Digitization, structural data cataloguing, full-text capture and online provision of the Münchner Neueste Nachrichten (1875 – 1932)

FundingGerman Research Foundation (DFG)
Project term01/11/2019 – 31/05/2022
Contact addresszeitungen@bsb-muenchen.de

The objectives of the project are to digitize the Münchner Neueste Nachrichten, the precursor newspaper of today’s Süddeutsche Zeitung, to catalogue the structural data, capture the issues in full-text mode and make them available online. All issues published consecutively from 1876 to 1932 will be digitized. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek already holds digital copies of the issues published in the period from 1848 to 1875.

The newspaper "Münchner Neueste Nachrichten" was published from 1848 to 1945, if with changing names. The newspaper quickly developed into the leading, most widely-read daily newspaper of the southern German region, thus constituting a central historical source.

Widely known editors and journalists, such as Fritz Gerlich, Eugen Roth, Fritz Büchner or also Paul Nikolaus Cossmann, underline the importance of the Münchner Neueste Nachrichten, particularly also at the time of the Weimar Republic. However, also with respect to the period before the First World War, the newspaper, with a significantly more liberal attitude at the time, offers insights into supraregionally perceived patterns of interpretation, such as the Kulturkampf, the conflict between civil government and religious authorities, or also the time immediately preceding the war.

The digitization of this title makes an important contribution to forming a digital cross section of the diverse historical newspaper landscape of Germany.

Once the digitization has been concluded, the title will be made available via digiPress. digiPress is the central newspaper portal of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, providing access to over 1,000 newspaper titles from the 17th to the 20th century.