Semi-Weekly News. (NC, 1860)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Harrington, NC

Frequency:  Presumably “semi-weekly”, as the name suggests; published Tuesdays and Fridays; circa 1860 to  1864

Volume and Issue Data:  According to Smith, nine numbers (six issues surviving)

Size and Format:  9 x 11 inches

Editor/Publisher:  John McLean Harrington

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

According to Smith, the Semi-Weekly News. contained traditional newspaper content. The paper included politics, poetry, local election results, and other general news items.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Michael Ray Smith, A Free Press in Freehand (Grand Rapids, MI: Edenridge Press, 2011), pp. 8, 46, 73, 74, 108, 211. Additional bibliographic information about this and other Harrington papers contained in Smith.

Locations:  John McLean Harrington Papers, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC

Secesh Eradicator (IL, ca.1860s)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Unknown, but edited by the Eighty-fifth Illinois Regiment

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data: Unknown

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  “Bayonette” for the Eighty-fifth Illinois Regiment

Title Changes and Continuation:  Unknown

General Description and Notes:

Wiley notes that “soldiers sometimes wrote out small papers for limited distribution. Examples of manuscripts sheets are the ‘Pioneer Banner,’ published ‘semi-occasionally for the young ladies of the Union Female College’ by young Confederates stationed at Fort Barrancas, and the ‘Secesh Eradicator’ edited by ‘Bayonette’ for the Eighty-fifth Illinois Regiment” (p. 161).

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Bell Irvin Wiley, They Who Fought Here (NY:  Bonanza Books, 1959), p. 161

Locations:  Unknown

 

Note:  Thanks to the late Dr. Richard “Dick” Lentz (Ph.D., Iowa) for alerting me to Wiley’s book and the handwritten newspapers mentioned therein.

The Scottsville Weekly News (NY, 1856-1857)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Scottsville, NY

Frequency:  Weekly

Volume and Issue Data:  Several issues from 1856 & 1857.  Extant copy of Vol.  II, No. 20, May 16, 1857 (pages 77-80)

Size and Format: Legal size, four pages, three columns

Editor/Publisher:  Franklin Hanford, Editor and Proprietor (b. Chili, NY, 1844; d. 1936). Extensive biographical information included about him in the Franklin Hanford Papers, University of Rochester, Rare Books and Special Collections (D. 143).

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:        

Produced this newspaper when the editor was 12 years old. Also created The American Monthly Magazine, 1858 (also contained in the author’s archived papers).

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Item No. D.143, Hanford (Franklin) Papers, 1864-1936, Box 35, folder 1; 35 boxes. Rush Rhees Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

The Scorpion (NV, 1857)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Genoa (Mormon Station), Nevada

Frequency:  Probably monthly

Volume and Issue Data: Feb. 1, 1857-ca.Dec. 1857

Size and Format:  12 columns, with illustrations; written in “a large, bold hand”

Editor/Publisher:  Stephen A. Kinsey

Title Changes and Continuations:  Unknown

General Description and Notes:

According to Lingenfelter and Gash, The Scorpion was the second handwritten newspaper produced in Nevada, following the lead of Joseph Webb’s Gold Canon Switch (ca. 1854).  The paper carried the motto:  “Fear no man, and do justice to all.”  The monthly publication reportedly contained 12 columns of stories and illustrations, including caricatures.  The paper said it would “contain a full and extensive digest of all the current news and discussions of the day,” and that “nothing which can interest the general reader will be omitted.”

Lingenfelter and Gash speculate that “the paper probably died before its twelfth number,” a year before the first printed paper, the Territorial Enterprise, appeared in the Nevada territory.  The Enterprise reported April 12, 1871 under the headline, “A Curiosity,” that the paper had been shown a copy of The ScorpionThe Enterprise reported that the July 1, 1857 issue of The Scorpion was written in “a large, bold hand.”

Information Sources

Bibliography:  Bob Karolevitz, “Pen and Ink Newspapers of the Old West,” Frontier Times, 44:2 (Feb.-Mar., 1970), 31; Robert F. Karolevitz, Newspapering in the Old West:  A Pictorial History of Journalism and Printing on the Frontier (New York:  Bonanza Books, 1969), p. 115; Jake Highton, Nevada Newspaper Days:  A History of Journalism in the Silver State (Stockton, Calif.:  Heritage West Books, 1990), pp. 2; Dan De Quille, The Big Bonanza (New York:  Alfred A. Knopf, 1947); see also, Territorial Enterprise, April 12, 1871; Richard E. Lingenfelter, The Newspapers of Nevada (San Francisco:  John Howell-Books, 1964), p. 47; Richard E. Lingenfelter and Karen R. Gash, The Newspapers of Nevada (Reno:  University of Nevada Press, 1984), p. 89.

Locations:  None

Scorpion (CA, 1857)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Placerville, California

Frequency: One known issue

Volume and Issue Data: 1857

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher: Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

According to Kennedy, the paper may have been humorous.

“The Scorpion was a manuscript paper which roused the ire of a contributor of the Mountain Democrat.  In a letter published in that paper on March 27, 1857, the contributor, who signed herself “Manta,” violently belabored the Scorpion.  It seems to have been a scandal sheet, published by a group of men who resented the refusal of some young women to dance with them.  If the Scorpion was any more venomous than the women who described it, it must have been one of the most poisonous papers on record.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Kennedy, Newspapers of California North Mines, 524

Locations: Unknown

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

Schoolmates Gazette (NJ, no date)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: New Jersey

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  No date, Vol. 1, No. 1.

Size and Format:  4 pages

Editor/Publisher:  Henry A. Howe and Andrew M. Macy.

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

Extant, but may not be legible if copied.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Manuscripts, MG 25, New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, NJ

The School Gazette (CT, 1824-26)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Hartford, CT,  Hartford Female Seminary

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, numbers 1-14 and Vol. 2, numbers 1-2, dated 1824-26

Size and Format:  64 pages total.

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation:

General Description and Notes:

Written by students at the seminary which was founded by Catharine E. Beecher (1800-1878), sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896).

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  The Stowe-Day Foundation Library, Hartford, CT

Schoolcraft’s First Literary Magazine (MI, 1827)

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See The Muzzeniegun or Literary Voyager 

Schoolboys’ Echo (CA, 1858)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Downieville, California

Frequency:  Monthly.  Possibly only 2 issues

Volume and Issue Data: May 22, 1858, July 3, 1858

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  James A. Booth

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

Kennedy writes (p. 547):

“A boy named James A. Booth published a manuscript paper in Downieville in 1858.  It was called the Schoolboys’ Echo, and was good enough to draw strong praise from Calvin B. McDonald, at that time editor of the Trinity Journal.  McDonald only mentioned two issues of the Echo, although there may have been more.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography: Chester B. Kennedy, “Newspapers of the California Northern Mines, 1850-1860–A Record of Life, Letters and Culture,” unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 1949, pp. 27, 40, 547, 599

Locations: Unknown

The School Casket (WI, 1864)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Madison, WI:  the junior class of the First Ward Grammar School.

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 2, February 5, 1864

Size and Format:  23 pages

Editor/Publisher:  Charles D. and Clara F. Purple (he’s the same editor of Our Paper)

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

None

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Newspapers, No. SC 2047, Archives, The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Saucelito Echo (CA, 1879)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Sausalito, California

Frequency:  Weekly, Fortnightly

Volume and Issue Data:  No. 2, Sat., Feb. 22, 1879; No. 8, Wed., Dec. 10, 1879; price listed:  five cents

Size and Format:  Two pages; 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches; two columns; No. 8 contains a one-page “Echo Supplement”

Editor/Publisher:  W. D. Tillinghast

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

The paper contains general news, anecdotes, advertisements, humor, news briefs (“Brevities”), etc.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Anne Kent California History Room, Marin County Free Library, CA (photocopy)

The Saskatoon Sentinel (SK, 1884)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Frequency:  Bi-weekly (only three issues)

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 1, August 9, 1884

Size and Format:  No.1:  17pp.; No.3:  24pp.

Editor/Publisher:  “Devoted to the interests of the Temperance Colony”

Title Changes and Continuation:  No. 1:  “The Saskatoon Sentinel:  A Magazine of News and Instruction”; No. 3:  “The Sentinel:  An Independent Magazine of News and Instruction Devoted to the Interests of the Temperance Colony”

General Description and Notes:                        

Only three issues were published.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Vol. 1, Nos. 1 and 3:  Special Collections, University of Saskatchewan Library, Saskatoon; No. 2 is apparently no longer extant

The Sanpitcher (UT, 1867)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah(1867)

Frequency:  Weekly

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 1, ca. March 20, 1867-No.21, August 10, 1867

Size and Format:  “a neat little news sheet of three columns”; pen, “written in common orthography” 8”x12.5”.  No.7 in 6 columns on 12.5”x15.5” paper. No. 8 in 3 columns on 7.75”x12.5” paper.  No.11 on 4”x8.5” Distiller’s report form.

Editor/Publisher:  David Candland, 1819-1902

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

Alter identifies several citations of The Sanpitcher in regional newspapers of the day including Manti Herald, another handwritten newspaper, The Deseret News and the Salt Lake Telegraph.

Writes the Manti Herald in its March 20, 1867 issue:

“We had much pleasure last mail in receiving Number 1 of the Sanpitcher, David Candland, editor.  The paper is published in the flourishing town of Mount Pleasant, and like the Herald is done upon a sheet of writing paper; but instead of being printed with the pen, it is written in common orthography, yet it is a neat concern and highly creditable to friend David, its publisher; and as in duty and friendship bound, we touch our hat! hoping that, like the sling in the hand of the editor’s namesake of old, the Sanpitcher will be an instrument in the hands of its talented editor, to assist in slaying the giant of error.  We also solicit usual exchanges.”

On April 24, 1867, The Deseret News greeted The Sanpitcher with the usual attention given to new newspapers:

“From Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, with the editor’s compliments and good wishes comes Number 5, volume 1 of the Sanpitcher, ‘editor and publisher, David Candland,” a neat little news sheet of three columns, with a supplement filled with editorial tidbits and local items.  We hear of one or two other interesting little papers of a similar character throughout the territory, illustrative of the taste and the desire for “news’ local and foreign, which keeps growing among the people. . . . Friend David has a taste for the ‘tripod’ and a spicy way of expressing himself.”

The Salt Lake Telegraph noted the new paper in its May 21, 1867 edition:

“This pithy little manuscript effusion is before us again.  It has already reached number 9 at date of 11th inst.  From its supplemental issue we infer that news making is on the qui vive.  And how does it pay, Friend David?”

This was one of the most prolific and long-lived of the early Utah handwritten newspapers.

Includes tax reports, ads, letters, weather, deaths, local news, etc.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  J. Cecil Alter, Early Utah Journalism (Salt Lake City:  Utah State Historical Society, 1938), 128-129.

Locations:  Mormon Church Archives Ms 674  9 items.  Cited in Manti Herald, March 20, 1867; The Deseret News, April 24, 1867; Salt Lake Telegraph, May 21, 1867 and June 23, 1867

San Luis Coyote (CA, 1850)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Mission San Luis Rey, California (1850)

Frequency:  One issue?

Volume and Issue Data:  Sept. 1850

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  “C. Senor,” a U.S. officer stationed near Mission San Luis Rey

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

None

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Cu-B?

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