Maryland joins national effort to digitize historic newspapers
More than 36,000 pages of historic newspapers from the state of Maryland are
now freely accessible via the Internet, thanks to a project led by the
University of Maryland Libraries and funded by the National Endowment for the
The pages are the first Maryland newspapers to be included on
the Chronicling America
website of the Library of Congress, a long-term effort to develop a searchable
database of historic U.S. newspapers.
“Maryland will now be represented
in a national effort that appeals not only to genealogists and history buffs,
but also to digital humanists who use large data sets in their research,” says
project leader Elizabeth Caringola. For example, by searching keywords across
the millions of newspaper pages included on the website, researchers can map the
influence or reach of particular news items.
Included in the project are
issues from the mid- to late-1800s of the German-language newspaper Der
Deutsche Correspondent. Published in Baltimore, the newspapers provide a
glimpse of the city’s history, including its growth as a commercial hub and
prominence as a beer brewing capital.
The University of Maryland, College
Park, was awarded a $325,000 National Digital Newspapers Program grant from the
National Endowment for the Humanities in 2012. Another 50,000 pages will be
digitized before the two-year project is complete.
historic newspaper content to Chronicling America, 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.
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.
For additional information about the project, visit
the project’s website
(Image from Der Deutsche Correspondent, 1878, a German-language
newspaper published in Baltimore, featuring the 18th National Brewers Congress.)