Travel plans have been firmed up and it’s now definite that I’ll be going to Boston in May. I hope to have at least four full days at the Boston Public Library, the only library in the country that has really good coverage of Boston and other Massachusetts papers. (Don’t get me started on why that is — what I have to say on the matter is not at all kind.)
I know that I definitely have work to do on the Boston Traveller, the Post, the Herald and the Evening Transcript. The Globe I’ll work on if time permits, but it’s available at the Library of Congress, so I’m giving it low priority.
Looking over the film available at the BPL I see they have a number of other papers with which I’m less familiar. So I’d like to solicit the brain trust for any information you may have about the comic strip contents of these papers:
Boston Daily Advertiser (thru 1929), Sunday Advertiser (thru 1972) — these were Hearst papers I believe — anyone know if they have interesting content, or did they just run the standard Hearst strips)
Boston American (1904-61) — also a Hearst paper, right?
Boston Chronicle (to 1960), Boston Guardian (1939-57) — black papers; any interesting content or did they just reuse Defender/Courier stuff?)
These ones I know nothing about:
Boston Courier (to 1914)
Boston Free Press (1960-67)
Boston Morning Journal (to 1917)
Boston Evening News (1903-04)
Boston Evening Record (to 1921)
Boston Daily Record (1929-61) — combined with American 62 on
Boston Telegraph (1921-28)
Boston Sunday Times (to 1915)
Boston Daily Tribune (1907 only)
Boston also had a long list of weekly papers. Does anyone know of any with interesting content? What about the rest of Massachusetts — anyone know of interesting papers I ought to check?