Questions & Answers
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 17:17.
I'm looking for a 2001 article from the German language newspaper Die Zeit. What index is there to that paper?
The only German language newspaper index available is called the Zeitungs-Index, to which we subscribe. We have 1974 through 1994, then there is a gap until 1999 and another gap until 2003. We have a standing order, but those issues were never delivered. We also have a CD-ROM produced by Zeitungsindex which covers from 1982 to 1989. However, currently there is no index to the 2001 issues of Die Zeit.
We checked with the publisher and with other libraries, but these gaps are universal. There is a German language bibliographic essay that addresses this issue.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 14:16.
Is there any indexing to San Francisco newspapers in the early 20th Century?
The California State Library produced an index to old San Francisco newspapers for the early 20th Century. It's a unique resource that is easy to overlook. Stanford has this on microfiche (stitle:San Francisco newspapers index, 1904-1959), located in Media Microtext Collection in the Basement of Green Library.
The SF Chronicle index for 1950-1980 is available in: San Francisco Chronicle index, 1950-1980. For contents, consult: Users' guide to the San Francisco newspapers index / compiled by Richard Terry (Z6952.C2T47 1986), located in Current Periodicals/Microtext in Green Library: MFICHE 849 Media Microtext Collection (Lower Level).
Submitted by email@example.com on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 11:03.
How can I find records of votes, by member, for the House of Commons in the 19th Century?
Historical answer on Divisions:
The detailed lists of members' votes were not included in the bound sets of the PP. Over time, they were placed in various locations of Commons business: in Votes and Proceedings, or as a separate publication. The Parliament kept no official record of members' votes until 1836. Before then, unofficial lists appeared in newspaper accounts, letters, or manuscripts. For details about member votes for the late 18th and early 19th centuries, see Voting Records of the British House of Commons, 1761-1820, by Donald E. Ginter.
We have an online version of the 19th Century House of Commons Papers, but it doesn't include the . So for the 19th C, we must depend on the microfiche set of Division Lists. They cover the votes from 1836 to 1910. (We also have a microfiche set of the PP.) One approach is to check the Debates, find out if a division was taken, then use the Division Lists microfiche for the record of the votes.
The Chadwyck-Healey Subject Catalogue [index] of the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1801-1900, which goes with their Parliamentary Papers fiche, includes a subject finding list of the Division Lists from 1842 to 1900, in Vol. 1, pp. 153-154. These can be searched in the online PP by searching "return of the number of divisions" using a date limit of 1842-1900. These are subject lists, with total votes on each bill, and do not include members' names. For names, you'll need the microfiche of the Division Lists.
Below are the catalog records for our holdings of the Parliamentary Debates. Currently, the Debates are not available in electronic format before 1988.
From 1988 on, the debates are available online from the House of Commons.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 10:56.
How can I find reports and documents made by and for the British Parliament in the 19th Century? I've only seen 20th Century Parliamentary Papers shelved in British Documents in Green Library.
You can find the 19th and 20th Century British Parliamentary Papers by linking from the the databases page to the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. Soon, we should have access to the 18th C PP as well.
Stanford also has micofiche for the British Parliament or "Sessional" Papers, housed in the Jonsson Library of Government Documents (MFICHE 446). The CDROM index to the microfiche is in the Information Center (CD-ROM Station No. 2 behind the Information Center desk), and the print version, Parliamentary Papers Guide to the Microfiche Edition (Z2019.C62), is housed in Social Science Resource Center (SSRC) in Green Library's Bing Wing. Also, Subject Catalogue to the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1801-1900 (Z2019.C63 Vol. 1-5) is available in the Social Sciences Resource Center.
If you need to pin down an obscure citation, check the following indexes (housed in SSRC):
Language like "Report to Parliament," or "Command," "Sessional," or "Parliamentary" Papers means that the source is probably available in one of our Parliamentary or Sessional Papers collections.
For most purposes, "Sessional," "Command," and "Parliamentary" all mean the same thing when applied to British governmental reports and documents used by Parliament. Here is an official set of definitions:
In Stanford's collection, "Parliamentary Papers" includes Sessional and Command Papers. The "Debates" are a separate set of volumes, shelved in British Documents after the PP.