Using Local Newspapers
Among the best sources for local history and information, including history relating to the public schools, are the local newspapers. The primary newspaper for
The primary index to the Courier-Journal is a subject card index started by staff at the Louisville Free Public Library in 1917. This index for the years 1917 to 1986 was microfilmed by the
Some issues of the Courier-Journal from 1900 to 1910 are to be included in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) project managed by the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Virtual Library. See the KYVL's information on Kentucky Digital Newspapers.
Researchers may also be interested in contacting the Courier-Journal for information on its fee-based service for searching its archives.
Beyond access provided in the methods listed above, researchers use publication dates to find information.
Other local papers are available on microfilm as well, but most are not indexed. These include the dailies, the Herald and the Post, later merged into the Herald-Post, which closed in 1936; the African-American community papers, the Louisville Leader and the Louisville Defender; religious papers such as the Roman Catholic Record and the Baptist Western Recorder; and ethnic community newspapers such as the Louisville Anzeiger and the Kentucky Irish American. These papers are not available at all libraries. For instance, the Record is available at
The JCPS Archives and Records Center clips news reports about the schools from current issues of the Courier-Journal for its history files but the archives does not have retrospective microfilm or the electronic edition of the newspaper. Researchers interested in sports articles should locate the papers on microfilm at the larger libraries.