Otis Library is the principal repository for the archives of the Norwich Bulletin. Through its many iterations, the Bulletin traces its antecedents to 1791, when Ebenezer Bushnell founded the Weekly Register (1791-1795). From these modest beginnings and through its myriad name changes by the early 20th century the Bulletin grew into arguably the dominant newspaper in eastern Connecticut. According to the Library of Congress, in 1910, the Norwich Bulletin advertised that it had the largest circulation of any paper in eastern Connecticut and that its readers could be found in “forty-nine towns, one hundred and sixty-five postal districts, and forty-one Rural Free Delivery District routes.” A subscription base of around 7,000, the editors claimed, meant that the Bulletin had nearly 40,000 readers a day. Historically a Republican newspaper the Bulletin overtly courted its two most natural constituencies: the small towns, villages, and rural areas of the eastern part of Connecticut and adjacent Rhode Island, and the banking, industrial, and commercial movers and shakers based in the town of Norwich itself. Otis Library houses both microfilms and bound volumes of the Bulletin and the invaluable Bulletin clipping files, which contain extensive detailed information arranged by topic and individual. These files were essential research tools, an archive providing background information and source references in pre-digital times.

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