Newspapers from North Carolina are now available online through Chronicling America, a joint project by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities to make available online United States newspapers published from 1836 – 1922. The North Carolina newspapers were originally microfilmed by the Collections Management Branch of the State Archives of North Carolina. The North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is currently managing the digitization of the newspapers from microfilm, quality control, and other aspects of the project. The first 33,500 pages submitted by UNC to Chronicling America include newspapers from Asheville, Raleigh, Tarboro, Boone, and Charlotte and are available online here. An additional 66,500 pages are anticipated to be added in the near future.
Read more about this project at North Carolina Miscellany.