Regional newspapers remain an important source for local news, events and family information. The State Archives of North Carolina has an ongoing directive to store security microfilm of these important local resources. In addition, the State Archives of North Carolina also provides reading copies of the microfilm for researchers who visit the Search Room.
The Imaging Unit of the State Archives works to bring such regional resources to the Archives’ holdings. Working with local community leaders – librarians, publishers and editors – the Imaging Unit seeks to find such regional newspapers to preserve and provide access to the materials. The collecting of, preservation of, and providing access to, these types of assets reflects the continuing charge and commitment of the agency to foster a collaborative service environment with public records custodians and the general public.
One such regional gem is The St. Pauls Review, the local newspaper of St. Pauls, Robeson County, North Carolina. The town was incorporated in 1909 and settlement dates to the mid-19th Century. Originally settled on the stage coach line from Fayetteville to Lumberton, the town moved slightly south when a rail road line replaced the stage route as the major thorough fare through the region. Holdings for the newspaper begin with scattered issues from 1934 and continue on through June 2013. This addition to the Archives represents almost eighty years of regional news for northeast Robeson County. It should prove a boon for researchers interested in the area and particularly for genealogists who might find their ancestors hail from that region.
The thirty reels of microfilm containing the eighty years of information are available to researchers in the microfilm room of the main Search Room of the State Archives of North Carolina. Newspaper microfilm is filed under the name of the town or city and the microfilm room is a self-service area. After registration to enter the Search Room, researchers can access the microfilm on their own. The Public Services Reference Archivists can assist you with microfilm – you need only ask for their help at the main reference desk.
The Imaging Unit wishes to thank librarian Tommy Belch for working with us to bring this important regional resource to a larger audience. Please contact Chris Meekins, Imaging Unit Head, for information regarding the storing of security microfilm of newspapers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 919.807.7333.