Eighteenth-Century American Newspapers in the
Library of Congress
This is the first revision of the Checklist of Eighteenth-Century
American Newspapers in the Library of Congress since Henry S. Parsons's
edition in 1935. Since that year, the Library has added 117 volumes
to its collection, for a total of 1637. More significantly, the
file now contains microfilm holdings representing approximately
400 titles, plus nearly 360 titles included in the American Antiquarian
Society's microprint series. This checklist reflects the Library's
holdings of pre-1801 American newspapers as of February 2, 1996.
The main body of the work consists of individual newspaper titles
arranged alphabetically by state, city, and newspaper title. The
numbers in the title index and the name index (including printers,
publishers, and editors) refer to entry numbers, not page numbers.
The current revision employs successive title entry cataloging,
as opposed to the latest entry method of previous editions. Thus,
each title change in a newspaper's history now results in a separate
bibliographic and holdings record. Individual title entries include
publication dates, publishers, frequency, continuation notes, and
other applicable notes. Holdings are listed chronologically, with
relevant control numbers in right-hand margins. The complete listing
of bound and portfolio issues is given in the first part of each
holdings record, with microfilm and microprint data listed second.
The change to successive entry cataloging matches the form of entry
in Newspapers in Microform, 1948-1983 (1984), and the United States
Newspaper Program Union List.*
In combination with Clarence Brigham's History and Bibliography
of American Newspapers 1690-1920, Winifred Gregory's American Newspapers,
1921-1936, Newspapers in Microform, 1948-1983, and the United States
Newspaper Program Union List, this current revision forms a comprehensive
record of American newspaper files from 1690 to the present.
*For a description of the program see Larry E. Sullivan, "United
States Newspaper Program: Progress and Prospects," Microfilm
Review 15 (Summer 1986): 159.