The typical index card has a subject line at the top, with a list of one or more newspaper articles underneath. The article listing includes a brief title of the article on one line and the newspaper, date of article, page and column where the article could be found.
The librarians who compiled the Zimmer Index used a set of short abbreviations to record the newspaper name. They also used a one or two letter abbreviation for the month.
The following abbreviations were used for the newspapers (occasionally Sunday papers will have an S before the initial):
New York Post
New York Times
These are the abbreviations commonly used for the months:
Here are some examples:
This card has three articles associated with the subject:
Subject: Banquets (This is the 281st card in the index for that topic)
New York Times, March 24, 1900, page 6 column 3
Board of Trade
Springfield Republican, March 23, 1900, page 7 column 5
To William F. King
New York Times, March 26, 1900, page 7 column 1
Subject: Baker, Hon. John Israel (first card)
Reappointed on Land and Harbor Commission by Gov. Russell
Boston Globe, September 1, 1892, page 5 column 3
Sketch and Portrait
Boston Post, September 24, 1893, page 19 column 4
Nominated first Mayor of Beverly Mass
Boston Post, November 30, 1894, page 5 column 1
Subject: Baker, Hon. John Israel (second card)
Inaugural address at Beverly Mass
Boston Sunday Globe, January 7, 1895, page 1 column 5
This information is provided by The State Library of Massachusetts.
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