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Historic Maryland Newspapers Project

Front page of Der Deutsche Correspondent

The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project at the University of Maryland Libraries is an ongoing effort to digitize historic newspaper content from across the state. Our project is funded by generous National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and receives technical support from the Library of Congress.

Per NDNP requirements, newspapers are selected for digitization based on their research value, geographic representation of the state, and temporal coverage. Newspapers must have been published between the years 1836 and 1922 to be eligible. Historians, archivists, librarians, and educators from across Maryland were invited to sit on our Advisory Board and recommend newspaper titles for our project to digitize.

Microfilmed copies of the newspapers are scanned in order to preserve aging and frail physical copies and to maximize the resources provided to us.

All digital images and metadata created by our project comply with NDNP technical specifications to ensure that Maryland newspapers can be made freely accessible to the public via the Library of Congress' Chronicling America website and will be digitally preserved into the foreseeable future.

The bulk of pages digitized during the first phase of the project is from Der Deutsche Correspondent, a German-language newspaper published in Baltimore between 1841 and 1918. Its founder and editor Frederick Raine was a German immigrant who came to America in 1840 after apprenticing in the publishing house of his uncle in Munster, Germany. First published weekly, in 1848 it became a daily newspaper. The success of the newspaper can in part be attributed to an influx of German immigrants to Baltimore in the 1840s and '50s.

As of August 31, 2014, the project completed it's first two-year NDNP grant. The following titles are now digitized and available on Chronicling America:

  1. The American Republican and Baltimore Daily Clipper
  2. The Baltimore Commercial Journal, and Lyford's Price-Current 
  3. The Baltimore Daily Commercial
  4. The Civilian & Telegraph (Cumberland)
  5. The Daily Exchange (Baltimore)
  6. Der Deutsche Correspondent (daily and weekly)
  7. The Maryland Free Press (Hagerstown)
  8. The Pilot and The Pilot and Transcript (Baltimore)

The project was awarded a second NDNP grant from September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2016, to digitize an additional 100,000 pages of Maryland newsprint. During the second grant, the project will digitize titles from around the state, as well as finish digitization of Der Deutsche Correspondent.

For more information about the project, contact the Historic Maryland Newspapers Librarian Liz Caringola via email.


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