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MSS 68 1874-1890 N457

New England Associated Press Papers, 1852-1892: A Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MSS 68 1874-1890 N457
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: New England Associated Press papers
Date(s): 1852-1892
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Letters received in the Boston office of the New England Associated Press, chiefly to William Warland Clapp, president. Also includes letters to Clapp as editor and proprietor of the Boston Journal, clippings and administrative records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The New England Associated Press papers were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a donation from Delano Wight in 1932.

Processing Information:

Processed: October 2017 By: Baker Library Special Collections Staff

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information

Preferred Citation:

New England Associated Press Papers. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.

Biographical / Historical

The New England Associated Press was a regional coalition of newspapers organized to share costs and resources for news gathering. It originated in April 1848 as the Boston Associated Press when nine Boston dailies came together to share the costs of a telegraph company service of foreign news received from New York. It was the nation's second news brokerage following the New York State Associated Press founded two years earlier. William Warland Clapp Jr. (1826-1891), editor of the Boston Saturday Evening Gazette (1847-1865) and the Boston Journal (1865-1891) served as President and member of the executive committee of the New England Associated Press circa 1883-1890. The New England Associated Press dissolved in the 1890s as individual newspapers chose to affiliate with the larger news agencies, the United Press Association (later United Press International) and the Associated Press.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the New England Associated Press (N.E.A.P.) papers are letters received by William Warland Clapp Jr. during his time as president of the agency from 1883-1890. Letters are also addressed to other members of the executive committee, including N.E.A.P secretary Royal M. Pulsifer, publisher of the Boston Herald Company, N.E.A.P agent E.L. Beard, and N.E.A.P. superintendent H.H. Fletcher. A small amount of administrative material documents N.E.A.P expeneses, telegraph agreements, membership applications, and proposals to affiliate with the United Press Association. There is additional material related to Clapp's work as editor and propietor of the Boston Journal, including letters written to Clapp and the Boston Journal and administrative records. This includes letters from Charles H. Taylor, publisher of the Boston Globe. Printed materials include pamphlets, articles, and newspaper clippings related to press associations and newspapers.

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