World Archives Project: United States, African American Newspapers, 1823-1915

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About this project This project contains newspapers spanning the years 1823 to 1915.  Names, residences, ages, event dates, and event type will be captured from each article displayed on the image.  The project difficulty level is set at Very Easy because the images are clear and the typed articles are legible.  The range of articles is varied so not all wanted information will be available for each article.  Key what is available following the field instructions, and happy reading.

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General Keying Standards
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Note: There is a small run of French-Language newspapers out of New Orleans. Please key these as normal if you are able. If you must cancel, just pick the "I don't want to complete this set" option.



Project-specific sample images and form field help:

Choose a sample image from below to see the corresponding form field examples.
Newspaper
Advertisement Page

This is for pages that contain ONLY advertisements. If it has EVEN ONE article, it is a Newspaper.


Newspaper

This form type is for all newspaper images from which data will be keyed.  This does not include images displaying ONLY advertisements.  For images displaying only advertisements use the "Advertisement Page" form type.


Publication Title

Key the name of the Publication Title, the name of the newspaper, as found in the header of the page. Key as seen.


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Publication Location

Key the Publication Location of the newspaper as found in the header of the page normally below the name of the newspaper.  Key the Location, using the provided drop-down list for assistance.  The Publication Location will normally precede the state name, such as in "Montgomery, Ala" where "Montgomery" is the Publication Location.  Do not key the location which may be included in the publication title.
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Publication State

Key the Publication State from the header of the newspaper.  The Publication State normally follows the publication location, such as in "Montgomery, Ala" where "Alabama" is the Publication State.  Using the provided drop-down list, capture the complete spelling of the state.
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Publication Month

Key the Publication Month from the publication date found in the header of the newspaper image.  Select the complete spelling of the month from the provided drop-down list.
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Publication Day

Key the Publication Day from the publication date found in the header of the newspaper image.  The day will be a number between 1 and 31.
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Publication Year

Key the Publication Year found in the header of the newspaper.  Key the year as seen.
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Column Number

Newspaper pages have columns, some have just two columns while others may have up to six columns.  Starting from left to right, determine the number of columns on the image.  Determine which column an article appears in.  Key the Column Number in which the article appears.  If an article spans several columns, key the column in which the name appears.
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Prefix

Key any titles before the Given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs", using the provided drop-down list. If a prefix does not appear in the list then key the prefix as seen.
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Given

Key the given name or initial and any middle names or initial from the article. If a name appears more than once in the article, key the name only once. Do not key any names or businesses from the advertisements. Key each name as a unique record.  Not all dates will apply to each unique person. For example, if the article is a death record and gives a death date then that death date will not apply to any relatives mentioned in the article.  

All names of real people are to be keyed from the articles.
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Surname

Key the Surname from the article. If a name appears more than once in the article, key the name only once. Do not key any names or businesses from the advertisements. Key each name as a unique record.  Not all dates will apply to each unique person. For example, if the article is a death record and gives a death date then that death date will not apply to any relatives mentioned in the article.

All names of real people are to be keyed from the articles.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname using the provided drop-down list.  If a suffix does not appear in the list, key as seen.
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Event Type

Select the correct event type from the drop-down list.  The only event types to be selected are "Other", "Birth", "Marriage", or "Death".  Most articles in the newspaper will be an "Other" event type. 
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Residence

Key the Residence, such as city, or city and state, for the person, if one specifically appears in the article. Do not assume that "of this county" or similar words indicate that any of the publication localities apply to the person. Do not key street addresses.  
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Event Month

Key the complete Event Month from the event date using the provided drop-down list. The event date is not the publication date and will appear, if given, in the article not in the header of the page.  If an event date contains multiple dates (such as Aug 8 - Aug 10), key the first date (Aug 8). Only key specific dates in the article and do not make assumptions about dates if an article mentions of "yesterday", "Monday morning", etc.
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Event Day

Key the complete Event Day from the event date. The event date is not the publication date and will appear, if given, in the article not in the header of the page. If an event date contains multiple dates (such as Aug 8 - Aug 10), key the first date (Aug 8).  Only key specific dates in the article and do not make assumptions about dates if an article mentions of "yesterday", "Monday morning", etc.
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Event Year

Key the complete Event Year from the event date. The event date is not the publication date and will appear, if given, in the article not in the header of the page. If an event date contains multiple dates (such as Aug 8 - Aug 10), key the first date (Aug 8).  Only key specific dates in the article and do not make assumptions about dates if an article mentions of "yesterday", "Monday morning", etc.
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Event Location

Key the Event Location if it appears in the article.  This location field is only for city, towns, states, not addresses, schools, etc.  The event location is not any of the publication locations which are found in the header.  A drop-down list of localities is provided for assistance.
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Age

Capture the Age, if it appears in the article, as seen.  
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Advertisement Page

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This form type is for the images which display ONLY advertisements.



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