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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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.

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INDEX NAME:  The Flint Journal Index
  • THE FLINT JOURNAL Flint MI 1963(Sep) to date
COMPILER:  Flint Public Library 1026 E. Kearsley St. Flint MI 48502
1026 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48502
Telephone: (313) 232-7119
AVAILABILITY:  Subscriptions available. The current year is published in 12 monthly editions ($90) and one annual cumulation ($60). 40 copies of the monthly and 50 copies of the annual index are currently produced. Prior years available as annual cumulations only (write for prices). The Index and microfilm copies of the papers are available for use in the Flint Public Library Reference Department, 1026 Kearsley St., Flint, MI 48502.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The emphasis is on being very comprehensive as regards local and state news, rather that being highly selective. Included are all items of statewide interest and items from around the nation and world which involve Michigan residents. There is extensive local coverage of the paper's circulation area of Genesee and Lapeer counties, plus parts of Shiawassee, Saginaw, Tuscola, Livingston, and Oakland counties, Detroit and Lansing city events are fully indexed. Also included are letters-to-the-editor, editorials, editorial cartoons, reviews of art exhibits, books, concerts, theater, records, films and other cultural activities. Obituaries are indexed. Omitted are vital statistic columns, most advertising, routine social and sports events, and non-news items about such things as hobbies and homemaking.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  The index is divided into two sections: 1. Personal names in alphabetical order 2. General subjects in alphabetical order. Each entry consists of a brief description of the article, usually not the same as the headline. Each citation gives the month, day, year, page and column where the article can be found. An asterisk (*) preceding the citation indicates that a photograph accompanies the article. The letter "F" preceding the citation indicates that the article contains Flint area new. The index is printed monthly on 9½x11" paper, and consists of (approx.) 30 pages per month. There are two columns of entries per page running the short (9½") direction. The type is computer line-printer output, reduced in size. Reproduction is by offset duplicator.
SIZE OF INDEX:  Each monthly index contains about 5,000 entries.
1. Norman M. Lathrop. "FLINT JOURNAL Project: Approach to Newspaper Indexing". REFERENCE QUARTERLY, 3:11-12, May 1974.
2. Special Libraries Association. Newspaper Division. GUIDELINES FOR NEWSPAPER LIBRARIES, CHAPER XVII - INDEXING (PG. 5). 1976. ANPA FOUNDATION, RESTON, VA.
3. Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
4. Grace D. Parch. DIRECTORY OF NEWSPAPER LIBRARIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. Newspaper Division, Special Libraries Association, 1976.
SAMPLE ILLUSTRATION:  The following examples show typical entries as they appear in the personal name and general subject sections of the index.
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