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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1208A Previous Report (1207A)  |  Next Report (1209A)
INDEX NAME:  Index to the San Diego Union and San Diego Herald.
  • SAN DIEGO HERALD San Diego CA 1851-1860
  • SAN DIEGO UNION San Diego CA 1868-1904(Aug);1930-Current
California Room
820 E Street
San Diego CA 92101
Telephone: (714) 236-5834
AVAILABILITY:  The index from 1851 to 1975 is available on some 2000 4x6 microfiche. The microfiche consist of about 500 images per fiche of the original 3x5 inch cards which made up the index. The microfiche is available from Custom Microfilm Systems (PO Box 792, Riverside CA 92502). The 1978 price was $2800. The current index, from 1976 to date, is maintained in card format and must be used in the San Diego Public Library. The earlier index is also available for public use in the San Diego Public Library.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  1. San Diego HERALD. A line-by-line subject index to all items in the newspaper, including classified ads. Entry is made under personal names for historical San Diego figures. 2. San Diego UNION. Selective subject index to news of all aspects of life in San Diego and Imperial Counties, plus the states of Baja CAlifornia Norte and Baja California Sur, Mexico. Entries under personal names are made for prominent San Diegans. Over the years varying practices have been followed regarding accidents, obituaries, sports, marriages, and various forms of entertainment. Currently, obituaries are completely indexed while sports, etc. are very selectively indexed.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  Begun as a 3x5 card file index, the earlier years (1851-1975) have been converted to some 2000 microfiche. The current index (1976-Current) is still maintained on 3x5 cards pending some future microfilming. The typical 3x5 card contains only one entry. It consists of the subject heading (or personal name) at the top, followed by a lengthy abstract or summary of the article, and then the citation. The citation consists of the section, date (mo, dy, yr), page and column. If the newspaper is either the HERALD or the WEEKLY UNION, then this too will be indicated. Otherwise, it is assumed to be the San Diego UNION.
SIZE OF INDEX:  There are approximately 720,000 entries (800,000 card images) in the microfiche edition covering 1851-1975. About 30,000 entries per year are added to the current card file index (1976 to date).
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3. Rhoda Kruse. "Newspaper indexing", News Notes of California Libraries, v 72 #1, 1977, p 25-29.
4. Kenneth D. Sell. "A checklist of published indexes to current American daily newspapers", Reference Quarterly, v 17 #1, Fall 1977, p 13-16.
5. Herbert O. Brayer. "Preliminary guide to indexed newspapers in the United States, 1850-1900". Mississippi Valley Historical Review, v.33, #2, Sept. 2, 1946.
6. Harry A. Friedman. NEWSPAPER INDEXING. Marquette University Press, Milwaukee WI, 1942.
7. T. Gwinup et al. "Survey of local newspapers in California". California Librarian, v.36, p.4-45, January 1975.
8. Norma Olin Ireland. LOCAL INDEXES IN AMERICAN LIBRARIES. Faxon, Boston MA, 1947.
9. Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
10. Grace D. Parch. DIRECTORY OF NEWSPAPER LIBRARIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. Newspaper Division, Special Libraries Association, 1976.
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