100 Years of the Daily Tar Heel Now Available Freely Online

We are very excited to announce that papers spanning the first 100 years of the Daily Tar Heel have been digitized and are now freely available online through the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.

First issue of the Tar Heel, February 23, 1893.

The digital collection covers the years 1893-1992. It contains 73,179 pages in 12,168 issues. For anyone interested in UNC history, it’s a fantastic resource.

The papers were digitized from microfilm (which is why they’re all in black and white) as part of a partnership between Newspapers.com and the UNC Library. The digital DTH is also available on Newspapers.com, along with hundreds of papers from across North Carolina.

The DTH is now freely available thanks to the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, a statewide digital library based in Wilson Library at UNC and supported by the State Library of North Carolina and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center has already digitized papers from colleges and universities around North Carolina, including a few from UNC-Chapel Hill (Black Ink, the Cloudbuster, and the UNC Newsletter).

We’ve had lots of fun looking through the digitized DTH issues. You can browse by year or search by keyword. The transcription was done using optical character recognition, so it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good (thanks it part to the great quality of the microfilm, which was done here in Wilson Library).

If you’re looking for issues of the DTH that are not available in the digital collection, you can access articles from the past few years through dailytarheel.com  and older issues on microfilm in Wilson Library.

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