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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1076A Previous Report (1075A)  |  Next Report (1077A)
INDEX NAME:  Fresno and Central San Joaquin Valley Local History Index
  • BEE Fresno CA 1922-Current
  • EXPOSITOR Fresno CA 1870-1898
  • HERALD Sanger CA ?
  • GUIDE Fresno CA 1967-Current
  • MOUNTAIN PRESS Auberry CA 1976-Current
  • NORTH FORK JOURNAL North Fork CA 1977-Current
  • REPUBLICAN Fresno CA 1876-1932
  • SIERRA STAR Oakhurst CA 1977-Current
  • TRIBUNE Fresno CA 1932-1933
COMPILER:  Sam A. Suhler
2420 Mariposa St
Fresno CA 93721
Telephone: (209) 488-3208
AVAILABILITY:  Microfiche copy of the card file index, from its beginning through the Spring of 1975, is available from Bay Microfilm, Inc; Palo Alto CA. Estimated cost: $500. The original card file index is available for use in the Central Library of the Fresno County Free Library.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The Fresno BEE and the Fresno GUIDE are the nucleus of this local history index. The emphasis of the index is Fresno City and County, with some additional material on the San Joaquin Valley and the state of California. Since 1970, the California section has been augmented sparingly due to the existance of the CALIFORNIA NEWS INDEX and the LOS ANGELES TIMES INDEX. However, some subject headings of immediate concern to this area, such as those involving Yosemite National Park, still receive intensive index treatment. The index also includes references to non-newspaper material, including selected local periodicals (such as the quarterly publications of the Fresno County Historical Society and the Fresno Genealogy Society), verified informational items from local sources (city and county governmental agencies) and references to the transcripts of the local oral history program.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A 3x5 card file index. It is divided into three sections: 1. The Fresno City and County Index 2. The San Joaquin Valley Index 3. The California Index A letter code (B, SJV or C) in the upper left hand corner of each card indicates the section. Within each index, the cards are arranged in alphabetical order by subject, and there are thousands of "see" and "see also" reference cards throughout the indexes. Each card consists of several entries per card. In fact, unfilled cards are kept in a "current" file until full, then they are transfered to the permanent index file. Each card within the same subject is numbered in the upper right hand corner to help preserve order. Each entry consists of the headline or brief annoitation, followed by the citation. The citation consists of a code for the newspaper, plus the month, day, year and page where the article will be found.
SIZE OF INDEX:  "Several thousand entries" are added yearly to this index.
1. T. Gwinup et al. "Survey of local newspapers in California". California Librarian, v.36, p.4-45, January 1975.
2. Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
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