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Maryland Gazette Collection

Collection Dates: 1728-1839
Collection Description: Newspaper, Maryland Gazette
Collection History: (Annapolis, Anne Arundel County: Printed by W. Parks, 1727-1734; Printed by Jonas Green and William Rind, 1758-1765; Printed by Jonas Green, 1765-1767; Printed by Anne C. Green, 1767; Printed by Anne C. and William Green, 1768-1770; Printed by Anne C. Green, 1770-1771; Printed by Anne C. Green and Son, 1772-1775; Printed by Frederick Green, 1776-1777; Printed by Frederick and Samuel Green, 1779-1811; Printed by Jonas Green, 1811-1839)

The Maryland Gazette began publication in September 1727 and ceased with the November 29, 1734 issue (MSA SC 2853). It was published weekly. Title history based in part on December 3 to December 10, 1728 [no. 65]. It was published as the Maryland Gazette, September 19, 1727-March 1731; the Maryland Gazette Reviv'd, December 1732-March 1733; and the Maryland Gazette, between March 23 and April 13, 1733. Publication was suspended from March 1731 until December 1732.

Publication of the Maryland Gazette resumed on January 1, 1745 (MSA SC 2731). It was published as the Maryland Gazette, January 17, 1745-October 3, 1765; the Maryland Gazette, Expiring, October 1, 1765; the Maryland Gazette, Reviving, January 30, 1766; the Maryland Gazette, Revived, February 20, 1766; and the Maryland Gazette, March 6, 1766-after 1800. Issue for April 26, 1745 also called no. 1. Publication was suspended October 31, 1765 due to Stamp Act and resumed January 30, 1766. The last numbered issue published prior to suspension was October 10, 1765 [no. 1066] followed by three unnumbered supplements (October 17, 24, 31), and a special issue on December 10 entitled Apparition of the late Maryland Gazette, which is not dead, but only sleepeth. No issues were published February 6-14, 27, 1766. Publication was suspended again December 25, 1777-April 30, 1779. The newspaper was continued by the Maryland Gazette and Political Intelligencer, 1813-1824 (MSA SC 3403). The paper was called the Maryland Gazette and State Register, 1824-1826 (MSA SC 3428), until resuming use of the Maryland Gazette on January 4, 1827. Publication ceased December 12, 1839.

For more information on the history of the Maryland Gazette and printing in Maryland, please see: Lawrence C. Wroth. A History of Printing in Colonial Maryland: 1686-1776. (Baltimore: Typothetae of Baltimore, 1922), Archives of Maryland Online Volume 435.

For abstracts, see: Robert W. Barnes, Gleanings from Maryland Newspapers 1776-1785 (Lutherville, MD: Bettie Carothers, 1975); Robert W. Barnes, Gleanings from Maryland Newspapers 1786-1790 (Silver Spring, MD: Family Line Publications, 1975); Robert Barnes, Gleanings from Maryland Newspapers 1791-1795 (Lutherville, MD: Bettie Carothers, 1976); Robert Barnes, Marriages and Deaths from the Maryland Gazette, 1727-1839 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1979); Karen Mauer Green, Maryland Gazette Genealogical and Historical Abstracts 1727-1761 (Galveston, TX: The Frontier Press, 1989); Effie L. Henry, comp., Extracts from the Maryland Gazette [1730-1790] [Washington?, DC: 1936?] [LC call no.: F180 .H47].

For index, see MARYLAND INDEXES (Maryland Gazette, Annapolis Items, Index) 1745-1820 S1456. 

For a complete inventory of the Maryland Gazette collections (MSA SC 2853, SC 2731, SC 3403, SC 3428, and SC 3447) please see the Guide to Maryland Newspapers. The Maryland State Archives owns two microfilm collections containing images of the Maryland Gazette Collection from 1745-1839.  The first collection of Maryland Gazette microfilm was filmed by the Yale University Library between 1938 and 1940.  The Yale film, reels M1 through M25, is old and incomplete and the images are not very legible.  The second collection was filmed by Atlantic Microfilm Corporation in 1970, and comprises reel M1278 through M1291; the resulting images from this collection are much clearer than those found on the earlier reels.

Images available online:
MSA Microfilm

M1007 December 3, 1728 - July 22, 1729
M1278 January 17, 1745 - December 25, 1751
M1279 January 2, 1752 - October 19, 1758
October 26, 1758 - October 31, 1765 and December 10, 1765
January 30, 1766 - December 26, 1771
January 9, 1772 - September 10, 1779
September 17, 1779 - June 28, 1787
July 5, 1787 - December 25, 1794
M1285 January 1, 1795 - December 29, 1803
M1286 January 1, 1804 - December 27, 1810
M1287 January 2, 1811 - December 19, 1816
M1288 January 2, 1817 - December 26, 1822
M1289 January 2, 1823 - December 25, 1828
M1290 January 1, 1829 - December 31, 1835
M1291 January 7, 1836 - December 18, 1839

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