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Baltimore News American Collection


Baltimore News American Collection
News American
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16.00 linear feet and 85 items
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State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Hornbake Library, Maryland Room, College Park, Maryland 20742; Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709. Email:

The Baltimore News American Collection consists of materials that document the long history of the News American and its predecessors. The News American traced its lineage back to Baltimore's first newspaper, the Maryland Journal and the Baltimore Advertiser, which was started by William Goddard on August 20, 1773. However, historically, the connection between the two newspapers is ambiguous. Instead, the likely origins of the News American date to May 14, 1799, when Alexander Martin launched the American and Daily Advertiser. The collection dates from 1773-2006 with the bulk of material dating 1930-1973. It includes many different types of materials, such as newspaper clippings, library files, correspondence, scrapbooks, unpublished and published manuscripts and employee newsletters. Prominent individuals documented in the collection include H.L. Mencken, Frank A. Munsey, R.P. Hariss, William Randolph Hearst, Sr., William Randolph, Hearst, Jr. and John Steadman. Additional materials of interest, include information about the News American's Bicentennial Celebration, the demise of the News American, history of the News American buildings and scrapbooks from the 1930's to the 1940's including items that contain editorial commentary and the perspectives of William Randolph Hearst, Sr.

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