Library of Congress Catalogs: Newspapers in Microform, United States, 1948-1983, Volume 1 A-O Page: IX
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What he thinks of as the Star will be listed by its official name, Newton Evening
Star; on the other hand, a paper actually called The Morning Tribune
may appear as either Tribune or Madison Morning Tribune because of a
peculiarity in the report received.
Publication dates are furnished whenever possible, and the frequency of
publication is indicated. Historical notes in the body of the entry follow the
principles of successive entry cataloging by noting the immediate predecessor
as well as the immediate successor of a title. This method supersedes the
former practice, adopted by Gregory and others, of entering a newspaper
under its latest title, with cross-references from former titles. Cross-references
are employed only when the dates of publication for a former title are not
known or, in a few instances, when a publication has had a history of moving
from locality to locality before becoming established. In such cases the place
or places of publication are noted on the established title.
Arrangement. Entries are arranged geographically by state and by city under
the state. The former practice of keyword arrangement has been supplanted
by an alphabetical arrangement according to the proper masthead
title. To aid the reader in identifying the place of publication, an alphabetical
title index is provided which shows the city and state of publication as they
are found in the geographical list.
Accuracy of Reports. In compiling the historical data for this bibliography,
the editors relied upon the standard newspaper bibliographies for the United
States and upon the various state bibliographies which have been published
over the years by state historical societies and similar organizations. We are
particularly grateful to a number of reporting libraries which provided dates
and title changes not available in other sources.
This volume reflects certain difficulties associated with the cataloging of
newspapers. In particular the following three problems should be noted:
1) Almost all institutions have reported their holdings under the latest title.
In reconstructing the story of a newspaper the editors have sometimes been
compelled to make statements that are simply more probable or to omit some
part of the report entirely. To give a hypothetical example, an institution
reports that it has the Jonesville Times-Herald from 1923 to the present on
film. Investigation reveals, however, that the Jonesville Times-Herald was
created in 1936 by the merger of the Jonesville Times and the Logan County
Herald. If the Jonesville Times first appeared in 1930 and the Logan County
Herald in 1898, this bibliography will show that the reporting institution has
the Logan County Herald on film from 1923 to 1936 and the Jonesville TimesHerald
from 1936 to the present. It is possible, of course, that the reporting
institution has the Logan County Herald from 1923 to 1932, and the Jonesville
Times from 1933 to 1936. Only the Logan County Herald is mentioned
here, however, because it is the more probable holding. If the Jonesville
Times and the Logan County Herald both began publication before 1923, we
cannot know which paper is held by the reporting institution, and since it is
unlikely that both are held, we report neither. Fortunately, such cases are not
common, for reporting institutions often clarify such problems. When discrepancies
do occur between what is reported and what appears in this publication,
further information from the reporting institution is needed.
2) In some cases the reader will be disappointed to find that no master
negative is mentioned even though an institution reports a positive service
copy. For example, a commercial microfilming company may have gone out
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