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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1158A Previous Report (1157A)  |  Next Report (1158B)
INDEX NAME:  Louisiana News Index
  • LOUISIANA GAZETTE New Orleans LA 1804-1811(Apr 24); 1814-1815
  • STATES ITEM (& predecessors) New Orleans LA 1946-1964
  • German newspapers New Orleans LA 1849-1872
  • New Orleans daily newspapers New Orleans LA 1860-1866(Mar);1890-1892(Oct);1920(Jan-Mar);1930-1932(Jul);1940-1941(Mar)
COMPILER:  This index was originally launched as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. WPA indexing was halted in 1939 and the library continued it from 1946 through 1963.
Louisiana Division
219 Loyola Ave
New Orleans LA 70140
Telephone: (504) 586-4912
AVAILABILITY:  Only one copy of this card file index exists. It must be used in the New Orleans Public Library. Photocopies of index cards (approximately 5 per 8½x11 inch sheet) will be made at prevailing rates.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  An index to all Louisiana news. Particularly strong on the Battle of New Orleans and the Civil War. All of the following types of stories are indexed: Fatal accidents; major crimes; articles about local & state governments and politics; historical articles; important civic events; cultural events; news items concerning persons with Louisiana background (regardless of dateline); and articles aobut education. The following types of stories are indexed selectively: Sports stories which are also news stories; social events which are news stories; real estate stories concerning historic sites or buildings; real estate stories concerning opening of new subdivisions, shopping centers, etc; reviews of books by people from Louisiana; economic & business news; visitors to state; major conventions; editorials and cartoons pertaining to any of the above; and any columns pertaining to any of the above.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A 3x5 card file index divided into three sections: SUBJECT, PERSONAL NAME and BUSINESSES. Within each file, the cards are arranged in alphabetical order. Most cards contain a single entry. Each entry consists of the headline and in some cases a brief summary of the article, followed by the citation. The citation consists of the name of the paper (abbreviated), the date (mo-dy-yr), section, page and column. There are about 528,000 cards in total.
SIZE OF INDEX:  About 650,000 entries in the total index.
Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
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