The Baltimore News American was an active daily newspaper that existed in various forms for over 200 years. The last issue was printed on May 27, 1986. The University of Maryland Libraries has custody of the newspaper's collection of over 1.5 million photographic images, dating roughly from 1906 to 1986. The collection encompasses images of all aspects of the human experience - people, places, and events from Baltimore to the world.
The Department has created a computer-based folder level inventory for the processed part of the collection (approximately 350,000 images) which is available to patrons in the Maryland Room. Interested researchers are urged to contact the Department prior to visiting as access to the collection entails a special search. The majority of these materials are in delicate physical condition. Photoduplication is permitted except for items judged too fragile by staff. All copies are only made in accordance with the "fair use" provisions of U.S. copyright law. More information about scanning and copying policies can be found on our photoduplication services page.
E-mail the subject area specialist or call (301) 405-9212 for more information.
Please note that the University of Maryland Libraries do not hold copyright to any of the materials in this collection. Permission to publish material under copyright must be obtained from the holder of the copyright. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine if there is a copyright holder and to obtain permission to publish. Publications using photographs from the Baltimore News American collection should include the credit line: "Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries." The department requests a complimentary copy of the publication.
The copyright to photographs taken by News American staff is held by the Hearst Corporation; inquiries about permission to use these images should be addressed to the following:
Jay D. Smith
Office of General Counsel
300 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 649-2075
Fax: (646) 280-2075