Historic Maryland Newspapers Project: Timeline
1982 The United States Newspaper Program (USNP), “a cooperative national effort among the states and the federal government to locate, catalog, and preserve on microfilm newspapers published in the United States from the eighteenth century to the present,” is established.
1983 The Maryland State Archives is awarded funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the USNP to conduct a preliminary survey of newspaper holdings in the state of Maryland.
1988 The University of Maryland Libraries are granted funding from NEH to locate and catalog all newspapers held in Maryland. Simultaneously, the Maryland State Archives is awarded funds from NEH to begin microfilming these papers.
1990 Cataloging of Maryland newspapers is completed. The results: 2,356 titles were cataloged representing 5,308 newspaper holdings from 87 institutions across the state.
1991 The Maryland Newspaper Project: A Guide to Newspapers and Newspaper Holdings in Maryland (First Edition) is published. An updated version can be accessed at the Maryland State Archives' website.
1990s and 2000s Newspaper microfilming and digitization initiatives occur across the state outside the auspices of the USNP. Some projects make newspapers freely accessible; others incorporate newspapers into commercial databases.
2003 NEH and LC establish goals and guidelines for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), which “is a long-term effort to provide permanent access to a national digital resource of newspaper bibliographic information and historic newspapers.”
2005 The first two-year grant cycle of NDNP awards begins. California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah and Virginia are the first states to participate.
2007 Chronicling America is launched by LC and NEH, providing the public with a free database of newspapers digitized by the NDNP. Chronicling America also hosts the US Newspaper Directory, the result of extensive inventories compiled during the USNP.
2012 The University of Maryland Libraries apply for a NDNP grant for the state of Maryland and are awarded $325,000 from NEH to fund the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project (HMNP).
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