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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1285A Previous Report (1284A)  |  Next Report (1285B)
INDEX NAME:  WPA indexes to early local newspaper.
  • DAILY REGISTER Youngstown OH 1880(Oct 14-22)
  • EVENING NEWS Youngstown OH 1878(Jan 15-17)
  • MOHONING COUNTY REGISTER Youngstown OH 1865-1875(Feb)
  • MAHONING DISPATCH Canfield OH 1897(Jan 22-Feb 19)
  • MAHONING FREE DEMOCRAT Youngstown OH 1852(Dec)-1853(Sep);1854(Jan-Mar)
  • MAHONING INDEX Canfield OH 1846(May 20-Dec 25)
  • MAHONING SENTINEL Canfield OH 1852(Mar 26-Aug 17);1854(Jan 13-Feb 10)
  • NEW STAR Youngstown OH 1880(Jan-Feb)
  • OHIO REPUBLICAN Youngstown OH 1851(Jun 6)-1852(Jul 23)
  • OLIVE BRANCH & LITERARY MESSENGER Youngstown OH 1843(Aug 25)-1844(Aug 2)
  • TRUMBULL DEMOCRAT Warren OH 1838(Dec)-1840(Jan,Jun-Dec);1841(Jan-Sep);1842(Feb-Mar 8)
  • VINDICATOR Youngstown OH 1921-1930;1939-1942;1951-1952
  • WESTERN RESERVE TRANSCRIPT Warren OH 1852(Nov 25)-1853(Jun 2)
COMPILER:  Works Progress Administration (WPA)
General Reference Department
305 Wick Ave
Youngstown OH 44503
Telephone: (216) 744-8636
AVAILABILITY:  This index consists of the handwritten slips of paper which were compiled during the WPS indexing project and were never transcribed into any other format. As such, they are kept in the closed stacks and are available only to serious researchers, and only in the Youngstown Public Library.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  This is a selective index of Ohio news and opinion. Material that has been omitted from the index includes national and foreign news, advertisements, announcements of routine organization meetings and sports events, commercial and promotional publicity, features or columns of non-news items, vital statistics, incorporations, radio program schedules, time table, theater schedule, stock and bond quotations, non-news items relating to recipes (menus, household hints, etc.), poetry and fiction, reprints, reviews of burlesque and radio performances, society personals, and touring maps and information.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  This index is handwritten on 4x6 inch slips of paper. The writing is in light pencil. The slips are filed together in shoeboxes. A shoebox contains only one newspaper, and the name of the newspaper appears ONLY on the outside of the shoebox. Within each shoebox, the entries are either in alphabetical order by subject, or in chronological order, depending on the newspaper. Each slip of paper contains the month, day, page, column, and year at the top of the slip. This is followed by the subject heading assigned to that slip, and then the headline or a brief description of the article. A circled number in the lower left hand corner of the slip indicates the number of cross references used with that entry. Those cross references are listed on the reverse side of the slip.
SIZE OF INDEX:  There are approximately 745,000 entries in 591 shoeboxes.
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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