Archive for August, 2008

AZ: Locating Newspapers

August 25, 2008

Let’s pretend you are researching the history of Prohibition in Arizona. What newspapers are focused on your topic? You don’t know and you wouldn’t know where to start?

The papers areĀ  Arizona Guardian (published in Phoenix) and the Arizona Prohibitionist (published in Glendale) and you would locate them by using today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Arizona Newspaper Project – This databases allows you to locate newspaper holdings by title, city, county, subject and OCLC number. Records include information on where the newspaper can be found and when it was published. The subject feature is a good way to find ethnic or political newspapers (i.e. Jewish, Catholic, African American, Masonic, etc).

Here is the record for the Arizona Prohibitionist:

Title:

Arizona Prohibitionist

Location of Coverage: City: Glendale
County: Maricopa
Dates of Coverage: Known Dates : 1938-19uu
Frequency: Irregular
Bibliographic Data: Subject: Prohibition
Library of Congress Number: Sn2002-60091
Previous Title:
Later Title:
OCLC Record Number:
32185875

Institutions with Holdings


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Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records AZP Phoenix <1938:V.1:1:2><1939:V.2:9-1940:5,NO.4-6><1942:V.4:1-2><1943:V.5:1><1944:3,10><1945:2,6><1946:1> Paper

It’s important to remember that this is NOT a full text database. You won’t find individual articles here, nor will you find an online index to newspaper articles. But once you know a given newspaper exists, you might be able to borrow microfilm for specific time periods through Interlibrary Loan at your local library.

The Arizona page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Daniel Cornwall. But he’s looking for an AZ based librarian to take over the page.

LA: Louisiana State Museum Map Database

August 19, 2008

The Louisiana State Museum’s cartographic holdings are extensive so it’s a good thing they created a searchable database of their collection! The cartographic holdings include original works and facsimiles, dated 1525 to the present. The map collection includes maps related to the exploration and settlement of Louisiana during the colonial period and delineation of its cities after the Louisiana Purchase.

Be aware that not all records contain images of the map, but by viewing all maps, you can easily click on the maps that do contain images (as noted by a green box).

My favorite map is the 1683 map of “New France and Louisiana, Newly Discovered“. It just makes the Gulf look…odd.

The Louisiana page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Rolanda L. Ridley, Government Documents Librarian, Southern University at New Orleans.

KS: WWII Veteran Information

August 18, 2008

Do you have a Kansas relative who served in World War Two? Would you like to find out? Check out today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

World War II Kansas Veterans Index – “This database contains more than 227,000 entries of male and female Kansas veterans of the armed forces who served between September 16, 1940 and June 30, 1946. This comprehensive data comes directly from Adjutant General Selective Service Board lists.”

Here is a sample record:

Name Service Service # Registration Place Comments
Smith, John A. Inducted 17 February 1944, Navy 9566451 Registered, order # 11608 Hutchinson, Reno Co. (Board # 3)

With a person’s service number, additional records from the military may be available if you are the veteran or their next of kin. See http://www.archives.gov/veterans/index.html for details.

The Kansas page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Bill Sowers of the State Library of Kansas.

ID: Trademarks

August 11, 2008

If you do business in Idaho, make sure that your trademark plays nice with other registered Idaho Trademarks with today’s State Agency Database Highlight:

Trademark Search – The Idaho Secretary of State Trademark Search database is searchable by by wordmark or keywords, business or last name, first name, filing number, and trademark status. It contains only trademarks and service marks registered with the State of Idaho; it does not contain information on federal, foreign or common law trademarks, nor trademarks registered with other states.

Here is a sample record:

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Trademark Result

Filing Number: 16194
Keywords: “A”, OUTLINE OF IDAHO
Mark Status: Active

Original Trademark Image
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Description: OUTLINE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO WITH A LOWER CASE GREEK LETTER “A” SUPERIMPOSEDON THE BOTTOM 2/3’S OF THE STATE

International Class Codes: 42 (COMPUTER, SCIENTIFIC & LEGAL)

Goods and/or Services: INSTRUMENTATION CALIBRATIONAND MAINTENCE SUPPORT SERVICES, HEALTH AND SAFETY-RELATED PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, HEALTH PHYSICS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Registrant

ALPHA-IDAHO, LLC
101 TECHNOLOGY DR
IDAHO FALLS, ID 834010

Date of Registration

Registration Date:

12/22/1998

Expiration Date:

12/22/2008

First Use Date Anywhere:

01/07/1998

First Use in Idaho Date:

01/07/1998

History

ORIGINAL – 12/22/1998 (PDF) (TIFF)

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The Idaho page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Christine Gray.

GA: Where’s the Gold?

August 4, 2008

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight tells where Georgia residents put their money:

Deposit Demographics – searchable by city or county. “The FDIC requires each federally insured deposit institution to submit a report detailing the deposit volume at each of its banking offices. These reports are required once a year as of June 30th. The information is usually released near the end of the following October. Therefore, all the deposits shown in the subsequent report are as of June 30th of the indicated years. Also, all deposits are displayed in thousands (000’s omitted).”

The Georgia page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Rich Gause.