The Queen Anne’s County Library in Centreville has made it possible to view historical newspapers on your computer. The historical archives of the Bay Times and Record Observer are now accessible online.

A recent article  described the effort as “A marathon project of scanning and digitizing yellowing newspapers. Papers not already on microfilm were preserved before scanning, and most content was scanned directly from the microfilm rolls.

Explore the archives here

From the article:

The word Advantage in that link comes from Advantage Preservation, an Iowa firm that specializes in the preservation of historic documents.

The many stacks of newspapers that had been stored on shelves at the Centreville branch of the library were shipped to the company, which made both digital and microfilm versions to insure that more than one electronic source for the papers is available, Library Director John Walden said at the time the project began last spring. Once the papers were digitized, the originals were sent to the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis.

They hope to grow the online archive, and have identified additional newspapers targeted to be added as funding becomes available.

Those earlier papers exist on microfilm at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, which has agreed to make them available for digitization when the time comes.

In addition to the digital versions of the Bay Times and Record Observer, the library also has paper versions of an extensive series of indexes prepared by local resident Shirley Cahall.