This directory provides statistics on numerous newspapers in towns throughout 31 Southern Illinois counties in July 1951. The information was compiled and edited by Donald R. Grubb of Southern Illinois University’s Department of Journalism. The information for each newspaper includes: year of establishment, publisher, publishing dates, circulation and distribution, town population, deadlines, rates, staff, services, newspapers dimensions, plant equipment, and location and mailing information. The directory provides insight into the characteristics of small town newspapers in the mid-20th century.