I am pleased to announce the completion of the digitisation of the 1844-1863 series of The Baptist Reporter. As far as I am aware only 8 of the 19 volumes in this series have previously been made available online. I am in the process of adding a table of contents for each volume, which show some of the interesting material they contain, such as highlights in the ministries of the missionary-abolitionist William Knibb in Jamaica and Charles Haddon Spurgeon in London. In short, this series of magazines provide a unique window into worldwide Baptist ministry that has not been widely available for over 150 years. It should therefore be of great interest to church historians of the mid-Nineteenth Century.
The project represents the first test of my new bespoke overhead scanning equipment. This includes a 108 megapixel camera, which was able to capture the pages a resolution of over 1,050 dots per inch (dpi). The processed images have been uploaded at 600dpi rather than the usual 300dpi on this website. If, in the future, a higher resolution is required then this can be provided using the photographs I now have on file, rather than by re-scanning these extremely old and delicate magazines. In order to cover the costs of this equipment, which includes a mobile phone (= the camera), lighting and increased computer storage to store the larger images produced, I have been running a Go Fund Me Campaign. Click here if you would like to support this campaign.
These digitised volumes were digitised from the copies of The Baptist Reporter held in Spurgeon’s College library.