A long overdue update: DDC scanning has resumed!

MdHS is happy to announce that the digitization of Der Deutsche Correspondent has resumed.

As many of you who have followed this blog may already know, Jennifer Ferretti left the Maryland Historical Society and the Hilgenberg Archive Project back in August last year to attend library school. I stepped in to take over the project at that time, which also happened to be a natural temporary stopping point for the project for a host of reasons: funding, a change in leadership, and news that another institution began working on Der Deutsche Correspondent.*

In May we sent half of our remaining DDC volumes to the Crowley Company in Frederick, Maryland to resume scanning. Since then, we received the good news that funding is in place to complete all remaining volumes. Crowley estimates that it will take six months to complete this stage of the digitization.

In other good news, we recently began working with a new intern, Alexander Russell. Alex is no stranger to the project as he will explain in his greeting below. His duties will range from translation work to acting as a liaison with educators using our DDC files in their classes. Most of all we hope that posts on this blog will become more frequent in the weeks to come. (Joe Tropea)

Please join me in a hearty internet welcome to Alex…

Greetings! My name is Alex Russell. I first became aware of the Hilgenberg Archive/Project in 2010 while studying  at UMBC, where I concentrated in German and Chinese. I was introduced to the paper as part of a translation course, in which we translated short segments articles. After graduating, I approached the Maryland Historical Society to see if the project was still active. Now, I am translating the paper one segment at a time to make it available to the public.

Der Deutsche Correspondent covers such a wide variety of topics and materials: from historic events such as the Mexican Revolution, World War I, and the Suffragette Movement(s); to national news, culture and modernization; to even the most mundane local developments. Der Deutsche Correspondent provides an multifaceted and very human perspective of the German community in not only Baltimore or Maryland, but the East coast and America as a whole. The paper also highlights the rapid developments that mark the period of modernization around the turn of the century, giving rise to industry and technology as we know it today. The paper’s Sunday edition includes focus articles on cultural topics, such as travel, art, music and fashion. Comics, art nouveau illustrations, and photographs will also be uncovered for the first time in over half a century.

Currently, I have access to about 20,000 plus pages from which to translate. Therefore, if any reader is interested in a particular topic, theme, or occurrence, I am certainly able to keep an eye out for that topic as I work to make these historic stories available to the public.

—Alex Russell

*Look for more news on this last point as it develops.

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1 comment
  1. Thank you so much for taking an interest in this collection and starting again on the work.

    In a past blog post, it was announced that a donation was received to cover the cost of a website to host the images. In the initial Baltimore Sun article, it was given that the process of digitizing the images should be completed so much sooner than it has turned out.

    I look forward to your future updates.

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