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Indexes to Local Newspapers
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The evaluation of each Index has been written by the local studies librarian most experienced in the use of the Index concerned. For more details please contact staff at the listed library.

Newspaper
Title

Title of Index

Date Coverage

Location

Evaluation

York Chronicle

York Newspaper Index Subject index and Persons index on card

1773-1777, 1817-1818

York Library

see York Courant for description.

York Courant

York Newspaper Index Subject index and Persons index on card

1728-1848 (some gaps)

(+ other newspapers - to date)

York Library

The York Newspaper index starts in 1728 and then continues to give almost complete coverage of the area within the city walls up until the present day when coverage has expanded to take in villages in greater York council area.

Includes obituary notices of York people, some births/marriages and articles giving biographical details.

References to York businesses/new firms/closures/bankruptcy/expansions/refits etc. Trade advertisements are indexed in early newspapers.

Index is excellent resource, well used and regarded, especially the Persons index. Enquiries can often be answered off the index cards.

York Herald

York Newspaper Index Subject index and Persons index on card

1790-1801

York Library

see York Courant for description.

York Journal

York Newspaper Index Subject index and Persons index on card

1745-1749

York Library

see York Courant for description.

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Yorkshire Evening Post

 

Newscuttings

i. early 20th C - c1920s

ii. WWI & WW2

iii. 1940s, 1950s & 1960s

Local Studies, Central Library, Leeds

Coverage in 1940s, 1950s and 1960s is patchy.

Newspaper Index

mid-1960s - to date

Local Studies, Central Library, Leeds

Card Index, separate Leeds, Yorkshire, biographical and company indexes.

Index

c1970s (some earlier) - to date

Pontefract Library

All subjects on Pontefract locality.

Index

1980s - to date

Castleford Library

Articles relevant to Castleford and environs.

Yorkshire Evening Press

York Newspaper Index Subject index and Persons index on card

1900 - to date

York Library

see York Courant for description.

Yorkshire Gazette

York Newspaper Index Subject index and Persons index on card

1819-1898

York Library

see York Courant for description.

Yorkshire Observer 

see Bradford Observer      

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Yorkshire Post

 

Newscuttings

i. early 20th C - c1920s

ii. WWI & WW2

iii. 1940s, 1950s & 1960s

Local Studies, Central Library, Leeds

Coverage in 1940s, 1950s and 1960s is patchy.

Local Celebrities Cuttings Files

1920s-

Bradford Central Library - Local Studies

Begun in 1920s. Includes some earlier cuttings and very selective at first. Bradford County Borough area until 1974, then Bradford Metropolitan District area.

Subject Cuttings Files

1950s-

Bradford Central Library - Local Studies

Begun in 1950s. Self-indexing, arranged by subjects e.g. textile firms, schools, churches and chapels - then by name.

Major collections on topics such as fire at Valley Parade Football Ground, Peter Sutcliffe (Yorkshire Ripper), immigration and ethnic minorities.

Bradford Metropolitan District area since 1974.

Index

1958 - to date

Huddersfield Central Library

Selective, dependent on staff awareness and interest. Reliability variable.

Newspaper Index

mid-1960s - to date

Local Studies, Central Library, Leeds

Card Index, separate Leeds, Yorkshire, biographical and company indexes.

Index

c1970s (some earlier) - to date

Pontefract Library

All subjects on Pontefract locality.

Index

1980s - to date

Castleford Library

Articles relevant to Castleford and environs.

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