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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Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.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:  1312A Previous Report (1311A)  |  Next Report (1313A)
INDEX NAME:  The Official Washington Post Index
  • WASHINGTON POST Washington DC 1979-Current
12 Lunar Dr
Woodbridge CT 06525
Telephone: (203) 397-2600
AVAILABILITY:  A published index issued monthly with an annual cumulation. Write for prices.
SCOPE OF INDEX:  Categories of news stories indexed include: 1. News articles and feature stories. Indexed under the subjects and/or persons involved. 2. Op-ed articles (editorials, letters to the editor, local and syndicated columns, special commentaries). Indexed under their subjects. Major columnists are noted in the abstract. 3. Reviews. Books are indexed under the authors name. Plays, movies, TV, and radio are indexed under the program or name. Other performing or fine arts are indexed under the performer, performing group, or artist's name. 4. Sports. All major sports stories are indexed under the sport, the team, or the athlete's name. 5. Obituaries. Indexed under the deceased persons name. 6. Crime (local or national). Major stories are indexed under the type of crime or the name of the criminal (or victim, if well-known). 7. Cartoons, photos, maps, etc. Those which stand alone are indexed under their subjects. Others are noted with the entry of which they are a part. The artist or illustrator may be mentioned in the abstract. 8. Advertising containing information of permanent value is indexed under the subject. The entire paper is scanned. There is no automatic exclusion based on subject. Local news is indexed using the same criteria as national and international news. Items under two column inches long are not indexed unless they represent the conclusion of a continuing story. Incidents of violence such as thefts, murders, and traffic accidents, are indexed only if they are treated reasonably extensively in the paper (usually 1/2 column or more). The comics ("funnies") are not indexed. Routine scores in team sports are not indexed. General information and "question & answer" articles are not indexed unless they contain news information. Most advertisements are not indexed, unless newsworthy.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  This is a book format index, typeset and printed on 8½x11 inch pages. The index is arranged in alphabetical order with both subjects and personal names interfiled in the same alphabet. Within each subject, entries are arranged in chronological order. Entries consist of a brief abstract, a column length indicator, and the month, day, section, page, and column where the article appeared. When articles are accompanied by photos, maps, illustrations, charts, etc., these are indicated in parenthesis after the abstract.
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