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Good news! The first batch of Der Deutsche Correspondent has been re-wrapped and is ready to be picked up! It was decided that MdHS would outsource the collection in two batches: small sheet volumes first, then the larger, more fragile volumes second.

The batch that will be picked up tomorrow begins with the editions running from July, 1904 through December of 1917. It consists of 50 volumes that are 22.25 inches by 17 inches. There are a few volumes in this batch that I considered to be extremely fragile. This means that they were clearly deteriorating and brittle.

We decided to begin with the smaller sheet volumes of the newspaper because they seemed to be in the best of shape. It has been estimated that the digitization process will take roughly six months to complete. Depending on the condition of each page, we estimate there will be 44,200 images to come from this batch.

The vendor that will digitize this collection is The Crowley Company, located in Frederick, Maryland. It was very important to me to keep these newspapers in Maryland. I want to be able to drive to wherever it is the newspapers are being digitized and give feedback or provide help to whoever was to digitize the collection. Chris Becker, the Associate Director of Imaging Services, and I toured the Crowley facility in Frederick and felt very confident that they would be able to handle the volume of work we would like to digitize. Our tour with Pat Crowley, Vice President, and Meghan Wyatt was a very positive experience. We felt that this team was very personable and experienced.

The next batch consists of the large sheet volumes (27 inches by 21.5 inches) running between January, 1877 through June of 1904 then picks up again from Jauary, 1918 through April of 1918. They are almost completely re-wrapped and will sit in their new Tyvek outfits until Crowley is ready to drop off the first batch. It feels great to have these volumes wrapped in proper materials.

For more information about Crowley Imaging, including their current clients and past projects: http://thecrowleycompany.com/index.html

I’ve been wrapping Der Deutsche Correspondent in archival Tyvek for a couple weeks now. It’s slightly more time consuming than I originally thought it would be, but it is still enjoyable. I’m happy to wrap these precious newspapers in archival materials to better preserve them. The photographs below illustrate a portion of the process. The Tyvek is rolled out on a table, the bound volumes are placed on the Tyvek as the meauring tool, the Tyvek is cut, the bound volume is unwrapped, and the volume is re-wrapped in Tyvek. I have printed four labels per volume to stick on the top, sides, and one end of the volume so that someone searching in our storage area could easily find the volume they are looking for.

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