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Civil Rights Movement in Maryland

A guide to resources on the Civil Rights Movement in Maryland using materials from the University of Maryland Special Collections in Hornbake Library.

The Civil Rights Movement in Maryland

Welcome to the Maryland Room Guide to the Civil Rights Movement in Maryland

This guide serves as an introduction to researching the history of Civil Rights Movement in Maryland.  Topics include school desegregation, riots and demonstrations, and civil rights activism within Maryland. This guide highlights primary and secondary sources available in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library, as well as additional online resources.  

The resources covered in this guide are taken primarily from Special Collections at the University of Maryland.  These materials can be accessed in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library.   It highlights primary and secondary sources available in the Special Collections in Hornbake Library, as well as additional online resources.  

The search strategies and resources discussed may also serve as starting point for researching broader topics related to civil rights in the United States.  Additional materials on the civil rights movement in Maryland and beyond are located in the general collections in McKeldin Library, are searched using the UMD online catalog.

Image: Integrationists march in a picket line outside Five Oaks Swimming Pool in Catonsville, MD in 1963.  Credit: Baltimore News American Photograph Collection, Box 132, Folder 9, Image 12

Getting Started

Use the tabs at the top of navigate to browse the variety of topics and resources featured in this guide, or follow the links below to begin your research.

  • Searching the Catalog: Information about how to locate books and other materials using the UMD online catalog, including a list of suggested subject headings. 
  • Books by Topic: A list of books on various topics related to the Civil Rights Movement in Maryland, including general histories, segregation/desegregation, and civil rights advocates. 
  • Primary Sources: Contains information locating and using about primary sources related to the Civil Rights Movement in Maryland, such as newspapers, pamphets, reports, and photographs.
  • Archives and Manuscripts: Information about locating and using archival collections available in the Maryland Room.  These materials are also a great source for primary resources related to the Civil Rights Movement in Maryland.
  • Online Resources: A list of website and ResearchPort databases that can be used to locate additional information on the Civil Rights Movement in Maryland.  Also contains information about using Digital Collections at the University of Maryland.
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