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The Newark Experience: Newspapers

The Newark News

Eldridge, Douglass. "The Rise and Fall of the 'Newark News,': A Personal Perspective," New Jersey History 104(1/2), Spring/Summer 1986, 37- . Available?

Reeves, Richard. " Newark's Fallen Giant: Euthanasia or Murder?," Columbia Journalism Review 11(4), November/December 1972, 49-55.
Looks at the circumstances surrounding the demise of the Newark News, the "biggest and best newspaper in New Jersey", which ceased publication in August of 1972. Restricted Access

Scudder, Richard B. " 'Newark's Fallen Giant': Untruths, Distortions, Misrepresentations," Columbia Journalism Review 11(6), March/April 1973, 65-67.
Letter to the editor from the former owner/publisher of the Newark News in response to the Reeves article. Restricted Access

Eldridge, Douglass. " Newark: A Guild View," Columbia Journalism Review 12(1), May/June 1973, 71.
Letter to the editor responding to Scudder. Restricted Access

William Crawford. Editorial Cartoons, 1954-1962
Manuscript collection. Cartoons published in the Newark News relating to state and local politics, especially in Essex and Hudson counties.
Special Collections Call Number: MC 244

Newsboys

Newsboys
Lewis Wickes Hine's photographs of Newark newsboys, taken between 1909 and 1924.

Newark Newspapers

Today's Star-Ledger plus a fourteen day archive is available online.

Full-text access to the Newark Star-Ledger is available from 1989 to the present on Access World News (Restricted Access). The Dana Library has the Newark Star-Ledger on microfilm going back to 1980; microfilm reels back to August 1, 1945 are also available from the Rutgers Alexander Library in New Brunswick. The Newark Public Library also has the Star-Ledger in its entirely (1939 forward) as well as its predecessor, the Newark Star Eagle (1916-1939), available on microfilm.

While there is no complete printed or online index to the pre-1989 Star-Ledger, the New Jersey Information Center at the Newark Public Library has the card file Cummings Index to the Star-Ledger from 1971 to 1996, as well as locally compiled Newark News Indexes, 1916-1970. NPL's New Jersey Newspaper & Periodical Index currently includes the Cummings Index to the Star-Ledger from 1971 to about mid-1979, and will eventually include an index to the Newark Evening News Morgue. The Morgue clippings file, arranged by subject, is available on microfilm in the New Jersey Information Center. The Dana Library has the microfilm of the Newark portion of the Newark News clipping file in the NEWARK collection. (Those files which were labeled "Newark- ".)

The Newark Sunday Call, from June 1881 to July 1883, is available online as part of the no longer maintained Google News Archive collection. These issues are browsable but not searchable.

Ethnic newspapers are a valuable source of information on the lives and concerns of immigrant and ethnic groups. The New Jersey Information Center in the Newark Public Library has a large collection of New Jersey Newspapers on Microfilm which includes a number of ethnic Newark newspapers.

History of the Newark Press

"The Press of Newark from 1791 to 1878,"
Joseph Atkinson. IN The History of Newark, New Jersey: Being a Narrative of its Rise and Progress, From the Settlement in May, 1666, by Emigrants from Connecticut to the Present Time, Including a Sketch of the Press of Newark, From 1791 to 1878. Bowie, Maryland, Heritage Books, 2001. Appendix.  Available?
Reminiscences and Experiences in the Life of an Editor.
William H. Winans. Newark, 1875.
Winans founded the penny Newark Daily Mercury which began publication in December of 1848. Available?
A Story of New Jersey Journalism.
William Lewin. Newark, N.J., 1928.  Available?
For the Glory of the Union: Myth, Reality, and the Media in Civil War New Jersey.
Alan A. Siegel. Rutherford, N.J., Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1984.  Available?
"Toward Unionization: The Newark Ledger Strike of 1934-35."
Daneil J. Leab. Labor History 11(1), 3-22, Winter 1970.
The strike by the staff of the Newark Ledger was the first strike against a large circulation daily and the first major action against a newspaper by editorial workers. Restricted Access
"Ethnicity and Newark's Italian Tribune, 1934-1980,"
Michael Eula. Italian Americana 19(1), Winter 2001, 23-35. Available?
"The State of the American Newspaper: The Jersey Giant,"
Mary Walton. American Journalism Review 22(8), October 2000, 58-65.
The Star-Ledger's New Jersey Statehouse bureau is the largest in the U.S. Restricted Access