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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1069A Previous Report (1068A)  |  Next Report (1069B)
INDEX NAME:  Index to Local News in the Hampshire Gazette
  • HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE Northampton MA 1786(Sep 6)-1937(May 11)
COMPILER:  Charles J. Dean Prepared and edited by the Historical Records Survey Division of Professional and Service Projects Works Progress Administration (WPA).
Northampton MA 01060
Telephone: (413) 584-8399
AVAILABILITY:  One copy of this book form index is available for use in the Forbes Library. Another copy is available at the American Antiquarian Society (Worcester MA).
SCOPE OF INDEX:  Within the scope of this index willl be found the story of all public and many privately owned buildings, banks, bridges, public halls, hotels, hospitals, libraries, old houses, parks, post offices, school houses, playgrounds, apartment houses and theatres. The evolution of transportation may be traced in the accounts of stage coaches, canals, steam railroads, trolley lines, automobiles and airplanes. The various aspects of town and city government have their places. The industries which have been so largely responsible for the progress of the city and its surrounding towns have their proper share of space. The extension of other commercial activities may be learned through the accounts of many stories and buisness houses. The social and cultural side of life is illustrated by references to the numerous educational, cultural and social organizations which have flourished from time to time. Fires, floods, the weather and so-called "acts of God" are recorded. There is a long list of persons prominent in every walk of life, both locally and nationally who have added to the richness of our traditions and culture. The proud records of local military organizations occupy a substantial section in the index. A history of Northampton and many towns in the county could easily be written from the public records, historical articles and data, and remininscences to which reference is made. The rise and fall of political parties and the records of successful candidates for public offices may be traced.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  Typewritten on 8½x11 inch sheets, the index has three distinct sections: Part 1: Northampton (341 pages) Part 2: Hampshire and Franklin Counties (except Northampton) (100 pages) Part 3: Personal Section (295 pages) The transcription was prepared from 7008 3x5 inch cards compiled by Charles J. Dean. Within Parts 1 & 2, the arrangement is alphabetical by subject. Following each subject heading is a chronological listing of headlines (or brief descriptions) then the citation. The citation consists of the year, month and day where the article appeared. Within Part 3, the arrangement is alphabetical by personal name, followed by a brief description of the activity of the person which is being indexed, then the year, month and day where the article appeared.
1 "Historical survey's first newspaper index is that of the Gazette," Hampshire Gazette, Oct 30, 1939.
2 Herbert O. Brayer. "Preliminary guide to indexed newspapers in the United States, 1850-1900". Mississippi Valley Historical Review, v.33, #2, Sept. 2, 1946.
3 Harry A. Friedman. NEWSPAPER INDEXING. Marquette University Press, Milwaukee WI, 1942.
4 Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
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