Hilgenberg Archive Reception – 01/23/10

This Saturday (January 23), Maryland Historical Society will be celebrating the Charles Edward Hilgenberg Archive from 4p-6p. A volume of Der Deutsche Correspondent will be on view (under glass) at the reception and we will speak briefly about how the project came to fruition and future steps. It also happens to be the late Mr. Charles Edward Hilgenberg’s 100th birthday on the 23rd! A very nice coincidence and we are happy to honor him on that day as well. This celebration is free and open to the public.

Also on display will be a flow chart of how we have been building a digital archive of Der Deutsche Correspondent.
The steps included in the flowchart are as follows:
I. Assessing the Collection
II. Identifying the Digital Vendor
III. Scanning Der Deutsche Correspondent
IV. Post-production
V. Future Steps: Optical Character Recognition

  1. Mike Brill said:

    What OCR program will you utilize to process the old German type as found in the Deutsche Correspondent?

    • We are currently in the process of making that decision. Our digitization vendor, Crowley Imaging, is making preliminary contacts and gathering information for us so that we can decide which OCR company would be the best fit for this project. Due to the fact that the text is in German Gothic Script, this will prove to be a challenging job for any OCR company. It will most certainly need to be outsourced.

      Thank you for your interest.

      – Jenny

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