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Re: Augusta Focus Newspaper ?
In Response To: Augusta Focus Newspaper ? ()


My first thought with a recent paper is to consult the library in the area, then any local historical or genealogy societies. What I would be really hoping for is the creation of an extensive index that they may have onsite to zero in on date. Short of that, I’d be looking for them to have copies of the paper. In attempting to find the article with minimal effort, if I find they do not have a helpful index, I would then look for the existence of a digital copy of the paper online (and searchable). I have looked for you on Genealogybank, but it is not there. I don’t have access at home to NewspaperArchive, the other big paid newspaper database, but I was able to do a title search for the Focus it there and came up empty.

If this was a weekly paper, then you should be able to find the article rather painlessly by getting it sent to your local library on loan. With it being published during the holiday season, you may find it in the 4-5 issues printed in December. By looking on Chronicling America, there are at least 2 institutions that own microfilm copies of the paper—Paine College, and the Univ of GA at Athens. However, you won’t have to worry about where it is—the interlibrary loan people will locate it and get it sent to your library.

In doing several Google searches, I was finally able to come up with something on the author of the column. He’s a very interesting guy, and was 85 yrs old and living in a nursing home when a 1997 article. It also states that he wrote Going Places for several local papers, so the Pritchards piece may be in multiple places. Finally, it mentions that the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History [(706) 724-3576] had a representative at event honoring Phil Waring, so they are a potential lead in locating your article.

My recommendation is to contact one of the local libraries first: the Augusta-Richmond Public Library’s website states that they have a large collection of newspapers on microfilm in their Georgia Heritage Room. There is a good chance that they are familiar with Waring and his column and will find the article and send it to you for minimal cost.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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