Tthe Digital Library of Georgia's Newspaper Digitization Team has digitized the Columbus Enquirer from 1828-1890 for the Columbus State University Schwob Memorial Library. The first-ever issue, May 29, 1828, of the Enquirer has been digitized. Unfortunately, the first issue is the only one from the year 1828.
The team also found issues from 1832-1837 and digitized them. The Columbus State University Archives has the Enquirer from 1838 on, so these missing issues are "quite remarkable," said Callie McGinnis, the dean of the CSU Library. "This is due to the fact that the courthouse burned in 1838 -- destroying all the early newspapers.""
The Columbus Enquirer is accessible at http://enquirer.galileo.usg.edu/enquirer/search To actually see the newspaper, you have to have DJVu reader installed. Instructions for installing this free software are at the GALILEO/Enquirer site.
The newspaper is searchable by keyword(s). You can also select a section to print -- see the Help screen for instructions.
"This is a fantastic project for anyone interested in Columbus history -- particularly genealogists," McGinnis said.