Special Collections in Hornbake Library at University of Maryland house personal papers and manuscript collections documenting all aspects of Maryland history and culture. Numerous collections relate to slavery and plantation life in Maryland before the civil war.
The pages listed under the Archives and Manuscripts section of this guide link to three ArchivesUM guides that describe collections related to pre-civil war and African American history.
To find documents from archival collections, browse the various collection decriptions to identify materials that cover your area of interest. Then, click on the finding aid link for a more detailed look at the type of materials included in the collection, the scope of the dates covered, and a general inventory of boxes and/or folders. Archival collections can be requested in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library.
Some notable collections include:
Select archival and special collection materials have been digitized and made available online through the Digital Collection @ the University of Maryland, a searchable digital repository of scanned materials from the University of Maryland's libraries.
Use the search box on the homepage to search collection by keywords. For example, typing "slavery Maryland" in the search box will retrieve materials realted to slavery in Maryland.
Below is a list of archival collections that are available, primarily on microfilm, from the Maryland Collection.