Library of Congress Catalogs: Newspapers in Microform, Foreign Countries, 1948-1983 Page: VIII
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about new titles they have filmed. In other instances an occasional catalog is
the only source of information. The information published here is the most
recent available, and care has been taken to verify the addresses of all microform
History. In June 1941, the Journal of Documentary Reproduction published
an 11-page "Preliminary Checklist of Newspapers on Microfilm" by
George A. Schwegmann, Jr., chief of the Union Catalog Division in the
Library of Congress. Mr. Schwegmann informed his readers that "during the
past few years thousands of volumes of newspapers have been reproduced on
microfilm by various agencies in the United States" and that consequently
the Library of Congress had "undertaken to maintain a separate union catalog
of newspaper microfilm entries." This catalog was now being published
so that the "existence of locations [of these newspapers on microfilm] might
be made known to potential users," and "that librarians everywhere [might]
be stimulated to report their holdings to the Union Catalog."
The growth of the catalog warranted the publication in 1948 of a separate
bibliography entitled Newspapers on Microfilm: A Union Check List. This
contained reports on both domestic and foreign newspapers and was published
in Philadelphia under the imprint of the Association of Research
Libraries, which had begun to play a significant role in coordinating and
reporting microfilming projects. At the request of the association, the Library
of Congress established a Microfilming Clearing House on July 5, 1949, to
serve as a central source of information about "extensive microfilming projects
involving newspapers, serials, and manuscript collections either contemplated,
under way, or completed at various institutions." In March 1951, the Clearing
House began issuing the Microfilming Clearing House Bulletin as an appendix
to the Library of Congress Information Bulletin, to report on new projects
and on the availability of newly filmed materials.
The second edition of Newspapers on Microfilm was published by the
Library of Congress in 1953. It was hoped at the time that the Microfilming
Clearing House Bulletin might serve as a continuing supplement to this second
edition, but that hope failed to materialize. A third edition (1957) was
followed in 1959 by Supplement I, which stated that the best way to obtain
up-to-date information about the availability of microfilms of newspapers was
to write to the Union Catalog Division. Mr. Schwegmann went on to produce
a fourth edition of Newspapers on Microfilm in 1961, a fifth in 1963, and a
sixth in 1967. The problem of currency of information gradually became less
acute as more newspapers were filmed and reports on them were published in
these successive editions. When Mr. Schwegmann retired in 1970, the publications
of the Union Catalog Division became the responsibility of the newly
reorganized Catalog Publication Division, which created the Microform Publications
Unit to publish Newspapers on Microfilm, the National Register of
Microform Masters, and the Microfilming Clearing House Bulletin. In 1982,
the Division was again reorganized as the Catalog Management and Publication
Entries. Many foreign newspapers reported to the Library of Congress are
not listed in any available bibliography. In many cases nothing is known of
their format or contents. The editors therefore accept the judgment of the
reporting institution that this is indeed a newspaper, even if there is suspicion
that a certain title would be classified as a serial if more were known
about it. Serials which can be definitely identified as such are given to the
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Library of Congress. Catalog Management and Publication Division. Library of Congress Catalogs: Newspapers in Microform, Foreign Countries, 1948-1983, book, 1984; Washington, D. C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9463/m1/8/: accessed February 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .