The Hilgenberg Archive Booklet

After much trial and error, I have finally found the best paper on which to print the Hilgenberg Archive booklets. This booklet was designed, printed, and folded by yours truly and I couldn’t be happier with the reactions I am receiving when I show them to my colleagues. The concept for the booklets developed as I was thinking about the types of materials to mail to German Heritage groups throughout the US.

In the packets, I include a letter, an article written by Fred Rasmussen of the Baltimore Sun, history of Der Deutsche Correspondent and Frederick Raine, and an article I wrote in 2009 introducing the archive to our members. I wanted something that each person who received a packet would actually want to keep and look at more than once. Channeling what I learned in my printmaking classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art, I decided to create a booklet that did not require binding or stapling. The “chapters” inside the booklet consist of:

I. Assessing the Collection
II. Identifying the Digital Vendor
III. Scanning Der Deutsche Correspondent
IV. Post-production
V. Future Steps: Optical Character Recognition and Indexing
VI. Sustaining the Hilgenberg Archive; Partnering for the Future
Verso: How to get involved

When completely unfolded, the booklet turns into a poster:

The purpose of the booklets is to inform those interested how an archive of this magnitude is digitized, steps that need to be taken in order to make it available to the public, and why we need additional funding. I plan on making these booklets available at the MdHS front desk in case you are in the area and would like one.


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