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Baltimore Sun financial and selected labor records

The expanding Baltimore Sun archives now include the Baltimore Sun financial and selected labor records.


The collection ranges from the creation of the Sun in 1837 to 1986, and includes financial records and statements, guild correspondence, newsletters, and almost 150 ledger books. Much of the guild correspondence was addressed to or written by the famous H.L. Mencken, and several of the newsletters were Mencken’s personal copies. Among the many noteworthy items is the Sun’s very first financial ledger, which can be found with the Marylandia collection in the Special Collections Reading Room.

In addition to the library’s print and microfilm holdings of the newspaper itself, the UMBC Special Collections is home to a wide variety of Sun materials, including 750,000 images, records from Sun foreign bureaus, memorabilia, and the personal papers of both Harold A. Williams and Philip

Click here to see the Sun archives and related holdings.

Rehoused records and ledgers in archival storage area

A page in the first financial ledger for the Baltimore Sun, dated 1837