A new newspaper resource is now available for researchers who visit the State Archives of North Carolina. A nearly complete run of the Harnett County newspaper The Dunn Dispatch has been donated to the Archives. The Imaging Unit has completed preservation microfilming of the newspaper. A security copy of the microfilm was added to the Archives security vault and a research or reading copy of the film has been added to the Archives search room. The holdings for the newspaper range from the start of the paper in 1914 through the end of the paper in November 1965.
This newspaper adds a valuable resource to local events in Harnett County. It is a timely addition to the collection considering that currently the Centennial of the Great War (or World War One) is being observed and the newspaper began at just about the same time as the Great War.
The newspaper is in the microfilm room at the State Archives. Researchers are encourage to use this new resource. The microfilm room is a self-service room but Archives staff are happy to assist researchers in getting started using the microfilm holdings.
The State Archives of North Carolina continues to seek North Carolina based newspapers to add to the newspaper collection. Please contact Chris Meekins, Head of the Imaging Unit, if you have a North Carolina based newspaper you wish to donate to the State Archives. He can be reached via email – chris.meekins <at> ncdcr.gov or by phone – 919-807-7333.