online database:-THE BELFAST NEWSLETTER INDEX, 1737-1800

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online database:-THE BELFAST NEWSLETTER INDEX, 1737-1800

Post by irishgen » 19 Sep 2004, 15:36

THE BELFAST NEWSLETTER INDEX, 1737-1800

Compiled by
John C. Greene
Please acknowledge the assistance of The Belfast NewsletterIndex in resulting
publications. Such acknowledgement may help to procure funding for future
indexing of Irish newspapers.

A Brief History:
The Belfast Newsletter, an Irish newspaper that began publication in Belfast in
1737 and continues in business until this day, has good claim to being the
oldest continually-published English-language newspaper. This is the first such
index to be completed for an Irish newspaper. The Belfast Newsletter was
published thrice-weekly during the 18th century, in issues of four pages each.
During its time, the Newsletter was seldom equalled in the breadth and quality
of its coverage of local and international events.

Every significant word and date in the 20,000 surviving pages of the newspaper
was indexed, but not all of the newspapers are still available. In fact, only
about one-quarter of the newspapers for the years from 1737 to 1750 have
survived, although the run of newspapers is nearly complete from 1750 through
1800 (Click here for a list of surviving newspapers). The final database of
information contains nearly 300,000 items of news and advertisements.

the website is at http://www.ucs.louisiana.edu/bnl/

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