Scope and Content of Collection
The Baltimore News American Collection consists of materials that document the history of the News American and its predecessors. The collection dates from circa 1773-2006 with the bulk of material dating between 1923 and 1986. It includes photographic materials, newspaper clippings, library files, correspondence, scrapbooks, unpublished and published manuscripts, editorial style guides, subscriber materials, an oral history, employee newsletters, maps, original newspapers, ephemera, and memorabilia. Prominent individuals documented in the collection include H.L. Mencken, Frank A. Munsey, R. P. Hariss, William Randolph Hearst, Sr., William Randolph Hearst, Jr., Millicent Hearst (wife of William Randolph Hearst, Sr.,) and John Steadman. Additional materials of interest include information about the News American's Bicentennial Celebration, women journalists, the demise of the News American, and the different buildings that the newspapers' printing and reporting divisions occupied. Some of the scrapbooks that date from the 1930's to the 1940's contain commentary from William Randolph Hearst, Sr., and his editorial staff.