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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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.

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  • PERU DAILY CHRONICLE Peru IN 1894-1921
  • PERU DAILY TRIBUNE Peru IN 1927-1954
  • PERU EVENING JOURNAL Peru IN 1887-1919
  • PERU REPUBLICAN Peru IN 1856-1954
COMPILER:  Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Mrs. Horace D. Cook
4th Floor, Court House
US 24 & Business US 31
Peru IN 46970
Telephone: (317) 472-3075
AVAILABILITY:  Only one copy of this card file index exists. Only the curator or assistant curator of the museum is allowed access to the file. They will assist visitors with research.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The index was begun as a WPA project. A comprehensive topical index was created to the Miami County Sentinel for the years. 1837-1900 and to the Peru Republican for the year 1935. Subject areas covered included: Accidents, Agriculture, Bands, Banks, Biography, Births, Black history, Bonds, Bridges, Canals, Census, Churches, Clubs, Courts, Crime, Deaths, Emigration, Epidemics, Fires, Government, History, Homes, Improvements, Immigrants, Indians, Mails, Markets, Marriages, Meetings, Military, Mills, Poets and poetry, Politics, Post offices, Probate records, Railroads, Recreation, Roads, Sales, Schools, Societies, Streets, Stores, Taxation, Telegraph, Towns, Transportation, and Weather. Following the WPA beginning, an attempt has been made to index every newspaper in the Museum's collection. However, the scope has been limited to vital statistics (births, deaths, and marriages). Four Peru newspapers (listed above) have been indexed for several years worth of the paper. Some 15 other Peru titles and scattered issues from about 50 other Indiana papers have also been indexed for vital statistic information. During this process, any major, important subject articles which were discovered, have also been added to the index. However, there has been no attempt to do comprehensive indexing from a subject point of view.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  A 3x5 card file index. The vital statistic entries are typed on cards. The subject entries are handwritten on slips of paper. Entries for the vital statistics section are limited to the name of the person, a one word modifier (such as DEATH or MARRIAGES), and the citation (paper, month, day, year, page, column, and volume). Marriages indicate the name of spouse. Entries for the subject section use a headline or brief description, followed by the citation (paper, month, day, year, page, column, and volume number). Both subject and vital statistic cards are interfiled in the same alphabetical order.
SIZE OF INDEX:  A total of 18,979 cards or slips for the period covering 1837-1954.
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. Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
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