The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project
The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project is an ongoing effort to digitize Maryland's newspapers and make them accessible for free on the Library of Congress' Chronicling America website. Our project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities' (NEH) National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grants. As part of the program, we adhere to NDNP standards for title selection and digitization.
Since being awarded our first NDNP grant in 2012, we have digitized over 400,000 pages from across the state of Maryland. In 2014 we digitized titles with the goal of expanding geographic representation. The third NDNP grant, awarded in 2016, had the goal of representing additional diverse communities--political minority groups, labor groups, the Polish community in Baltimore, and strengthening geographic representation in western and southern Maryland. The fourth grant, awarded in 2018, digitized had a strong focus on representing communities traditionally underrepresented in archival collections and primary resources, digitizing newspapers from Czech, German, Italian, and Polish immigrant communities; two military base newspapers; and a newspaper published by and for women regarding women's Suffrage. The fifth phase, awarded in 2020, will focus on German, Italian, Polish language papers; Jewish papers; military bases and industry; and expanding temporal coverage throughout geographic regions, primarily focusing on the 20th century.