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January 4, 2012

Bob Krauss’ Early Hawaii Newspaper Research Index

Filed under: Free Web, Hawaii — Tags: , , , — uhlawlibrary @ 1:05 pm

The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections at the UHM Library have made the Bob Krauss Research Index available online at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hawaiiancollection/krauss.

About the Bob Krauss Research IndexBob Krauss (1924-2006) wrote for the Honolulu Advertiser for fifty five years, from 1951 through 2006. One of his research strategies was to review older newspapers on microfilm and to take notes on index cards. Over time these cards came to fill 22 card file drawers, stored front and center on Krauss’s office desk.

The newspapers Krauss turned to were:

the Honolulu Advertiser and its predecessor the Pacific Commercial Advertiser (published since 1856)
the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (published under various titles since 1870)
the Polynesian, (1840-1841, 1844-1864)

To a lesser degree, Krauss also indexed other publications, and information he gathered through personal interviews and correspondence. He annotated most of his index entries with notes and explanations that provide context and information not typically found in formal newspaper indexes.

The index is by no means comprehensive in subject or time coverage. It largely reflects Krauss’s research interests. Nonetheless it provides critical starting points into Hawaiʻi’s newspaper literature, covering periods of time and subjects in newspaper titles that have been formally indexed nowhere else.

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