I have a series of newspaper articles that were originally published in The Greenwich Journal and Fort Edward Advertiser (Greenwich, NY) between 1955-1958. There is a total of 86 articles. They were written by the Argyle Town Historian. I only have the clippings of these and not page and column information and there maybe some confussion on which actual newspaper they came from. I am working to sort that issue out. These articles were each given an article number ie. "article 51"
These same articles were republished in The Greenwich Journal and Salem Press between 2002-2004. In the second publication some of the articles were edited and corrected. For example some of the corrections and additions that were published after the first run were incorporated into the second publication. This publication changed "article 51" to "installment #51." I have most of the articles from the second run.
These same articles were published a third time in 2004 in a PDF document that was available for a time and may still be available by sending a request to the editor of The Greenwich Journal and Salem Press. The PDF document changed the original article numbers' and the 'installment numbers' to chapter numbers and includes an index of names. The PDF has a notice in part, "Genealogical researchers may use information garnered from this source so long as they cite the work by name..., and credit the original author..., and the editor, ... " The title page of the PDF states "By Mrs. ... Edited and modified by .... for The Greenwich Journal and Salem Press 2004" It should be noted that the editor of the PDF was also the newspaper editor at the time of publication.
Would citing the PDF be akin to citing a book, citing both the author and editors name? I have not seen editors typically cited in an authored work of this nature. Is this common?
My first inclination is to use the clippings from the first publication for my citations since the quotes and stated relationships I have used are from the original articles and not the edited versions although in almost all the cases there is no difference. However, since I currently don't have page and column information and the original paper's title is still in question would it be less complicated, hence less confusing to use one of the later publications?