The Bomb Shell (MN, 1854)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Fort Ripley(?), Minnesota

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1854

Size and Format: Unknown; may be printed “from type carved by hand.”

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description & Notes:

“The paper is pictured on the end papers as well as contained in the unpaginated illustrations portion.” (quote from Danky letter to HNP editor, June 21, 1993).  This could refer to the book by George S. Hage, Newspapers on the Minnesota Frontier, 1849-1860.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Referred to in George S. Hage’s book Newspapers on the Minnesota Frontier, 1849-1860, and presumably copies were used inside the cover.

Locations:   Information came from James Danky, Newspapers and Periodicals Librarian at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

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The Blister (PA, 1921-1927)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Gettysburg, PA

Frequency: “Created almost every day when school was in session”

Volume and Issue Data: November 5, 1921-March 29, 1927

Size and Format: Single typewritten and hand-illustrated page

Editor/Publisher: Variable

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

The Blister, PA, 1922

General Description & Notes:

Note from Gettysburg College Special Collections Librarian David Hedrick (to HNP editor, June 22, 1993):

The Blister was created almost every day when school was in session. The Blister consisted of a single typewritten page usually containing an ‘Editorial’, some campus news, a couple of jokes, and a hand-drawn cartoon. It seems that only a limited number of copies of each issue were created and at least one copy was always posted on a campus bulletin-board. An almost complete run is maintained in our collections . . . . This publication has been microfilmed, and can be acquired via interlibrary loan.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: Charles Glatfelter, A Salutary Influence: Gettysburg College, 1832-1985 (Gettysburg, 1987).

Locations: Musselman Library, Special Collections, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

Black Republican and Office-Holders Journal (NY, 1865)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  New York, New York

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  August, 1865

Size and Format:  Last issue 4 pages

Editor/Publisher:  Pluto Jumbo

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

Includes line drawings.  Appears to be handwritten, though it’s hard to see on microfilm.  Check the printed finding aid that accompanies the 1948 Library of Congress filming project to determine the location of the original.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Available in microform from DLC (1865). LC card no. sn85-42252.  OCLC no. 12006614, 2611164.  Subject focus and/or Features:  Newspaper.

On microfilm at The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Original may be at the Library of Congress.

The Black Fly (MI, 1913-1915)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Douglas Lake, Michigan

Frequency: Irregular

Volume and Issue Data:  July and August, 1913-1915

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Student surveyors at surveying camp, Douglas Lake, Michigan

Title Changes and Continuation:  Unknown

General Description & Notes:

This paper is listed as a “printed holding”, but may still be relevant–perhaps it is partial manuscript.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Floyd Streeter, Michigan Bibliography (Michigan Historical Commission, 1921), p. 42 (entry 380):

The black fly, v. 2-4. Camp Davis, Mich., 1913-1915. U.
Published irregularly during July and August at the University of Michigan surveying camp at Douglas Lake, Mich.”

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

Big Injun (TX, 1866, 1869)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Fort Belknap, Texas

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Published sometime between 1866 and 1869.

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  H.H. McConnell

Title Changes and Continuation:  Same editor/publisher produced LITTLE JOKER at Jacksboro, Texas, prior to his transfer to Fort Belknap.  After creating BIG INJUN, he was transfered again a short distance to Fort Buffalo and “again broke forth” with THE GRASSHOPPER.

General Description & Notes:

According to Whisenhunt, the Jacksboro area had no fewer than four newspapers between 1866 and 1869, although only one was printed.  The editor of all four was H.H. McConnell, a soldier first assigned to Jacksboro, Texas in 1866.  McConnell recounts his journalistic efforts and military experience on the Texas frontier in the Reconstruction period in his autobiography, Five Years a Cavalryman.

Shortly after he arrived in Jacksboro, McConnell and other soldiers published a weekly newspaper, LITTLE JOKER, on foolscap.  The paper circulated among the soldiers at Jacksboro.  The Jacksboro post was temporarily abandoned by the military, and the LITTLE JOKER “was ignominiously packed on a Quartermaster’s hourse and moved to Fort Belknap.”

At Fort Belknap soon issued another handwritten paper, BIG INJUN, intended for a military audience.  According to McConnell, “Here the genius of the editor again broke forth, and the ‘Big Injun’ for a time shed an undying lustre on the literature of the nineteenth century.”  The paper was short-lived:  “Like a meteor flashing along the midnight sky–brilliant for a moment, then rendering the darkness more intense–so the ‘Big Injun’ ran its course.”

McConnell’s transfer to nearby Fort Buffalo Springs marked the publication of his third handwritten, THE GRASSHOPPER.  Like its predecessors, THE GRASSHOPPER was short-lived.  Fort Buffalo Springs was soon abandoned for the more strategic Jacksboro post.

McConnell was finally reassigned to Fort Richardson where he contracted with a Weatherford, Tex. printer to publish The Flea.  This, his first printed newspaper, appeared Feb. 1, 1869, but lasted only six issues, until June 15, 1869.

According the Whisenut, McConnell’s handwritten papers did little more than provide diversion for the soldiers at their respective military posts, but “this was important.  Their very existence also impolies that the life of the frontier soldier was mostly a monotonous existence despite the legend and aura of romance that surrounds the United States Cavalry.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  H.H. McConnell, Five Years a Cavalryman (Jacksboro, Texas:  J.N. Rogers and Co., 1889), p. 174; Donald W. Whisenhunt, “The Frontier Newspaper:  A Guide to Society and Culture,” Journalism Quarterly, 45:4 (Winter 1968), 727; see also Theronne Thompson, “Fort Buffalo Springs, Texas, Border Post,” West Texas Historical Association Yearbook, 36:168 (October 1960).

Locations:  None

Big Elk Budget (MT, 1890)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Big Elk (Wheatland), Montana

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol.  1, No. 1,  January 30, 1890 (1890-189?)

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  J.A. Crouse

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

Available on microfilm from Montana Historical Society. Hand-written.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Links: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84036020/

Locations: Montana Historical Society Library, Helena, MT

Beltionian Review (IL, 1857-?)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  4 years of copies (no dates given)

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Beltionian Literary Society

Title Changes and Continuation: “Sister” publication The Evening Star (produced by the Student Lyceum League, Wheaton College); extant copy: Vol. 1, No. 3.

General Description & Notes:

The Beltionian Literary Society located at Wheaton College, was preceded by the Student Lyceum League.  The Society was established in 1857 and functioned until 1958.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  http://a2z.my.wheaton.edu/literary-societies/beltionian-literary-society; Special Collections, Wheaton College Archives, Wheaton, IL

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