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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1101A Previous Report (1100A)  |  Next Report (1102A)
INDEX NAME:  Virginia Gazette Index
  • VIRGINIA GAZETTE Williamsburg VA 1736-1780
Box 220
Williamsburg VA 23185
AVAILABILITY:  The two-volume index (1314 pages) is available from the Institute for $65. The corresponding newspapers on microfilm (6 reels) cost $60. A special combination price of $100 for both.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The index includes both news and advertisements which have been indexed in full by subject, place, institution and personal name. The following is an excerpt from the introduction: "The material in the colonial newspaper may be classified roughly under two heads, news and advertisements; the editorial or anything comparable to it is seldom found. Since the ads in the Virginia Gazette are local in character and the source of much unique information, especially on Tidewater Virginia, they have been indexed in full by person, institution, place and subject. Thus, for example, all items of merchandise listed for sale are included; but books for sale are indexed by list and by author, not by title and subject, because titles given are often inaccurate and do not indicate the actual subjects. The Virginia Gazette contains little local news. The printers derived some news of other colonies and countries from travelers and their letters but more was copied from other newspapers. This portion of the text is indexed for its value as "news", especially of the other colonies and the mother country, however belated and rumored, because some of it may not be found elsewhere and because what Virginians read from week to week is important in evaluating their actions and reactions. Therefore all personal names pertaining to the British colonies and the Empire have been indexed along with a wealth of subject matter. Subjects have been given precedence over geographical places as main headings, except in the case of activities or functions of official agencies of governments, which, we believe, will be most readily available under geographical designation. ... Local news from Great Britian is indexed in less detail than imperial and colonial, and news from the rest of the world with most selectivity."
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A book-form index on 8½x11 inch pages, three columns per page. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order by subject or personal name and then in chronological order. The entry consists of a brief annotation followed by the citation. The citation consists of a code letter which indicates the printer of that particular edition of the newspaper, followed by the day, month, year, page and column where the article can be found.
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