We are pleased to announce that microfilmed issues of The Winston-Salem Chronicle are being digitized through a partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (DigitalNC) and are now available online. With permission from the The Winston-Salem Chronicle, 15 microfilm reels were sent to DigitalNC for digitization this spring. Half of the collection was sent so that patrons would continue to have access to some newspaper back issues. The digitized editions cover 1974 through 1996 with the exception of 1988, due to an issue with the microfilm reel for that year. We will be sending the second round of reels to be digitized this fall. They will cover 1997 to 2014.

Chronicle 1st

Cover Page of First Issue, Sept. 5, 1974

The digital collection currently contains 1168 issues that  are conveniently organized by year and searchable in a calendar format.

Chronicle Calendar

Newspaper Search By Title, Then Date 1984 Selected For Calendar Date Display

Or you can browse the issues by thumbnail image. Click on the image to view the issue.  You can zoom in or out to view the issue, page back and forth through the issue, and view as text only or PDF. Also, you can use the “clip images” feature to save a page or generate a persistent link to the page. Please remember that The Winston-Salem Chronicle retains copyright for the newspaper’s content.


View Issues By Date Range (“Show Only Front Pages” Option Checked)

The newspaper editions are keyword searchable. Keywords are highlighted. Spellings may change over time so it is important to use different spellings to aid your search results. For instance, using “theater” and “theatre” for this search.


National Black Theatre Festival article keyword search result.

We hope that you find accessing The Winston-Salem Chronicle online at DigitalNC useful for your research, information, and entertainment needs. The back issues from 1997 to the present are available on microfilm in the North Carolina Room.