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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1211D Previous Report (1211C)  |  Next Report (1212A)
INDEX NAME:  Northwest Index
  • ARGUS Seattle WA 1960-Current
  • NORTHWEST PASSAGE Seattle WA 1977(Dec)-Current
  • SEATTLE SUN Seattle WA 1975(Mar)-Current
  • SEATTLE TIMES Seattle WA 1890-Current
  • THE WEEKLY Seattle WA 1976(Mar)-Current
History Department
1000 4th Ave
Seattle WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 625-4893
AVAILABILITY:  Only one copy of this card file index exists. It must be used in the Seattle Public Library. Cards may be photocopied by user.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  A subject index limited to material pertaining to the history, government, description, and biography of the Pacific Northwest states of Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, and the Province of British Columbia (Canada). The bulk of the index relates to Seattle, King County, and the State of Washington. Under the subject of BIOGRAPHY, there is an alphabetical personal name file of prominent persons whose names have appeared in the papers, including obituaries of pioneers, civic leaders, etc. Under the subject SHIPS, we have indexed by name, ships known in Northwest waters. Under the name of each state are subheads for cities, counties, and other specific subjects relating to that state (associations, schools, taxation, etc.). Under the name of each city and county are subheads for specific subjects relating to that city or county (churches, city council, museums, etc.). Each subheading can itself have subheadings, such as CHURCHES, LUTHERAN. In addition to newspapers, we index magazines, scrapbooks, and information from books when applicable to the subject (scope) of the index. We do not include much on regional business, sports, or art which we feel are covered by other subject departments within the Seattle Public Library. The coverage of the index is not consistant. The Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Times for the 1890's and 1900's are indexed incompletely. For the period between 1920 and 1940 the indexing is even more sparse. Starting about 1950 the coverage has been increasingly detailed until the present when it is quite complete. The Argus has been indexed regularly since about 1960. The Weekly, Seattle Sun, and Northwest Passage have been indexed since they started publishing.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A 3x5 card file index arranged in alphabetical order by subject. Each card contains one or more entries consisting of the headline, name of paper, month, day, year, section, page and occasional descriptive notes. Notes often indicate photos, maps, residence of biographee if not Seattle, and a code referring to supplementary folders of newspaper clippings where some (but not all) of the articles may be found. (NOTE: clipping has been largely phased out since late 1960's in favor of more complete indexing.)Many older cards are handwritten, but for the past 15 years or so, they are typed.
SIZE OF INDEX:  The index presently occupies 222 file drawers with about 1000 cards per drawer. Prehaps 2 to 3 drawers per year are added to the index.
Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
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