Scott Siercks, a University of North Georgia (UNG) student, recently donated a collection of vintage American newspapers to the UNG Archives.
The donations included: an original issue of the London Chronicle dated August 16, 1760, in which matters related to events in Britain and in the American colonies were discussed; an original issue of the London Chronicle dated February 10, 1774, in which articles appeared that reflected growing tension between Britain and the American colonies; and an original issue of the Brooklyn (NY) Daily Eagle dated November 6, 1912, reporting on the election of Woodrow Wilson as president of the United States as well as other national election results.
These items have been passed down in Siercks' family and now will be housed in the university archives for future researchers.
The items are significant to the UNG Archives because "they are historical artifacts that give first person accounts of very important historical events," said Dr. Ben Wynne, professor of history.
"These newspapers would certainly benefit faculty researchers as well as anyone who has an interest in history. My classes will benefit from his generosity because my students will actually get to view these museum-quality items firsthand. Mr. Siercks' donation is very generous and we certainly hope other students follow his lead and support the UNG Archives."