The present lectures are an outgrowth of my Bibliography of American Newspapers, constituting chapters on certain aspects of early newspaper history. Begun in 1913 and tentatively completed in 1927 (having been printed in eighteen installments in the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society) the compiling of the Bibliography required travel of about ten thousand miles and examination of files in nearly four hundred towns and cities in thirty different states, including all those east of the Mississippi River and also Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri.
Although I read only a small proportion of the many files, as a historian of journalism would have done, hundreds of interesting features connected with newspaper history were noted. With such a vast field to cover, and working entirely alone, the task could never have been finished if I had let myself into the pleasant byway of reading the papers. Yet unconsciously much information was absorbed and many facts remembered. Lately I grouped these facts by subject, and they form the basis of the present contribution to the Rosenbach Fellowship. At one time I had thought somewhat of prefacing the Bibliography