Amateur Gazette (MA, 1874-1882?)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  New England (likely Massachusetts)

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data: Unknown

Size and Format: Size unknown, this may be letterpress with some handwritten corrections or addenda

Editor/Publisher:  John Green Oliver (? – Letter calls the Amateur Gazette “his letterpress”)

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown (possibly The Monthly Meteor)

General Description and Notes:

Letterpress compiled in a scrapbook by John Green Oliver of Worcester, MA, from 1874 to 1882, including newspapers of other members of the New England Amateur Journalists’ Association and assorted ephemera and memorabilia of his press activities, all in meticulous emulation of professional job printing and the fraternal culture thereof.

One of the newspapers in this collection, according to Sarah M. Black, Smith College Rare Book Room assistant (as of 1993), is Vol. 1, No. 1 of The Monthly Meteor, Dec. 1881 (28 pp.), including wrappers, which is “printed by hectography with holograph touch-ups and is thus partially handwritten and certainly a hand-made facsimile of a manuscript original.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Rare Book Room, William Allan Neilson Library, Smith College, Northampton, MA

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Alma Courier (MO, 1880s)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Alma, Missouri

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1880s

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher: Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

According to Jolliffee and Whitehouse, the Alma Courier was “reportedly a community paper emanating from the Alma Public School in the early 1880s.” They report that “it was published frequently and regularly, included a variety of news stories in each issue, and displayed a recognizable title and format.”

Local historian Garrison notes that the paper was “all written by hand on good quality of essay paper and tied at the top with pink and blue silk ribbons.” It included area and school news, editorials and small advertisements.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Lee Jolliffe and Virginia Whitehouse, “Handwritten Newspapers on the Frontier? The Prevalence Problem, ” paper presented at the AEJMC History Division Mid-Year Meeting, Columbia, MO, 1994; Milton Garrison, A History of Alma (privately published, 1936), Harvey J. Higgins Historical Society, Higginsville, MO.

Locations:  None

The Alliance Ohio (OH, 1893)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Ohio?

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1893

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Grange Society

Title Changes and Continuation:  Unknown

General Description and Notes:

Grange Society newspaper.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Ohio Historical Society,  Columbus, OH

The Algona Bee (IA, 1857-1858)

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The Algona Bee (IA, 1858)

Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Algona (Kossuth County), Iowa (ca. 1857-1858)

Frequency:  Weekly; irregular

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 1, Dec. 21, 1857 (note:  another date, Jan. 8th, 1858 is marked out above the Dec. 21 entry)

Size and Format:  8 1/2 x 11 inches; two columns

Editor/Publisher:  Franklin McCoy; Algona Reading Club (et al.?)

Title Changes and Continuation:  Unknown

General Description & Notes:

The Bee was apparently produced by the Algona Reading Club, identified as editors and proprietors (see Vol. 1, No. 8, Feb. 8, 1858).  This number lists the paper’s office at “the wickeup No. 1 West State St. immediately West of the Post Office,” and identifies Franklin McCoy as “publisher.”  However, other pages (many of which are almost illegible) mention an “editress.”

The paper contains poetry, anecdotes, editorials and short story items.  The clear difference in handwriting style and script size between the numbers suggests at least two different writers were responsible for the paper’s production.  The first issue opens with the following introductory editorial:

“We are happy to present to our friends this first number of ‘The Bee’ as the first paper published in this ‘little world of Algona,’ and tho [sic] now small and may-be insignificant in the eyes of many–still we have sanguine hopes that it will thrive–and before many years stand the first and oldest among our village papers.  A person when first starting in an enterprise like this feels rather delicately.  Many fears arise wether [sic] the paper will suit the readers.  Knowing there are as many minds as persons and also knowing, that unless all these minds are satisfied, we are the losers, we feel still more anxiety than we would otherwise.

“The Bee is intended to be strictly a neutral paper.  We shall strive to please all by offending none.  It will abound in wit and humor–be graced with sound intellectual studies and pleasing stories–have all the news of the day–we hope none of the gossip [original emphasis].  We have able correspondents for the Bee who will favour it with their productions from time to time.  A few advertisements will be inserted just to help pay expenses.  We have tried to tell you imperfectly however what we shall strive to make the Bee, and we humbly beg our friends to stand by us and not allow it to sink into obscurity as the paper in our neighboring community has done.”

The Feb. 8, 1858 issue says, “The Bee is published weekly, but if the stories do not improve soon it will be published only Semi Occasionally.”  The editor also notes that “Business cards of not more than five lines in length published for the sake of the fun, flair and fancy.  Job work neatly executed upon reasonable terms.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Harvey Ingham Papers, Vol. 2, Box 2, Iowa State Historical Society, Des Moines, IA

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Alexandrian Eclectic Review (NJ, 1884)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Newark, New Jersey

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  April 12, 1884, Vol. III, No. 23

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  W.V. Belknap

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

A manuscript boys’ newspaper.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, NJ

Alexandrian Eclectic Review (MA, 1831)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Amherst College, Amherst Massachusetts

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1831 vol. 1, no.4

Size and Format:  2 pages

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

Student paper.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Amherst College Library Archives, Special Collections, Amherst College, Amherst, MA.

Alaska Forum (AK, 1900-1906)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Rampart, Alaska (1900-1906)

Frequency:  Weekly

Volume and Issue Data:  Sept. 27, 1900-Aug. 4, 1906

Size and Format:  8 x 10 inches; 2 cols; 4 pages

Editor/Publisher:  W.R. Edwards, editor (1900); J.B. Wingate, editor (1901-1906), manager (1900-1906)

Title Changes and Continuation:  Occasionally cited as the Rampart Forum

General Description & Notes:

According to McLean, Edwards promoted mining stock and Wingate was a mining recorder, mail carrier and miner then they started printing the Alaska Forum.  The partnership lasted only five months, with Edwards leaving to start the rival Rampart Miner six months later (The Miner last only about one year).  By July 1904, however, the local Episcopal Church recalled the iron printing press Wingate leased to publish the Forum, intending to lease to the promoters of a new paper, the Yukon Valley News.  Wingate fought the termination of his lease in court, but failed in his claims.  Wingate, without a press, tried to continue to publish the Forum to hold off his new rival.  Using old copies of his paper as a base, he pasted over the previous week’s news handwritten and typewritten material reproduced on a hectograph machine.  The absence of old copies of the Forum and the difficulties of publishing the manual versions led to a two-month suspension of the paper.  Wingate resumed printing the Forum when he had a new, foot-powered press built.  The shafts and fixtures of the press had been turned on a lathe run by dog-power, leading Wingate to refer to his printing plant as a “five-dog-power press.”

The Forum cost 25 cents and contained advertising, local news, especially stories related to mining, editorials, and occasional attacks on the Episcopal Church, judges (particularly Judge Wickersham, compiler of the Bibliography on Alaskan Literature, who had ruled against Wingate’s bid to keep the Episcopal press) and others Wingate opposed.  The tone of the paper became noticeably more strident after the loss of the printing press.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Dora E. McLean, Early Newspapers on the Upper Yukon Watershed:  1894-1907, unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Alaska, 1963, 44-56; James Wickersham, A Bibliography of Alaska Literature, 1724-1924 (Cordova, AK:  Cordova Daily Times Print, 1927), 251.

Locations:  AlHi-Juneau, AK

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