The Greenbelt Archive Project (GAP) is a 501(c)(3) organization that was formed in April 2018 with a single limited-duration mission: to preserve the historical record encapsulated in the Greenbelt News Review and its predecessor, the Greenbelt Cooperator.
The current electronic archive, which was made from microfilm images of the paper, is often of poor quality and difficult to read or to search. The new digital archive will be made by scanning the original newsprint issues. The papers themselves are deteriorating, so the work must be done soon to preserve this record of Greenbelt’s development and history. Also, the collection is vulnerable because it is uniquely held by one organization, the Greenbelt News Review itself.
GAP is focused on plugging a critical gap in the historic record. Papers from 1937 to 1943 have already been digitized by University of Maryland Libraries under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Library of Congress’ National Digital Newspaper Program. Papers from 2002 forward are ‘born digital’, created electronically from the start. The gap lies between these two resources, extending from 1943 to 2002 – almost 60 of the 80+ years of continuous publication – and covering more than 3,000 issues. Our mission is to preserve these newspapers as a historical resource for historians, genealogists, students, and Greenbelt or Prince George's County residents and staff.
Completion of our mission will result in a higher quality, fully searchable digital archive that is held in multiple locations, including within one or more institutional archives that are charged with the responsibility for maintaining digitized versions into the future. University of Maryland Libraries is collaborating with GAP on this effort.
President: Mary Lou Williamson
Vice President: Sandra Lange
Secretary: Mary Sies
Treasurer: JoEllen Sarff
Ways and Means: Peggy Higgins
Project Coordinator: Deanna Dawson
Preservation Specialist: Anne Marigza
Administrator: Cathie Meetre
Community Volunteers: Kevin Fisher, Pragati Godbole, Frances & Allyn Hill, Elisabeth Kevorkian, Mike McLaughlin, Joe Miko, Elaine Nakash, Sandy Rodgers, Lynne Slater, Yu-Hsiu Wang
Digital Librarians: Robin Pike, Pam McClanahan
Digital Technician: Cecilia Franck, Master of Library & Information Science student