Youngstown Vindicator

Microforms Information Services Librarian
Maag Level Three
Tel: 330-941-1719

Maag Library is named in honor of William F. Maag Jr., a longtime editor of The Vindicator who was a great benefactor and advocate of local libraries and Youngstown State University. The Maag Microform Center has this valuable resource available in microfilm from 1869 until the present. The Vindicator is published 365 days per year and it is located in downtown Youngstown, Ohio at 107 Vindicator Square, 44503.

The paper was founded as the weekly The Mahoning Vindicator by J. H. Odell in 1869. It was purchased by William F. Maag in 1887 and has been published daily since Sept.25, 1889. The Sunday edition began on June 7, 1896. Thus the Youngstown Vindicator, and its successor title since 1983, The Vindicator, has published a daily look at life in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys, for over 110 years, documenting local, national, and international events.


Maag Library holdings


Microfilm X 0459
Microform Center Third Level

1889 to date (usually two months behind current date)

Microfilm X 1026
Microform Center Third Level

Most recent 14 paper issues

Maag News Corner
Reference Department Main Level

Older paper issues until Microfilm received

Microfilm Newspaper Reserve
Reference Department Main Level

Volume 1,Number 1 June 25, 1869


Finding articles in The Vindicator
Unfortunately, searching the paper is complicated by the lack of a complete central index.
Maag Library does have the following tools to help you establish timeframes.
The following indexes can help you pinpoint actual dates of publication.

1869 – 1919

Microfilm X1026 Index
Microform Center, Third level

1933 – 1938

Microfilm X1026 Index
Microform Center, Third level

Patrons have had some success using other newspapers indexes and databases to establish a time frame to narrow their search of the microfilm for the years without indexes, basically 1940 to 2001.

NOTE WELL; The microfilm includes all of the editions published each day and the item you are looking for may not be exactly in the same place in each edition or it may be published only in

one of them. For example, the front page of the City edition may feature articles not found on the Pennsylvania edition. (See first column below).

City edition strike averted

Pennsylvania edition teachers walk

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is your best source for research on the Vindicator as their staff has created some unique indexes not available elsewhere. In addition to the indexes Maag Library owns, the Main Library at the corner of Wick and Rayen Avenues (across the street from YSU’s Jones Hall) has coverage for 1921-1930, 1933-1938, and limited coverage for 1939 and 1940. They are creating an on-going database index for the Vindy from 2001 forward, as well as a Death records database.

Excellent information on current and recent issues may be researched at the paper’s website.

Exciting news update! As of 2009,  The Vindicator is embarking on a digitization project of all of their past issues.  Check their website to keep track of developments.