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This report is extracted from the 1000 Section (Confirmed Newspaper Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.   Either a compiler, publisher or repository had confirmed the existance of this index and supplied information for the report. See the INTRODUCTION for the methodology used in compiling the LATHROP REPORT.

REPORT NO:  1055A Previous Report (1054C)  |  Next Report (1056A)
INDEX NAME:  Durham Morning Herald & Durham Sun Index
  • DURHAM MORNING HERALD Durham NC 1930-Current
  • DURHAM SUN Durham NC 1970-Current
COMPILER:  The current 1970-1977 index is being prepared by Duke University under the sponsorship or the DURHAM MORNING HERALD/SUN newspapers.
William R. Perkins Library
Newspapers & Microforms Dept
Durham NC 27706
Telephone: (919) 684-3978
AVAILABILITY:  Only one copy of the complete card file index exists. It must be used in the Newspapers & Microforms Dept. A limited printing of the cards in book format, covering the period 1930-1969, was offered in 1970. This publication is no longer available. Cards representing the 1970-1977 part of the index will be microfilmed in the fall of 1978 and copies will be available for purchase.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  Chief emphasis is on local news, including DUKE UNIVERSITY, DURHAM (city and county), and the RESEARCH TRIANGLE. Other areas covered include UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA (Chapel Hill), major STATE GOVERNMENT news and significant news about EDUCATIONAL & RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS, RECREATIONAL & NATURE RESOURCES in the Research Triangle area. Almost all DUKE UNIVERSITY news is covered, except routine calander notices and minor sports stories. Most stories concerning DURHAM CITY AND COUNTY are indexed, except routine sports stories and minor crime. News of the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA at Chapel Hill is covered almost as thourghly as that of Duke University.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A 3x5 card file index in two separate parts. The 1930-1969 card file index cites articles found only in the DURHAM MORNING HERALD. The scope of this early index changed over time and suffers from a lack of consistency. The 1970-Current card file index still concentrates on the DURHAM MORNING HERALD, but includes articles from the DURHAM SUN when they do not duplicate information indexed in the Herald. Both of these card file indexes are arranged in alphabetical order by subject or personal name. OBITUARIES are filed in a separate section. There is only one entry per card. Each card starts with the subject heading, followed by the headline (plus annotation if needed) and then the citation. The citation includes a code for the paper, the month, day, year, section, page and column where the article appeared. The presence of illustrations and portraits is also noted. Index cards for the period 1930-1969 do not contain a code for the newspaper, since these index only the Herald.
SIZE OF INDEX:  About 1200 cards per month are added to the index. There are approximately 150,000 cards in total.
1. Norma Olin Ireland. LOCAL INDEXES IN AMERICAN LIBRARIES. Faxon, Boston MA, 1947.
2. Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
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