your closet.

  22. I enjoy your website. When is Columbia County New York papers going to be on your website? Like Hudson’s Register Star and Chatham Courier

  23. Wow, that is amazing that Jarvis’s predecessor lived in the Raleigh Governor Mansion before it was even built. One would think that it was one of his successors. The more you know.

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