The Newspaper Index has its origins in manual indexes compiled by the Newfoundland and Labrador Collection of the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board. The driving force behind the index was Mona Cram, at the time Head Librarian of the former Provincial Reference Library. In 1973 the citations were computerized with the assistance of the University of Guelph. The product of this computerization was a KWOC index (a Keyword Out of Context printout). Inputting into the database ended in 1989.
Coverage includes various years of three daily newspapers, the Evening Telegram (St. John's), the Daily News (St. John's) and the Western Star (Corner Brook). While there are many entries for the Evening Telegram and the Daily News from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, the entries for the Evening Telegram are mainly from 1978 to 1987 and those from the Daily News from 1978 to the cessation of the newspaper on June 4, 1984. Entries for the Western Star are primarily from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The index also covers the entire run of the Diocesan Magazine (1889-1958) and the Newfoundland Churchman from 1959 to 1987, both publications of the Diocese of Newfoundland, Anglican Church of Canada. Subject headings are organized by place-names and sub-headings. The overall coverage is 1850-1989 though for some years there are few or no entries.
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