george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Tue Sep 2 19:23:36 UTC 2003
Kathleen Miller asks:
> First a question, is the New York Sun online and searchable anywhere?
The NYPL has the morgue kept by the Sun. This includes clippings both from the Sun and from some other newspapers, filed mostly or entirely under the names of people mentioned. It extends back at least to the early 20th C. The last time I consulted it, several years ago, it seemed that there was only one person in the library who knew how to find stuff in it, and that was a guy named Burke, if I recall, who worked in the Map Division.
I don't know of a database.
For those of you who don't know this paper: it isn't the thing currently being published, nor at all ancestral to it, though the present paper has taken over the old Sun's masthead and motto. The original Sun was the first newspaper in NYC to be sold on the streets, for a penny, in 1833. All other papers then were sold by subscription only, for home delivery, with a nominal price of 6 cents, but an actual cost of $10/year. The success of the Sun prompted the founding of the Herald, the NY Tribune and the NY Times and others. It was a particularly influential paper in the late 19th C, when it was edited by Charles Henry Dana. The Sun lasted until 1950, when it merged with the World Telegram to form the World Telegram and Sun.
For those of you who live in NYC or may visit it: There is a large marble building on Broadway at the corner of Chamber street, just north of City Hall. This was once the first department store, "A. T. Stewart's Marble Palace". After he moved his store uptown, the building was taken over by The Sun, and the large clocks at the corners of the building are relicts of the Sun: notice the motto "The Sun. It Shines for All."
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998.
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