Der Deutsche Correspondent

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Der Deutsche Correspondent
A lithograph of a four story building on the corner of two streets. It has tall, narrow arched windows in pairs with considerable decoration and a mansard roof. The stone street is busy with people, including a trolly partly out of frame and a two horse carriage.
The Raine Building, publishing location of Der Deutsche Correspondent, at 8587 East Baltimore Street, the southwest corner of Baltimore Street and Post Office Avenue (now known as Customs House Avenue), Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1869, prior to the great 1904 fire[1]
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet
Founder(s)Frederick Raine
Founded1841 (1841)
Ceased publicationApril 28, 1918

Der Deutsche Correspondent was a German-language newspaper in Baltimore, Maryland. It was the most influential newspaper among Germans in Baltimore, lasting longer than any of the other German newspapers in Maryland.

History[edit]

Der Deutsche Correspondent was established in 1841 by Friedrich Raine, a member of a family of printers from Westphalia, Germany. Raine saw the need for a German-language newspaper in a city populated by a large number of Germans[2] and established the newspaper at the age of 19.[3] The paper started out with only eight subscribers, but circulation numbers climbed and quickly overtook two other German newspapers in Baltimore.[2] During the 1880s and 1890s, its circulation reached about 15,000. Initially started as a weekly, the newspaper grew and eventually became a daily paper in 1848.[3]

The paper closed April 28, 1918, due to anti-German sentiment resulting from World War I. After the Correspondent closed, many of its employees began to work at Bayrische Wochenblatt, a newspaper that had been published in Baltimore since 1880.[3] The two newspapers merged and became a German weekly, called the Baltimore Correspondent.[3]

Legacy[edit]

In 2009 The Maryland Historical Society received a grant from the Charles Edward Hilgenberg Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation to digitize Der Deutsche Correspondent.[4]

In March 2013 the University of Maryland Libraries announced that they would also be digitizing the Der Deutsche Correspondent.[5] The content digitized by the University of Maryland are available as part of the historic newspaper database Chronicling America at the Library of Congress.[6]

Translations and transcriptions[edit]

  • Ruppert, Gary B. The German Correspondent, Baltimore, Maryland: Translation and Transcription of Death Notices & Obituaries, 1879-1883 ISBN 9780788446023
  • Ruppert, Gary B. The German Correspondent, Baltimore, Maryland: Translation and Transcription of Marriages, Deaths and Selected Articles of Genealogical Interest, 1879-1883 ISBN 9780788446030

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Howard, George Washington (1873). The Monumental City: Its Past History and Present Resources. Baltimore, Md.: J.D. Ehlers & Co. Engravers and Steam Book Printers. p. 60. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Preserving a part of the city's German past". tribunedigital-baltimoresun. Retrieved 2016-05-03.
  3. ^ a b c d Cunz, Dieter (1948). The Maryland Germans: A History. Princeton University Press.
  4. ^ "Resurrecting Print: The Hilgenberg Archive". MdHS Hilgenberg Archive's Blog. Maryland Historical Society. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Maryland joins national effort to digitize historic newspapers". University Libraries. University Libraries, UMD. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Results: Digitized Newspapers". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 20 August 2014.

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