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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1179B Previous Report (1179A)  |  Next Report (1180A)
INDEX NAME:  The Evening Sun Index
  • THE EVENING SUN Baltimore MD 1910-1955
COMPILER:  The original index was compiled by the Baltimore Sunpapers Library (The A.S. Abell Company, Publisher). It has been given to the Pratt on a long term permanent loan.
Maryland Department
400 Cathedral St
Baltimore MD 21201
Telephone: (301) 396-5468
AVAILABILITY:  The original index cards are located in the Enoch Pratt Free Library. The public will not be given direct access to the cards, however, limited searches will be performed by library staff. The majority of the index has been microfilmed from its beginning up to 1951. Copies of the film are available for public use in the Enoch Pratt Free Library and in the Baltimore Sunpapers Library. Copies of the microfilmed index may be purchased from the Bell & Howell Company (Micro Photo Division, Old Mansfield Rd, Wooster OH 44691). Write for prices.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The index attempted to pick up all items that were considered editorial content. The entries may be filed under either a subject or personal name heading. Typical categories under which large numbers of items are collected are: Accidents, Fires, Negroes, Parks, Politics, Railroads, Congress, Murders, Suicides, Poems, and Ships. Geographic headings are often used for subject headings and these are elaborately subdivided . For example, the heading BALTIMORE is subdivided into Accidents, Charities, Churches, Parks, Port, Public Schools, Weddings, names of organizations, ... etc. The headings SPORTS is subdivided into such headings as Athletics, Baseball, Hockey, Horse-racing, ... etc. The subdivisions EDITORIALS, LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, NECROLOGY and STORIES (feature stories & fiction) are used often in arranging the index cards.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  The index for the Evening Sun, 1910-1954, is on 2-3/16" x 5" cards. This occupies 18 cabinets with 14 drawers per cabinet and two rows of cards per drawer. The 1955 index is on 3x5 cards and occupies a single cabinet with 12 drawers and two rows of cards per drawer. The cards are typewritten. Beginning in 1925, the index was typed on cards which were preprinted with the year and the name of the paper. The cards are arranged in alphabetical order with both subjects and personal names interfiled in the same alphabet. Each card contains more than one entry. The entries tend to be concise, yet complete, statements of the content, followed by the citation. The citation includes the month, day, page and column. Cards prior to 1925 also indicate the paper and year. Accompanying charts, maps, or illustrations are noted. The microfilm edition from Bell & Howell Company is published on 16mm roll film.
1. Robert W. Desmond. Newspaper Reference Methods, The University of Minnesota Press, 1933.
2. Special Libraries Association, Newspaper Division; Guidelines for Newspaper Libraries (Chaper XVII--Indexing--p4), ANPA Foundation (Reston VA), 1976.
3. Clement G. Vitek. "Advantages of a Newspaper Index", Paper delivered to Newspaper Division of Special Libraries Association, Annual Conference, Washington DC, May 1962.
4. Clement G. Vitek. "A Philosphy of Newspaper Indexing", Talk delivered by tape recording to a library workshop organized by Ann Jennings, UCLA Riverside Campus, Mar 4&5 1972.
5. Grace D. Parch. DIRECTORY OF NEWSPAPER LIBRARIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. Newspaper Division, Special Libraries Association, 1976.
6. Harry A. Friedman. NEWSPAPER INDEXING. Marquette University Press, Milwaukee WI, 1942.
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