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The Diário de Notícias, affectionately known as the Portuguese Daily News, began as the Alvorada (The Dawn) on January 25,1919 when Guilherme Luiz purchased a weekly Portuguese-language newspaper with the same name that had been published in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1927, the board changed its name to Diário de Notícias and began publishing a Fall River version of the paper. João R. Rocha acquired half ownership in 1940, and then bought out the paper, becoming publisher and sole owner in 1943. It ceased publication in 1973.
O Colonial was published in Fairhaven starting in 1925, and at one point declared itself "The only Portuguese weekly printed in Greater New Bedford". Owned by Frederico A. Costa, it may have seized publication in 1945.
O Heraldo Portuguez was published once a year during the month of December by Affonso Mendes Ferreira.
Voz Portugesa was the first Portuguese-language newspaper published in California; it was established by Antonio Maria Vicente in 1880, perhaps one of the most tenacious publishers to take on the Portuguese newspaper trade in California. Vicente sold the Voz in 1884 to Manoel Stone who would publish it until 1888; and went on to establish the Progresso Californense in San Francisco in 1885. With the end of the publication of the "Californense" in 1887, he then began publication of the União Portuguesa, also in San Francisco, in 1887; he sold it to Manuel Trigueiro who moved it to Oakland. The União Portuguesa, of all of Vicente's newspapers, had the longest run: it only seized publication in 1940 with Trigueiro's death.
O Arauto, initially called O Amigo dos Católicos was founded by Fathers Francisco Fernandes and João Francisco Tavares in 1888; it would be sold and moved to Oakland in 1896, at which point it also changed its name to O Arauto. It ran from 1896 to 1917 under the direction of F.I. Lemos and J. de Menezes. In 1917 the O Arauto was purchased by Pedro Silveira, who moved it to San Francisco and had its name changed to Jornal de Noticias.
In 1897, O Repórter begins publication in Oakland under the direction of C.C.L Soares.
A Liberdade was a daily newspaper created by Guilherme Silveira da Glória in Sacramento in 1900; it ran until 1937.
Artur Vieira de Ávila, João de Melo, and Constantino Barcelos founded the Portuguese newspaper O Lavrador Portugues [The Portuguese Farmer] in Lemoore in 1912. It moved to Hanford and Ávila became the only editor. In 1920 it moved again, this time to Tulare, where Alfredo Silva joined Ávila in editing the paper, which they moved to Oakland in 1927.
Out of Oakland in 1929, O Portugal is created and published by João Roldão.
In 1932, Pedro Silveira created the largest Portuguese newspaper in California with the merger of Imparcial (Sacramento, 1913-1932), Jornal de Noticias (San Francisco, 1917-1932) and Colonia Portuguesa (1924-1932). It was called Jornal Portugues and would run until O Progresso is founded in 1932 in Sacramento, it stopped publication in 1940.
O Portugal da California, originally called Ecos de Portugal (1934-1935) begins publication in 1935 by Jordão Marques Jardim.
A California Alegre was a weekly, self-described 'humorist-critical' newspaper that was edited by C. da Costa starting in 1932.
This project has been generously funded by the Autonomous Government of the Region of the Azores, Mark and Elisia Saab, and Luis Pedroso.
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