Dec 9, 2021

Over 5,000 Issues of the Wilmington Morning Star to Go Online

The following is from the Digital North Carolina Blog, maintained by the maintained by the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center:

“In following with our collaboration with, we have another large batch of newspapers this week! These images were originally digitized a number of years ago in a partnership with That project focused on scanning microfilmed papers published before 1923 held by the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Special Collections Library. While you can currently search all of those pre-1923 issues on, over the next year we will also make them available in our newspaper database as well. This will allow you to search that content alongside the 2 million pages already on our site – all completely open access and free to use.

“This week we have over 5,000 issues of The Wilmington Morning Star. The paper was founded in 1867 by former Confederate Major William H. Bernard and played a role in stoking the Wilmington Massacre of 1898. In November of 1898 a biracial government was legitimately elected in Wilmington, which the paper claimed to be fraudulent.”

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center has a huge collection of online historic newspapers. The full list may be found at: