Fonds - Woodstock Herald and Oxford Star fonds

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Woodstock Herald and Oxford Star fonds

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  • 1846-1849 (Creation)
    Woodstock Herald and Oxford Star

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2 oversized bound volume of newspapers

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(1840-1847, 1848-1849)

Biographical history

The first newspaper in Woodstock was known as “The Woodstock Herald and Brock District General Advertiser". Published by William G. Waldie, the first edition appeared on June 7, 1940, with George Menzies as editor (formerly of the Niagara Chronicle). According to the book Woodstock: Bits and Pieces by William and Baker (1990), in order to increase circulation, grain was accepted as payment of subscriptions, though advertising rates were strictly cash. The Herald, as it came to be referred to, continued as a weekly paper under the guidance of George Menzies until his death in 1847.

The third paper to make an appearance in the Village was “The Oxford Star and Woodstock Advertiser” on January 28, 1948. This paper was short lived with the last edition being printed on January 19, 1949. John Allan was the editor and Alex Hay and James Egan were the publishers.

Custodial history

One bound volume consisting of the Woodstock Herald & Brock District General Advertiser and the Oxford Star & Woodstock Advertiser was in possession of the Toronto Reference Library and transferred to the Oxford County Archives in May 2022. The other bound volume consisting of the Woodstock Herald was in the possession of the Woodstock Public Library and was transferred to the Archives in September 2023.

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The fonds consists of the following newspapers:
Woodstock Herald – 9 January 1946 – 7 January 1947.
Woodstock Herald & Brock District General Advertiser. – 7 August 1846 – 26 February 1847.
Oxford Star & Woodstock Advertiser. – 4 February 1848 – 19 January 1849.

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Good, though some pages are missing or missing sections; and some pages have been damaged by mold. Please handle with care.

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The Archives received the records from the Toronto Reference Library in 2022 and the Woodstock Public Library in 2023.


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  • English

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    The fonds is open to publish research. However, please contact the archivist responsible for the records regarding access, as some materials may be too fragile to handle. The Archives will make every effort to supply reference copies where feasible.

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    Copyright is held by the archives. Researchers are responsible for observing copyright regulations that may apply to the publication of their research. If you wish to publish any of this material, please contact the archivist responsible for the records.

    The Archivist has the right to restrict reproduction if the material is in a fragile condition.

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