NEH awards grant to University of Maryland to digitize historic newspapers
The University of Maryland was awarded $325,000 from the National Endowment
for the Humanities to make important historic newspapers from the state of
Maryland freely accessible via the Internet.
The grant, awarded to the
University Libraries, will be used to digitize approximately 100,000 pages from
many of Maryland’s historic newspapers. Published between 1836 and 1922, the
newspapers relate significant historical events in Maryland, including the
growth of Baltimore as a commercial hub and the upheaval of the Civil War—which
manifested itself in harsh censorship of Maryland newspapers. Newspapers from
the Gilded Age capture the commentary of important local writers such as H. L.
“This project will make the state’s history available in a new
way to researchers not only in Maryland, but also around the world,” says
Patricia Steele, dean of the University of Maryland Libraries. “It extends our
land-grant mission in a digital age and exposes the state’s collections to new
A goal of the project is not only to capture the historical
highlights of the time, but also the texture of everyday life through the local
reporting of “papers of record” throughout Western Maryland and the Eastern
The two-year project will make the newspapers freely available via
the Library of Congress's Chronicling America website
As part of this larger effort, the project will also better integrate
collections of Maryland newspapers with those of neighboring states such as
Pennsylvania and Virginia as well as the District of Columbia.
National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the National Endowment
for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, is a long-term effort to develop
an internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive
The University of Maryland Libraries comprise the largest academic
library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area. The eight-library system
supports the teaching, learning and research needs of University of Maryland
students and faculty.