Vermont Autograph and Remarker (VT, 1871)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Starksborough,Vermont

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data: November 6, 1871

Size and Format:  about 7′ x 4 l/2″

Editor/Publisher:  James Johns

Title Changes and Continuation:  According to the front page story in the Vermont Autograph and Remarker, the editor also wrote the Huntington Gazette when he was 13 years old (March 1810).  He altered the title of this paper “as fancy dictated.”

General Description and Notes:

The paper is very neatly written in scripted print.  On the first page James Johns writes:

“It cannot well escape the notice of an observing eye that the Autograph is, as the title indicates, a manuscript production, being executed with a pen by hand.  consequently it may well be supposed what is the fact, that such a mode of issue does not admit of multiplying copies like the press and types, one at a time being all that I undertake to get out at once.  This I am generally able to accomplish in little more than half a day with close application.  The matter is all written down on the columns directly from the dictates of my mind.  The papers’ so issued I mostly send off by mail to either publishers.”

According to the editor of the Proceedings of the Vermont Historical Society, Vol. IV, No. 2 (New Series), 1936, pp 69-70, the editor of the Autograph, James John was born in Huntington, VT, September 26, 1797.

“As early as 1834, he pen-printed a newspaper, the Vermont Autograph and Remarker; each issue included five or six articles, totaling about fifteen hundred words–every letter printed by hand.  He continued the Autograph until three months before his death [1867, age 76].  His pen-printed material consists of historical items, essays, fiction, poems, and political statistics.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Robert W. G. Vail, “Bibliography of the Writings of James Johns,” Monograph on James Johns [The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America,  Vol. 27, Part 2, 1933]; cited in Proceedings of the Vermont Historical Society, 1936, “James Johns, Vermont Pen Printer,” Vol. IV, No. 2, pages 69-71

Locations: Vermont Historical Society Library, Montpelier, VT;  Newspapers and Periodicals, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA

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The School Mirror (MI, 1871)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Michigan

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data: 1871

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

Contained in the manuscript holdings of the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations: Bentley Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Halaquah Times (OK, 1871-1875)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Wyandotte Mission School, Last Creek, Indian Territory (Oklahoma)

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 2, No. 3-Vol. 6, No. 6, ca. 1871-1875

Size and Format:  (check extant copies–at Kansas collection)

Editor/Publisher:  Ida Johnson and Julia Robitaille, editors; Halaquah, Literary Society of Wyandotte Mission School (1871-1875)

Title Changes and Continuations:  None

General Description and Notes:

According to Littlefield and Parins, the Halaquah Times was a manuscript magazine published by the students of the Wyandote Mission’s literary society.  It contained letters and essays on student and school activities.  Many of the essays focused on “social improvement.”  The magazine was edited by Ida Johnson and her associate July Robitaille.

According to Murphy and Murphy, the student editors made one copy and then had other students at the mission school make additional copies.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Carolyn Thomas Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907 (Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 1936); Grace Ernestine Ray, Early Oklahoma Newspapers (Norman:  University of Oklahoma Press, 1928); James E. Murphy and Sharon M. Murphy, Let My People Know:  American Indian Journalism, 1828-1978 (Norman:  University, 1981); David F. Littlefield, Jr. and James W. Parins,  American Indian and Alaska Native Newspapers and Periodicals, 1826-1924 (Westport, Conn.:  Greenwood Press, 1984), 143-144.

Locations:  “Miscellaneous–Halaquah,” Manuscripts, Kansas State Historical Society, contains two undated issues, written in copybooks

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