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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1225A Previous Report (1224A)  |  Next Report (1226A)
INDEX NAME:  Summit Herald Index
  • SUMMIT HERALD Summit NJ 1896(May)-Current
75 Maple St
Summit NJ 07901
Telephone: (201) 273-0350
AVAILABILITY:  Only one copy of this card file index exists. It must be used in the Summit Public Library. Librarian's help may be required in use of the index.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The early newspapers (1896-?) are being indexed quite comprehesively. The emphasis is on capturing the history of the City of Summit. Many articles are listed under individual names. Churches, businesses, and schools are listed under those headings, Editorials are selectively indexed. An attempt is made to depict life at the time through the index, so that headings like PRANKS, ANECDOTES, and MUSICAL PROGRAMS appear. Advertisements are not indexed. For the period 1963-1976, the indexing was more selective. Included were articles dealing with city businesses, organizations and citizens. Clubs and associations are listed by name. The subject heading BIOGRAPHY was used for stories about living people. The heading OBITUARIES was used for all death notices. Omitted from the index were editorials, letters to the editor, marriages, births, exhibits, announcements of monthly meetings or regular programs, and advertisements. The current newspapers (1977-DATE) are also indexed selectively, but with some changes. Marriages are now included and entered under the names of both the bride and groom. Only the beginnings and endings of campaigns, fund raising events, sports seasons, and other seasonal or predictable events are indexed. The special BIOGRAPHY and OBITUARY headings have been dropped. Those stories are now filed under the name of the individual.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A 3x5 card file index arranged in alphabetical order by subject and/or personal name. There are actually four separate files covering the chronological periods 1896-?; 1963-1970; 1971-1976; and 1977-Current. Consideration is being given to converting the card files to typewritten pages. Entries consist of the headline and/or a brief description of the article, plus the citation. The citation consists of the month, day, year, and page. Accompanying illustrations or portraits are noted.
SIZE OF INDEX:  May-Oct 1896: About 500 entries. 1963-1970: About 9,000 entries. 1971-1976: About 9,000 entries. 1977-Current: About 80 entries per month are added to the current index.
1. Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
2. Joseph C. Scorza. NEWSPAPER INDEXING IN NEW JERSEY: SUMMARY RESULTS OF A SURVEY OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES. Reference Section, New Jersey Library Association, New Brunswick NJ, October 1975.
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