The Mill Valley News (CA, 1893)

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Mill Valley News (CA, 1893)

Publication History:

Place of Publication: Mill Valley, California

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 1, April 6, 1893

Size and Format:  Four pages; 6 1/2 x 8 1/4; three columns

Editor/Publisher: Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

Front page contents include a “Poet’s Corner” (with poems by Kezia B. Simmes, and Elizabeth Stone), a short story on “True Love” by Madge Wilson; page two has news “Notes” which mention a new hotel being “nearly finished” and the Catholic Church, “it is hoped be dedicated on the first of May” and will “accommodate about 200 people,” an essay on “Rob White” by Chas. Fromley; page three is mostly “The Little Ones, A Fairy Tale” by Jessy Greot and short joke about Jonah and the Whale; and page four contains jokes, births, lists marriages and deaths, but leaves those blank, puzzles, and a “Letter Box” with two short letters and mention of thanks yous to seven individuals.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

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

The Meteor (MA, 1868-1869)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Unknown

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1868-69 (no date on “the Herald”)

Size and Format:  Total about 80 pages

Editor/Publisher:  Hale family

Title Changes and Continuation: The Herald

General Description and Notes:

Children’s projects

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  In the Hale Family Papers,  Smith College, Sophia Smith Collection, Northampton, MA

The Little Printing Press (AK, 1953-1957)

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The Little Printing Press (AK, 1953-1957)

Place of Publication: Nome, Alaska

Frequency:  Unknown, 64 issues

Volume and Issue Data: July 15, 1953-July1957

Size and Format:  Handwritten and typed

Editor/Publisher:  Pamela Mandeville Mulvihill (eight years old)

Title Changes and Continuation:  The Little Newsprint

General Description and Notes:

According to the editor in notes written in 1975, The Little Newsprint was begun by Pamela Mandeville Mulvihill in Nome when she was eight years old.  Her mother, Ellen Mulvihill, did the typing and the ran the ditto machine.  Her mother committed the error in the title by changing the name to The Little Printing Press after the first issue.  Pamela did all the writing and dictated to her mother what she should type, including spelling.

The paper appeared irregularly for 64 issues untill about July, 1957.  The reason for starting the paper “has been forgotten,” but the author claims it was an “instant success.”

The Little Printing Press (AK, 1953-1957)

According to Mulvihill, she sold 100 copies for 1 cent each.  I never took tips.  After the paper had been typed and run off the night before (usually very late after many discussions over the news), she would attach her coin changer to her belt and go to main street early Saturday morning.  There was a regular route through various stores and offices which were her regular customers.  The drug store took several which they resold.

She had several regular subscribers throughout Alaska and a few “outside.”  Delegate Bob Bartlett was an occasional reader.  Out of towners were charged only the cost of the paper plus postage–5 cents at the time.  Ads were five cents.  News was collected by simply being a girl growing up in Nome; “I just kept my ears open!” (PMM, Dec. 16, 1975)

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations: Alaska State Library

Little Monitor (NC, 1869)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Wilmington, NC

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1869

Size and Format:  Pen and ink journal

Editor/Publisher:  Edward A. Oldham

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

“In 1869 at Wilmington, N. C., so far as it has been possible to ascertain, occurred the initial awakening of amateur journalism in the South. At the age of nine, Edward A. Oldham, who was later to become a leading publisher of newspapers, weekly and daily, and a distinguished columnist and writer, produced his first effort in mimic journalism, a pen-and-ink journal, bearing the title of the Little Monitor, suggested by his having been selected as monitor in a private school, where he was among the youngest pupils. This little make-believe newspaper was issued often enough to intensify the young editor’s ambition to own a real printing press and to print a little paper. He had seen Benjamin S. Wood’s advertisement of the Novelty Press in his monthly copy of the St. Nicholas. In time he managed to earn money enough for the purchase of a press and type equipment, and in 1870 he published the Star of the South, four pages, each page 5 x 7 inches, printing one page at a time. This tiny journal set the pace for Southern boys, North Carolina boys particularly, and in that State there quickly followed the Boys’ Courier from New Born, with James M. Howard, Charles R. Thomas and Owen Guiort, as editors. The last named became a Superior Court judge, and Thomas rose to political prominence and became a Member of Congress from North Carolina for several terms, in the Nineties and later.” (The Early Pioneers of Amateur Journalism (Before 1876))

“WHAT HAS BEEN CHARACTERIZED as “The Mimic Press” had an early start in North Carolina. In 1869, at the age of nine, Edward A. Oldham, of Wilmington, is credited with producing the first “amateur newspaper” — the Little Monitor, a pen and ink folio, followed in 1873 by the Star of the South, miniature and type-set.” (Oldham, History of Early Amateur Journalism in North Carolina)

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Links: Edward A. Oldham, History of Early Amateur Journalism in North Carolinahttp://www.thefossils.org/horvat/aj/states/NorthCarolina.htmThe Early Pioneers of Amateur Journalism (Before 1876)  http://www.thefossils.org/horvat/aj/pioneers.htm

Locations:  Unknown

The Little Girls’ Magazine (UT, 1879)

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Little Girls Magazine (UT, 1879)

Publication History:

Place of Publication: St. George, Utah

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol.1, No. 3, Nov. 12, 1879

Size and Format:  7.75 x 12.5 inches; one col.; pen and ink; 13 pp.

Editor/Publisher:  J.A. Ivins, editor (1879), on behalf of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association

Title Changes and Continuation:  Preceded by The Young Ladies Diadem

General Description and Notes:

The paper’s motto was “Perseverance conquers all things.”  The pages are filled with moralistic encouragement for young girls to have proper manners, to look for men who are moral and honest, to exercise their intellectual abilities (not to be idle), etc.

Several items are addressed “to the little girls of our association.”  Vol. 1, No. 3, includes two editorials, True Nobility, House-keeping, Kindness, Letters from Aunt Lou, Good Manners, Prayer, Cheerfulness, My Attendance at these meetings, To [sic] Late, and Cheerfulness at Home.

The stories appear to have been written by the young girls of the mutual improvement association and some of the elder women advisers.

Information Sources:               

Bibliography:  None

Locations: Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, UT (Mss A 1052)

The Little Acorn (MA, no date)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Massachusetts

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Unknown

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

None

Information Sources:         

Bibliography: None

Link:  American Antiquarian Society, Amateur Newspapers, Kentucky

Locations:  American Antiquarian Society, Worceseter, MA

The Leasure Hour (NC, 1866,1869)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Harrington, North Carolina (Cumberland County, now known as Harnett County)

Frequency:  The 1866 issue says monthly.

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. l, No 1, October 1866; and Vol. I, No. 1, May 1869, and No. 2, June 1869.

Size and Format:   The 1866 copy is 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2; all are 4 pp. each

Editor/Publisher:  “Harrington & Co.” for the first one and Sion A. Harrington (postmaster at Harrington, NC, in 1851) for the other two.

Title Changes and Continuation:  Same title but Vol. 1 appears in 1866 and again in 1869.

General Description and Notes:

Contains verses, essays, and miscellany.  The 1866 issue is described as “crudely printed”.  The other two look as if they may be drafts prepared for publication, but no published copies have been found.

According to Michael Ray Smith, ” Sion A. Harrington, John’s younger brother, printed at least one known copy of a handwritten newspaper called the Weekly News on February 2, 1869, and two issues of The Leasure Hour, a monthly publication, in May and June 1869″ (Free Press in Freehand, p. 70).

Information Sources:                   

Bibliography: Michael Ray Smith, Free Press in Freehand (Grand Rapids, MI: Edenridge Press, 2011)

Locations:   The 1866 paper is in the North Carolina room (C050), and the other two (Accession No. 3341) are in the Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Manuscripts Department,  Chapel Hill, NC

The Juggernaut (MO, 1930-1933)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Springfield, Missouri

Frequency:  Monthly

Volume and Issue Data:  Three extant issues: October 20, 1930; March 5, 1932; October 5, 1933.

Size and Format:  Round-robin family newspaper

Editor/Publisher:  The Wright family

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

Circulated among friends and relatives in Mount Vernon, IL, Chicago, and St. Louis.  Included family news, humor, and commentary.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Ruth Wright Collection, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis, MO

Huntington Gazette (VT, 1810)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Huntington,Vermont

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  March, 1810.  No known extant copies.

Size and Format: Brown wrapping paper, 7 inches by 4 1/2 inches, one side only

Editor/Publisher:  James Johns

Title Changes and Continuation: Vermont Autograph and Remarker

General Description and Notes:

James Johns describes this paper on the front page of his later manuscript paper, Vermont Autograph and Remarker of November 6, 1871:  “Should it be asked how long it is since I first took up this notion of a pen-printed newspaper, I answer that my first essay at it bore date back as earlly as March, 1810, I being then in my 13th year.  It was executed on a piece of brown wrapping paper nearly the size of this [approx. 7″ x 4 l/2”] when spread open, and printed on one side only and bore the title of Huntington Gazette; (I then lived in Huntington, the town next north by east of this.)  After that I used white writing paper, and sometimes altered the title as fancy dictated.  I have [end of page] . . .”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  “James John, Vermont Pen Printer,” Proceedings of the Vermont Historical Society, New Series, 4:2 (1936), pp. 69-71

Link: The American Antiquarian Society, Amateur Newspapers Collection

Locations:  No known copies exist.  (Dennis R. Laurie, Assistant to the Curator of Newspapers and Periodicals, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St., Worceseter, MA  01609-1634.  Phone 508/755-5221.)

Hamiltonian (MA, 1840s)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Massachusetts?

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1840’s

Size and Format:  approx. 120 pp.

Editor/Publisher:  Hale family

Title Changes and Continuation:  “and other miscellaneous titles”

General Description and Notes:

Children’s projects.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Hale Family Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Archives, Smith College, Northampton, MA

The Forget Me Not (ENG, no date)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Birmingham, England

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Unknown

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Joseph Edward Hinde

Title Changes and Continuation:  Unknown

General Description and Notes:

This paper was produced while Joseph was attending Bournbrook School in Birmingham, England.  It includes a list of subscribers.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Saskatchewan Archives Board, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Hinde Family Papers (S-A567)

The Family News (PA, 1902-1906)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Haverford, Pennsylvania?

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1902-1906

Size and Format:  352 pages

Editor/Publisher:  Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

Morley produced four other newspapers, all contained in the Morley Collection at Haverford.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Haverford College, The Quaker Collection, Haverford, PA

The Exponent (UT, 1877)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  St. George, Utah (ca. 1877)

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Unknown

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation:  Unknown

General Description & Notes:

 None

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  No issues located, but cited in THE YOUNG LADIES’ DIADEM, Vol. 1, No. 6, Dec. 5, 1877, p. 1.

The Experiment (AL, 1870; NE, 1873)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Oakland Hall, Chunchula, Alabama, and Willow Creek Farm, Waverly, Nebraska

Volume and Issue Data:  Monthly; Vol. 1, No. 1, Sept. 30, 1870, Vol. 1, No. 2, Oct. 15, 1870, Oakland Hall, Chunchula, AL; Vol. 1, No. 3 has very similar content and is dated the same as Vol. 1, No. 4, March 1, 1873, Willow Creek Farm, Waverly, NB

Size and Format:  Vol. 1, No. 1:  ledger paper, 22 x 24 in.; Vol. 1, Nos. 2 and 4:  ledger paper, 14 x. 22;  Vol. 1, No. 3:  ledger paper, 7.5 x 12

Editor/Publisher:  Vol. 1, Nos. 1 and 2 (in Alabama):  Chas. A. Pierce, editor, C.A. Caldwell, publisher; Vol. 1, Nos. 3 and 4 (Nebraska):  Charles A. Pierce, editor and proprietor

Title Changes and Continuations:  WILLOW CREEK JOURNAL

General Description & Notes:

The Experiment’s four extant numbers contain a variety of news stories, poems and essays.  Numbers three and four have very similar content, such that the third issue may have been a “draft” or early version of the fourth issue.

Numbers three and four contain an “editorial” which gives some history of the publication:

Two years ago at Oakland Hall, Ala., a paper was published, called ‘The Experiment.’  A few numbers had been issued, when suddenly the Editor was taken sick with a fever, caused by his Editorial labors.

Then, the Publisher went into other business [deserted him].  When the Editor recovered, and inquired for another Publisher, none could be had [found][And so] The publication of the Experiment was therefore suspended for a time.  [And] Now our intent is to continue publishing this paper through the [winter] year of 1873, if not longer.  The motto [is] will be the same as before; “Progress and Perseverence [sic].”  See Prospectus for Winter of 1872-1873 in [on third Page] another column.  Will all of the inhabitants of Willow Creek Farm give us their assistance?  [Note:  Boldface text appears only in No. 3; italic text appears only in No. 4; all other text is common to both issues]

The prospectus referred to in the editorials in both numbers notes that because spring work is coming, “we cannot publish regular issues all along during the Spring and Summer, but will try and publish one by the end of February, and once in a while one, until Fall” (Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 3, col. 1).

A serialized story about “Johnny’s Wanderings” (also titled “Johnny’s Adventures, or the life of a boy among the Indians” in Nos. 3 and 4) appears in all the numbers.  A “Synopsis” of the story appears in No. 3 (but not No. 4, although the Prospectus promises one) “so as the old readers of the story (who may have forgotten the part of it published in the No’s. 1&2 in 1870) as well as the new, may understand what follows” (Vol. 1, No. 3, p. 3, col. 1).  A note in small script appears above the title for the “Johnny” story in No. 3:  “All the articles of this paper are entirely original except those of this department.”

The first number identifies the “Rules” for reading and writing for the paper:

1st–No one except the Editor, Proof Reader and Publisher shall look at ‘The Experiment’ without writing an article for the same for every number.

2d–All articles for ‘The Experiment’ must be written in a plain hand, whi8ch can be easily read by the Editor.

3d–Articles for publication must be handed in before noon of the day previous to that on which the paper is issued.

4th–No one allowed to peep in the Editor’s drawer, or endeavor to read articles before they are published.  –Ed.

The editor, Charles A. Pierce, was the son of Charles W. Pierce, a civil war veteran, who was transferred to Demopolis, Alabama in 1866 as a major with the Freedman’s Bureau and District commander of western Alabama.  The senior Pierce served one term in the 41st Congress from Alabama’s fourth district in 1867.  It was during this time that his son, Charles A., began his first handwritten newspaper, THE EXPERIMENT, at Oakland Hall, Chunchula, Alabama.  In 1872 the family moved to Waverly, Nebraska, where THE EXPERIMENT, and its successor, WILLOW CREEK JOURNAL were published by Charles A in 1873.  THE CASKET appeared in Nebraska in 1875 as a school effort, no doubt with the help of Charles A.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Nebraska State Historical Society, State Archives, Lincoln, NB, Charles W. Pierce papers, Ms. 554

The Evening Star (UT, 1884-1891)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Hyrum, Cache County, Utah (ca. 1884-1891)

Frequency:  Weekly

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 4, Oct. 18, 1884 (“Knowledge Seeker”);  copies of varied title papers run to 1891

Size and Format:  Legal size; six to 10 pages; pen and ink

Editor/Publisher:  Various editors; Young Men’s and Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Associations of Hyrum

Title Changes and Continuation:  See The Educator, The Knowledge Seeker; A Manuscript Paper; Young Ladies’ Thoughts

General Description & Notes:

According to Alter, the Young Men’s and Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Associations of Hyrum published weekly literary journals largely in the interests and for the entertainment of their members during the late 1880s.  The publications carried news, religious items and weather reports.

“The Knowledge Seeker” was published by the Young Men; “The Young Ladies Thoughts” and “The Evening Star” were published by the Young Ladies.  Apparently, “The Evening Star” succeeded “The Knowledge Seeker.”  These papers appeared under various editors, since officers in these organizations changed hands regularly.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  J. Cecil Alter, Early Utah Journalism (Salt Lake City:  Utah State Historical Society, 1938), 90; Lorraine T. Washburn, “Culture in Dixie,” Utah Historical Quarterly, 29 (July 1961), 259-260; Mark A. Pendleton, “The Orderville United Order of Zion,” Utah Historical Quarterly, 7 (October 1939), 151

Locations:  John A. Israelson’s papers, Special Collections and Archives, Utah State University, Logan, UT

The Evening Record (WI, 1896)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Sedgewick, Wisconsin

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data: March 15, 1896, Vol. 1, No. 2

Size and Format:  1 oversize sheet

Editor/Publisher:  The children of the Yort family, Sedgewick, Iron County, WI

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

Handwritten and illustrated.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Newspapers, Sedgewick, WI: # SC-O, 15.  Archives, The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

The Enjoyer (MA, 1925-1926)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Massachusetts

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1925-26

Size and Format:  Approx. 150 pp.

Editor/Publisher: Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

Children’s papers.  George Wesley Bellows Papers, Box IV, folder 17.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  George Wesley Bellows Papers, Box IV, folder 17.  College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

English Chips (RI, 1858)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Providence High School, Rhode Island

Frequency:  Annually?

Volume and Issue Data:  1858, three issues, about 12 pages total.

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Gardner and Stone

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

Providence High School literary newspaper

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Manuscripts, The Rhode Island Historical Society, Library, Providence, RI

The Educator (UT, 1891)

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The Educator (UT, 1891)

Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Hyrum, Utah (1891)

Frequency:  “weekly”

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 8, No. 4, February 4, 1891

Size and Format:  7 3/4 x 13 inches, ledger book paper, single column

Editor/Publisher:  Bertha Nielsen, editor; “A manuscript paper published weekly by & in the interest (sic) of the young L.M.I.A. No. 2 of Hyrum” (i.e., Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Assn.)

Title Changes and Continuation:  Unknown

General Description & Notes

According to Alter, the Young Men’s and Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Associations in and around Hyrum, Utah published weekly literary journals largely in the interests and for the entertainment of their members during the late 1880s.  The publications carried news, religious items and weather reports.

The Educator, along with “THE KNOWLEDGE SEEKER,” “THE YOUNG LADIES THOUGHTS,” “A MANUSCRIPT PAPER” and “THE EVENING STAR” were published by Mormon Mutual Improvement Associations under various editors, since officers in these organizations changed hands regularly.

Utah State University Special Collections and Archives has 25 file folders containing these various Mutual Improvement Association newspapers.  They do not have a complete run of any of them, however.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  J. Cecil Alter, Early Utah Journalism (Salt Lake City:  Utah State Historical Society, 1938), 90; Lorraine T. Washburn, “Culture in Dixie,” Utah Historical Quarterly, 29 (July 1961), 259-260; Mark A. Pendleton, “The Orderville United Order of Zion,” Utah Historical Quarterly, 7 (October 1939), 151.

Locations:  John A. Israelson’s papers, Special Collections and Archives, Utah State University, Logan, UT

Choiceland Moonlighter (SK, 1872-1873)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1872-1873

Size and Format:  Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

Published by a 10-year-old boy

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  Saskatchewan Archives, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

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