Maryland History Collections

The Special Collections department collects materials of enduring historical and cultural value -- housing, preserving, and making accessible materials that are original, rare, unique, fragile, and archival. Our collections and staff support UMBC's research and educational mission and its dedication to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.





Research Guides

Special Collections and Reference have assembled several research guides about Maryland and Baltimore history:

Archival collections

Dorothy Howard papers, Collection 121

Ernest Kempe collection, Collection 25

Ferdinand C. Latrobe papers, Collection 4

Harold A. McDougall papers, Collection 99

Hugh Bolton Jones letters, Collection 20

Jason Pate collection, Collection 123

Joseph L. Arnold papers, Collection 111

Maryland Folklife Program records, Collection 116

Maryland Traditions records, Collection 120

O'Donnell family papers, Collection 100

Ola Belle Reed collection, Collection 122

Perry Hall Improvement Association records, Collection 2

Philip M. Wagner papers, Collection 1

Stabler family papers, Collection 27

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Baltimore Sun Archives

Special Collections maintains a growing Baltimore Sun archives which includes approximately 750,000 photographs, negatives, transperencies, and archival collections documenting the Sun's history dating to 1837.

Folklife Archives

Beginning in 2013, the UMBC Special Collections department began a partnership with Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program that is a part of the Maryland State Arts Council. ...

Publications

The nucleus of this 3,000 volume collection was purchased from the estate of the late Edward G. Howard. Included are a great number of 18th and 19th century accounts of travel through Maryland which are described in a printed catalogue, Next Stop Baltimore. Numerous local histories are represented as well. Books are catalogued and appear in the catalogusmai with the location name Special Collections - Howard. Following the unexpected death of Professor Joseph Arnold, noted Baltimore historian, in 2004 the collection was renamed the Arnold Collection in his honor. Works added thereafter appear in the catalog with the location name Special Collections--Arnold.

Photographs

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Maps

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Special Collections Services

  • Classroom instruction
  • Research help
  • Permissions
  • Reproductions
  • Digital Collection

Contact

Hours

  • Reading Room: Monday - Friday 1pm - 4pm
  • Thursday 1pm - 8pm
  • By appointment during Summer Term, Winter Term, and Intersession

  • Gallery: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
  • Thursday 10am - 8pm
  • Saturday - Sunday 12noon - 5pm

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Robert Gerle papers