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Chesapeake Bay: Resources in Special Collections   Tags: maryland, special collections  

A guide to Special Collection resources on the Chesapeake Bay
Last Updated: Mar 15, 2013 URL: http://lib.guides.umd.edu/chesapeakebay Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Researching the Chesapeake Bay

 Welcome to the Maryland Room Guide to the Chesapeake Bay

This guide provides an introduction to researching topics associated with the Chesapeake Bay region.  These resources cover a variety of subjects, including environmental issues, history, navigation, and culture of the Bay region.  An extensive list of online resources, including websites for the various Chesapeake Bay organizations and foundations, is also provided.
The materials in this guide are primarily available 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.  However, the search strategies and subject headings used can be used to locate additional materials available in McKeldin Library in the UMD online catalog.

Getting Started

There are several places you can go to begin your research on the Chesapeake Bay.  Use the links below to view specific resources and topics, or browse the guide using the tabs at the top if the page.

  • Ecology and the Environment: An introduction to locating environmental resources on the Chesapeake Bay. Includes a list of suggested subject headings.
  • Navigation and HistoryAn introduction to locating resources on the history and navigation of the Chesapeake Bay.  Includes a list of suggested subject headings.
  • Society and CultureAn introduction to locating resources on the society and culture of the Chesapeake Bay, including novels set on the Bay and pictorial works.  Also with a list of suggested subject headings. 
  • Maps: Information about searching for maps of the Chesapeake Bay region.
  • PhotographsAn overview of searching for photographs of the Chesapeake Bay using the Baltimore News American Photograph Collection.
  • Online ResourcesA list of online resources, databases, and digitized collections pertaining to the Chesapeake Bay.  Includes a list of websites for various Chesapeake Bay organizations and environmental programs.  

The Maryland Room

The Maryland Room is located on the first floor of Hornbake Library and provides access to many of the University's Special Collections, including the Rare Books, Historical Manuscripts, and the Maryland Collection.

The Maryland Room is open to University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff; faculty, students, and staff from other colleges and universities; local, national, and international scholars; and members of the general public.

Materials accessed in the Maryland Room are only available to view in the reading room, and do not circulate.  For directions, hours, and other information, please visit the Maryland Room homepage.  

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