# citing historical newspapers

I'm compiling a chapter for an edited volume that includes numerous citations to historical newspapers. Most of these have no author or page number but only the (usually defunct) newspaper name and city of publication, article title, and full date of publication. For example:

@Article{NA1817,
Title = {Cannon Foundry},
Journal = {National Advocate},
Date = {1817-07-30},
Entrysubtype = {magazine},
Location = {New York, NY}
}


I'm using biblatex-chicago with

\usepackage[%
authordate,
hyperref = auto,
refsection = chapter,
backend = biber
]{biblatex-chicago}


... \autocite{NA1817} results in an inline citation of (National Advocate,1817) and a bibliography entry that looks like:

National Advocate (New York, NY). 1817. "Cannon Foundry."

The bibliography list should show up as:

National Advocate (New York, NY). 1817. "Cannon Foundry." July 30.

My question is - how do I get the date (July 30) to show up somewhere in either the citation itself or the bibliography? It had been a few months ago when I started using biblatex-chicago, but at some point seems to have stopped for some reason. Only thing I changed in the package options was to set refsection=chapter...

MWE that compiles with the malformed bibliography on my machine:

\documentclass{memoir}

\usepackage{filecontents}

\begin{filecontents}{\jobname.bib}

@Article{NA1817,
Title = {Cannon Foundry},
Journaltitle = {National Advocate},
Date = {1817-07-30},
Entrysubtype = {magazine},
options = {cmsdate=full},
Location = {New York, NY}
}

% same type of entry (Author-less Article, Review, and Manual entries)
% from cms-dates-intro.pdf

@Article{lakeforester:pushcarts,
journaltitle = {Lake Forester},
date = {2000-03-23},
entrysubtype = {magazine},
title = {Pushcarts Evolve to Trendy Kiosks},
options = {cmsdate=full},
location = {Lake Forest, IL}
}

\end{filecontents}

\usepackage[%
authordate,
backend=biber
]{biblatex-chicago}

\addbibresource{\jobname.bib}

\begin{document}

Testing historical newspaper citation without author \autocites{NA1817}{lakeforester:pushcarts}.

\printbibliography[heading=subbibliography]

\end{document}

• Still trying to track down a solution to this... I've added options={cmsdate=full} to the bib entries, which gets me the date in the in-line citation(e.g, National Advocate, July 30,1817) . Still not the date in the bibliography, though. I know it was at one point, but that seesm to have been turned off in a later update to the package or biber somehow... anyone know how to get it back? Feb 6, 2017 at 20:11
• I experimented with this a bit a few days ago, but there is lots and lots of date handling code in biblatex-chicago. Maybe an MWE could at least help other to get involved more quickly. If can't get this done, you can of course send the package author a feature request mail, if what you plan is in line with CMS guidelines. Feb 8, 2017 at 14:44
• That's the curious part... I'm following the exact form of the bib entry recommended in the the latest cms-dates-intro.pdf that which does format the bibliographic list correctly with date for these types of entries, but getting a different result somehow. Feb 8, 2017 at 14:53
• Putting one together now. Feb 8, 2017 at 14:58
• I tried to have a look, but I got lost in some of the code for dates in biblatex-chicago. If this used to work and if it should work according to the CMS you could contact the author of the package and ask him. Feb 16, 2017 at 9:08

## 1 Answer

As it turns out, it was in fact a conflict between biber/biblatex and the biblatex-chicago package (or at least in the cms-*.lbx). Got in touch with the package author, who is working on a fix. The MWE compiles correctly by the CMS spec with his patched cms-*.lbx file.