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Historic Maryland Newspapers Project

Front page of Der Deutsche Correspondent

The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project (HMNP) at the University of Maryland Libraries is a two-year effort to digitize 100,000 pages of historic newspaper content from across the state. Our project is funded by a $325,000 National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant 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.

Digitization is underway for 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 January 2014, over 50,000 pages of Der Deutsche Correspondent have been digitized and delivered to the Library of Congress for ingest. Of those, almost 36,000 are now available on Chronicling America!

Other titles to be digitized include: The American Republican and Baltimore Daily Clipper (Baltimore); The Baltimore Commercial Journal, and Lyford's Price-Current (Baltimore); Baltimore Daily Commercial (Baltimore); Civilian and Telegraph (Cumberland); The Daily Exchange (Baltimore); The Maryland Free Press (Hagerstown); and The Pilot and Transcript (Baltimore).

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

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