The Acquisitions Table: Amateur Newspapers

Collection of amateur newspapers.

One of our new members, Stan Oliner, is very active in the field of amateur journalism through collecting, writing articles, and serving in national organizations. A while ago, he mailed AAS a large gift of amateur newspapers that we are eagerly going through, selecting many issues for our collection.  Illustrated here is a sampling of what has been processed to date, including issues from Massachusetts, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, and California. These were usually printed in very limited numbers, distributed locally, and exchanged with other amateur journalists. They offer an interesting sample of writings by teenagers of the late 19th century. Gift of Stan Oliner.

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