In 2009, ProQuest will add The Baltimore Sun (1837-1985) to its highly regarded collection of historical newspapers. Available on the ProQuest Historical Newspaper platform, The Baltimore Sun provides diverse regional perspectives and coverage on events that shaped the 19th and 20th century.
“ProQuest is committed to providing the best sources of information available,” said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of publishing for ProQuest, “and newspapers are fundamentally important to understanding history, politics, and family history. The Baltimore Sun brings a new dimension to ProQuest Historical Newspapers – opening another window into the past.”
The Baltimore Sun provides unprecedented access to news from this major port city. ProQuest is extending coverage of The Baltimore Sun to include every issue from 1837 through 1985. In contrast to the literary dailies popular on the East Coast at the time, The Baltimore Sun was originally published as the people’s paper, reporting on events that affected the lives of Maryland’s residents. Its reporting included Baltimore as a center of commerce and immigration, and extensive coverage of Washington politics into the mid-20th century. Maryland was a slave holding, border state prior to the Civil War and The Baltimore Sun covered the major battles fought in Maryland and nearby states. It also includes the writings of “The Sage of Baltimore,” H.L. Mencken, considered one of the most influential writers of the early 20th century.
In ProQuest Historical Newspapers, researchers can browse full-text and full-image newspapers from significant U.S. and international titles, dating back to the 18th century. With continuous newspaper runs, scholars can read each digitized issue cover to cover, or narrow their search by specifying one of 20 different document types (articles, editorials, advertisements, obituaries, etc.), date, and author. By cross-searching these newspapers, such as The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Afro-American, researchers can compare and contrast the opinions and perspectives conveyed in each.
ProQuest continues to add U.S. and international titles to its Historical Newspapers program, an unparalleled online primary source that not only provides the news, but also advertisements, obituaries, marriage announcements, editorials, classifieds, comics, cartoons, and more. The archives of newly-added newspaper titles are cross-searchable with all titles in ProQuest Historical Newspapers, the world's largest digital newspaper archive encompassing more than 20 million pages dating from 1764. A core research holding in major libraries around the world, it includes such formidable newspapers as The Guardian, The Observer, The Scotsman, The New York Times with Index, New York Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Atlanta Constitution, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, The Chicago Defender, New York Amsterdam News, Pittsburgh Courier, Los Angeles Sentinel, Atlanta Daily World, The Baltimore Afro-American, Cleveland Call & Post, The Norfolk Journal & Guide, and The Philadelphia Tribune.
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