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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1237A Previous Report (1236A)  |  Next Report (1237B)
INDEX NAME:  Annals of Cleveland
  • DAILY TRUE DEMOCRAT Cleveland OH 1848;1850-1853
  • FOREST CITY DEMOCRAT Cleveland OH 1853-1854(Mar)
  • GAZETTE & COMMERCIAL REGISTER Cleveland OH 1818(Jul 28)-1820(Mar 7)
  • HERALD Cleveland OH 1820-18341836;1839-1847;1849
  • HERALD & GAZETTE Cleveland OH 1837-1838
  • LEADER Cleveland OH 1854-1876
  • PLAIN DEALER Cleveland OH 1933-1938
  • WHIG Cleveland OH 1834-1836
COMPILER:  Works Progress Administration (WPA)
325 Superior Ave
Cleveland OH 44114
Telephone: (216) 623-2800
AVAILABILITY:  One copy is available for public use in the Cleveland Public LIbrary. Not available for interlibrary loan. Photoduplication is not permitted.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  As originally proposed, the Cleveland digest of newspapers was to be a set of 200 volumes, covering the years 1818-1935 and including an abstract of every news story that has recorded a local event or expressed a local opinion. It was to be exhaustive in the field of local news. This record of events was to be made by digesting comprehensively a "main file", e.g. one of the major newspapers for every day of the past century. Other leading newspapers were to make up supplementary files from which editorials, letters to the editor, and local political articles were abstracted. In the 1933 Cleveland Plain Dealer index, the following selection guidelines were followed:"This selective index of Ohio news and opinion, compiled from the Final Edition... is intended as a key or guide to the news and not as a digest or summary. ... Since the NEW YORK TIMES gives adequate coverage of national and foreign news, such items have been omitted." Additional omissions include the following: ADVERTISEMENTS, LISTS, NEWS REPRINTS, POETRY, FICTION, NON-NEWS ITEMS, MOST ANNOUNCEMENTS OF MEETINGS, PERSONALS, REVIEWS, TRAVEL, STUDENT NOTES, and NON-NEWS COLUMNS.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  Book form indexes. The format varies slightly for each year. Format includes basic bibliographic data and a brief abstract describing the item. Arrangement of the early volumes is chronological with an alphabetic subject index. Later volumes are alphabetic by classified subject with chronological, personal name, and specific subject indexes. A sample page from the 1933 Cleveland Plain Dealer Index is shown.
SIZE OF INDEX:  Only volumes 1-59 and 92-97 actually contained newspaper index information. Apparently there was nothing published beyond volume 97.
1. Herbert O. Brayer. "Preliminary guide to indexed newspapers in the United States, 1850-1900". Mississippi Valley Historical Review, v.33, #2, Sept. 2, 1946.
2. Harry A. Friedman. NEWSPAPER INDEXING. Marquette University Press, Milwaukee WI, 1942.
3. Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
4. Grace D. Parch. DIRECTORY OF NEWSPAPER LIBRARIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA. Newspaper Division, Special Libraries Association, 1976.
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