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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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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  • NEW YORK HERALD New York NY 1835-1918
Micro Photo Division
The Indexing Center
Old Mansfield Rd
Wooster OH 44691
Telephone: (216) 264-6666
AVAILABILITY:  The original copy of much of this index was acquired by Bell & Howell Company from the WORLD JOURNAL TRIBUNE, successor to the NEW YORK HERALD, when that company quit business. The following historical information is excerpted from the FRIEDMAN book, page 10: "In 1880, almost simultaneously with that of the (New York) Times, the New York Herald organized its index bureau under the direction of Robert Bligh, one of America's first newspaper librarians. Under Orders from James Gordon Bennett, the elder, Bligh went back to 1835, the year the Herald started, and indexed each issue in longhand on large ledger sheets and later in loose-leaf books, until 1880, when he ended his labors." "From 1880 until 1920, when the Herald and the New York Tribune were merged, the index was under the direction of several men. The index, which consists of 1,742 volumes, is written entirely in longhand with the exception of a period from 1908 to 1920 when it was typewritten and four carbon copies were made. Five typewritten copies of the (handwritten ledger) index from letters A to C were made by Maurice Sumonds, ..." A review of the Bell & Howell acquisition shows that they have the following physical items:1,450 of the handwritten ledger volumes believed to contain an estimated 4.5 million entries. A typed transcript of the above handwritten volumes which covers letter A to BRAD. This typed version occupies 29 volumes and appears to be a carbon copy. Typewritten indexes covering the following periods: July 1 1908-Dec 31 1910. Volumes 1-59 (A-Z) with Volume 9 missing (BROO-BURO). Appears to be a carbon copy. Jan 1 1911-June 30 1913. Volumes 1-50 (A-Z). Appears to be a carbon copy. July 1 1913-Dec 31 1915. Volumes 1-48 (A-Z) 1916. Volumes 1-19 (A-WA). 1917. Volumes 1-22 (A-Z) 1918. Volumes 1-5 (A-COL) The entire index is available for use by special arrangement only at the Micro Photo Division (Wooster OH 44691).
FORMAT OF INDEX:  The majority of the index consists of small books, measuring about 4x8 inches, whose pages consist of portions of ledger sheets upon which are handwritten the index entries covering the period May 6 1835-June 30 1908. Each page consists of a single subject, followed by one or more entries in chronological order. These books form a single A-Z alphabetical index for the period 1835-1908. The balance of the index consists of bound typewritten books measuring about 6x8 inches, with the entries arranged in alphabetical order by subject or personal name. Entries consist of a brief description of the article, followed by the citation. In the handwritten ledgers, the citation is in the order month, day, year, page and column. In the typed version, the citation is year (not repeated if the next entry is the same year), month, day, page, and column.
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