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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1120A Previous Report (1119A)  |  Next Report (1121A)
INDEX NAME:  Oregon Newspaper Index
  • OREGON JOURNAL Portland OR 1910-Current
  • PORTLAND OREGONIAN Portland OR 1910-Current
  • WILLAMETTE WEEK Portland OR 1974(Nov)-Current
Multnomah County Library
Literature & History Dept.
801 S.W. 10th Ave.
Portland OR 97205
Telephone: (503) 223-7201
AVAILABILITY:  Only one copy of this card file index exists. It must be used at the Library Association of Portland.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  Retroactive indexing of the PORTLAND OREGONIAN back to 1851 is underway. The OREGON JOURNAL is not as extensively indexed as the PORTLAND OREGONIAN. Included in the index are items of historical and general interest pertaining to Oregon and Portland. Also included are items of importance about Vancouver, Washington, the Columbia Basin and the Pacific Northwest. High priority is given to biographical items, including obituaries. Local history, geography, organizations, natural resources, economic and social conditions, and government and politics are indexed. National and international news is generally excluded.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A 3x5 card file index arranged in alphabetical order by subject with occasional author entries interfiled. Personal name entries are also interfiled in the same alphabet. Entries begin with the citation, which includes the abbreviated name of the paper, the date (day-mo-yr), the section, page and column. Following the citation is a brief description of the article. Obituary notices include the age of the person. Accompanying photos and illustrations are noted.
SIZE OF INDEX:  About 1400 entries per month are added to the index which currently occupies about 350 catalog trays.
1. Herbert O. Brayer. "Preliminary guide to indexed newspapers in the United States, 1850-1900". Mississippi Valley Historical Review, v.33, #2, Sept. 2, 1946.
2. Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
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