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Newspapers/Journals:
Note that the single best comprehensive view of newspapers published in Baltimore City is the Guide to Newspapers at the Maryland State Archives.

  • Baltimore Afro-American
    Indexed from 10/92 until present by  Ethnic Newswatch and is available at all the branches of the Pratt Library or from a home computer with library card access.  Based in Baltimore with a regional edition in Washington, D.C., the Afro-Americanis one of the oldest African American publications still publishing. For the period from its founding to 1988, use the access provided by the Pratt Library to historical newspapers:

    • Baltimore Afro-American – Historical Newspaper (1893-1988)
    • The Baltimore Afro-American was one of the most widely circulated African American newspapers. The paper’s contributors have included writer Langston Hughes, intellectual J. Sunders Redding, artist Romare Beardon, and sports editor Sam Lacy.  To see Baltimore history unfold, start here. Provided by ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
    • In order to access all the card accessible databases, please type your library card id number:
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  • The Baltimore City Paper (1998- )
  • Baltimore Jewish Times
    Indexed from 1991-present by  Ethnic Newswatch and is available at all the branches of the Pratt Library or from a home computer with library card access. The Baltimore Jewish Times is Baltimore’s oldest and largest Jewish publication.
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • The Baltimore Sun: The Baltimore Sun is available at the Pratt LIbrary through ProQuestwhich has a full text search of most newspaper articles dating back to September, 1990.

    (Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card). The most convenient on-line access to the Baltimore Sun is currently available from the Baltimore County Public Library if you have library card:

    Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper: 1893 – 1988 (Login required – click here)

    Founded by former slave John Henry Murphy Sr. when he merged three church publications, The Baltimore Afro-American became one of the most widely circulated African-American newspapers on the Atlantic Coast. In addition to featuring the first black female reporter (Murphy’s daughter) and female sportswriters, the paper’s contributors have included writer Langston Hughes, intellectual J. Saunders Redding, artist Romare Bearden, and sports editor Sam Lacy, whose column influenced the desegregation of professional sports.
    Baltimore Sun: 1837 – 1985 (Login required – click here)

    Founded by Arunah Shepherdson Abell as a paper devoted to the news that most directly affected the lives of its readers, The Baltimore Sun’s history is among the most distinguished in American journalism. It represented this bustling port city by reporting on pivotal issues and events of the 19th and early 20th centuries: immigration, the slave trade, commerce, the Civil War, Washington D.C. politics (The Baltimore Sun began publishing 40 years before the Washington Post), Americana, and literature. H.L. Mencken, the “Sage of Baltimore,” and one of the most influential American writers of the early 20th century, wrote for this renowned newspaper.
    Baltimore Sun: 1990 – Current (Login required – click here)

    Search the latest issues of Maryland’s paper of record. Full text (but not images) are available.
    Baltimore Sun and Afro-American Combined Search (Historic) (Login required – click here)

    The historic collection includes digital (PDF) images of the full papers including headlines, articles, classifieds (including death notices) etc.
  • The Maryland Historical Magazine (1906-2006)
  • Television Web sites (listings and hyperlinks available in Wikipedia)
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