Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bob Krauss Research Index

The below is quoted directly from an email circulated by Hawaiian Collection librarian Dore Minatodani. (For more on digital newspaper resources as they relate to Hawai'i and the Pacific, click here.)

The Hawaiian and Pacific Collections at the UHM Library are happy to announce that the transfer of the Bob Krauss Research Index to online availability has been completed. We have also added links to online copies of newspapers in Chronicling America, where available. See below for quick links to sample searches.
Please visit our new site, at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/hawaiiancollection/krauss, and update your bookmarks.

We thank the Krauss family for allowing us to make this index available to the public; and the University Research Council, John and Barbara Stephan, and the Ifuku Family Foundation for their financial support.

For technical support, we thank the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library's Desktop Network Support department, headed by Martha Chantiny, for bringing the Krauss index into its original online format in Streetprint. In particular, we thank Alice Tran, Daniel Ishimitsu and Wing Leung for their setup and coding work.

We also extend our thanks to the many students who worked on this project, among whom Alan Vandermyden stands out for his dedication to the project.

Finally, we extend special thanks to Margaret Lui, whose hundreds of volunteer hours took us to the finish line.


About the Bob Krauss Research Index

Bob Krauss (1924-2006) wrote for the Honolulu Advertiser for fifty five years, from 1951 through 2006. One of his research strategies was to review older newspapers on microfilm and to take notes on index cards. Over time these cards came to fill 22 card file drawers, stored front and center on Krauss's office desk.

The newspapers Krauss turned to were:

the Honolulu Advertiser and its predecessor the Pacific Commercial Advertiser (published since 1856)
the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (published under various titles since 1870)
the Polynesian, (1840-1841, 1844-1864)

To a lesser degree, Krauss also indexed other publications, and information he gathered through personal interviews and correspondence. He annotated most of his index entries with notes and explanations that provide context and information not typically found in formal newspaper indexes.

The index is by no means comprehensive in subject or time coverage. It largely reflects Krauss's research interests. Nonetheless it provides critical starting points into Hawaiʻi's newspaper literature, covering periods of time and subjects in newspaper titles that have been formally indexed nowhere else.


Sample Searches

- articles on HOTELS, published in the Hawaiian Star (available in Chronicling America)


- articles on CHINESE, published in the Daily Bulletin (available in Chronicling America)

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