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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1180A Previous Report (1179B)  |  Next Report (1181A)
INDEX NAME:  The Press Enterprise Index
  • PRESS ENTERPRISE Riverside CA 1946-Current
COMPILER:  LOCATION OR PUBLISHER: PRESS ENTERPRISE COMPANY 3512 Fourteenth St PO Box 792 Riverside CA 92502 Telephone: (714) 684-1200
AVAILABILITY:  Only one copy of this book form index currently available. It must be used in the Press Enterprise newspaper library on Tuesday evenings, from 6 to 8 pm. Plans are being considered for producing a microfilmed edition of the index.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  We index all stories appearing in the local news pages; selected stories appearing in state, national, and international news pages; selected stories appearing in sports and sidelight sections; all local bylines. Certain persons who are prominent in the news are indexed, including local legislators, the governor, US Senators and the President. The index is essentially a "log" of all of the articles which would have been clipped and filed in a normal library morgue. The log consists of pages with the subject heading of the clipping file at the top, followed by a description of each article which would normally be placed in the file. The use of a log allows minor articles to be ignored (not clipped at all) without totally losing them. It also allows the clipping file to be reconstructed if damaged or lost. At the same time, it does serve as a legitimate index to the newspaper, where the subject headings used just happen to coincide with the clipping file headings.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  The index or log is typewritten on 8½x11 inch pages which are filed in alphabetical order in three ring notebooks. In the upper right hand corner of each sheet is typed the subject heading for that sheet, followed by the year and the sheet number (if more than one sheet for that year). The sheet is then filled up with entries. Each entry begins with the month and day and is followed by a sometimes lengthy description of the article. The entry begins with the month and day and is followed by a sometimes lengthy description of the article. The entry ends with a code for the paper, the edition, and the page number where the article appeared. The letter "T" indicates that a copy of the clipping will not be found in the clipping file.
SIZE OF INDEX:  About 24,000 entries are added to the index each year. This translates to about 1200 pages per year.
Grace D. Parch. DIRECTORY OF NEWSPAPER LIBRARIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. Newspaper Division, Special Libraries Association, 1976.
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