Monthly Archives: March 2009


Every so often, archives need to reassess how their collections are stored. Particularly, what is in direct contact with the manuscript, photograph, or work on paper, etc.? Der Deutsche Correspondent is receiving a new protective cover: Tyvek. Tyvek is an archival material that is resistant to mold, mildew, water, and dust particles. It is tear-resistant and non-abrasive.

What you see in the photograph (taken by an iPhone so it is not the best quality) is a wrapped volume of the newspaper in the upper left and a un-wrapped volume next to it.


Welcome! My name is Jenny Ferretti. I am the Digitization Coordinator and Hilgenberg Archive Project Manager at the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS). After interning in the Imaging Services Department at MdHS from July of 2006 through August of 2006, I was hired as the Imaging Services Assistant in September of 2006. I continued in this position and simultaneously completed an internship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA). I interned for the NAA in the Digital Imaging Lab from September 2007 through March 2008. After my internship ended, I was offered a contract position at NAA as the Digital Imaging Technician. I continued in this position until the end of February, 2009.

I have been in the position of Digitization Coordinator here at MdHS since March 2, 2009. As the Digitization Coordinator, I am also the project manager for the Hilgenberg Archive. Thanks to a generous grant from the Charles Edward Hilgenberg Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation and with the support of Mr. John Hilgenberg and family, MdHS has been given the opportunity to digitize our collection of Der Deutsche Correspondent – a German-language newspaper which was in print from 1841 through 1918.

The Maryland Historical Society holds 98 bound volumes of Der Deutsche Correspondent, totalling 84,000 pages. This is by far the most substantial collection of Der Deutsche Correspondent. MdHS will identify, catalog, and make this newspaper available for research via web access. Some of the goals of this project include:

I. Provide access to Der Deutsche Correspondent using digitization for web-based access.

II. Implement a Maryland German Heritage program that provides for continued arrangement, description, and access to related collections at MdHS and make connections with other Maryland institutions of the similar collection.

III. Create a network of people and collections interested in programs and collection materials related to Maryland German Heritage.

An article will appear in the Maryland Historical Society Newsletter announcing the digitization of Der Deutsche Correspondent and the Hilgenberg Archive. The newsletter will mail on April 27, 2009.

Please refer to this blog for updates on the project, digitization process, events, exhibitions, related material, etc. Please feel free to email me with questions: We look forward to speaking and working with the community regarding this project.