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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1246A Previous Report (1245A)  |  Next Report (1246B)
INDEX NAME:  San Francisco Call Index
  • SAN FRANCISCO CALL San Francisco CA 1904-1913
COMPILER:  Presumed to have been compiled by the staff of the San Francisco Call.
General Library
Newspaper/Microcopy Division
Berkeley CA 94720
Telephone: (415) 642-3536
AVAILABILITY:  Only one copy of this card file index exists. It must be used in the Newspaper/Microcopy Division of the General Library, University of California, Berkeley.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The index was apparently compiled as a working tool by and for the staff of the newspaper. It cites a wide range of people and events, with emphasis on northern California, but features many diverse national and international events as well. Its coverage is most comprehensive of people in the news, but the form of entry used for an individual varies casually. Vital statistics are not indexed although deaths are noted if the information appeared in a feature article. There are geographical headings and keyword (or one-word) terms which serve as subject headings (e.g. AIRPLANE, LEGAL, LIGHTNING, ...). There are no cross references from one subject to another.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A 3x5 card file index with subjects, corporate names, and personal names interfiled in a single alphabetical order. Entries are typed, with occasional additions made in pen. Guide card dividers have been added to identify the beginning of subjects with significant coverage (e.g. CARTOONS, THEODORE ROOSEVELT, ...). Entries consist of a very brief descriptive note, often only a word or two such as "speech", "arrival of", followed by the month, day, year, page and column. Two special codes have been used - "por" for portrait and "ed" for editorial.
SIZE OF INDEX:  About 214,740 index cards in the entire index. Some cards have multiple entries.
T. Gwinup et al. "Survey of local newspapers in California". California Librarian, v.36, p.4-45, January 1975.
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