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Collection Baltimore Sun financial and selected labor records
Call Number Coll034
Creator Baltimore Sun Co.
Finding Aids Finding aid available.
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Date 1837-1986
Description 168 boxes (79 linear feet)
Scope & Content Contains information pertaining to Baltimore Sun finances and Baltimore Newspaper Guild relations. Financial materials include monthly statements, treasurer's reports, tax and payroll records, financial correspondence, and transactional files in both loose and ledger formats. Among the Guild materials are correspondence, meeting minutes, and documents from the Sun and Guild negotiations. Also contained in this collection are Guild newsletters, many of which were the personal copies of H.L. Mencken. Also present are legal documents, specifications for the Calvert Street plant, materials related to the Evening Sun, and radio and television documents.
Language English (eng)
Admin/Biographical History The Newspaper Guild earned representation at the Baltimore Sun in 1938, but contract negotiations were not settled until 1949. H.L. Mencken served as the Sun's liaison to the Guild from 1941-1948. By the mid 1960s the Washington and Baltimore Guilds were working together and eventually merged to create the still active Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild.
Arrangement Organized into twelve series: Series I. Financial statements and reports, 1904-1962, 1985. Series II. Transactional files, 1899-1942. Series III. Tax records, 1914-1962. Series IV. Payroll and wages, 1936, 1941. Series V. Financial correspondence, 1856-1963. Series VI. Sun executives and Newspaper Guild meeting minutes, 1941. Series VII. Newspaper Guild correspondence, 1934-1942. Series VIII. Newspaper Guild publications, 1934-1944. Series IX. Legal documents, 1910-1944. Series X. Calvert Street plant construction, 1946-1955, 1964-1966. Series XI. Radio and television, 1981-1986. Series XII. Ledgers, 1837-1980.
Access Conditions No restrictions.
Copyrights Copyright maintained by Baltimore Sun.
Citation Baltimore Sun financial and selected labor records, Baltimore Sun Archives, Collection 34, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).
Provenance and Aquisition Information The collection was received from the Tribune Company in 2002. Arrangements were made with Sandy Levy, the Sun Librarian, to retrieve the records scheduled for destruction and the UMBC Collections Management staff packed materials and transported everything to UMBC. The items were in no particular order when retrieved from Sun offices. Physical property rights were transferred to UMBC but intellectual copyright is still maintained by the Sun.
Processing Information A preliminary inventory of the collection was compiled by student assistant Adam Cohen in 2006. The ledgers were separated from the rest of the collection and many of the books, which were moldy when received, were cleaned. All ledgers were eventually housed in phase or flat boxes. Materials were divided into twelve series based on subject or type of document, though when possible the original organization of items in folders and folder titles were maintained. Initial processing was performed by Adam Cohen and graduate assistant Andrea Shahmohammadi. Processing was completed and finding aid was written by graduate assistant Amy Ciesielski in Spring 2009 under the supervision of Special Collections Archivist Lindsey Loeper.
Archivist Loeper, Lindsey
Format records (documents)
People Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956;
Newspaper Guild;
Baltimore Sun Co.;
Subjects Baltimore (Md.) -- Newspapers;
Baltimore (Md.);
Baltimore sun;
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956;
Newspaper Guild;
Year Range from 1837
Year Range to 1986