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HIST 208V: Metropolitan Environmental History

This guide is to help students in HIST 208V and those studying metropolitan environmental history find and use primary sources for their research paper.

Using these collections

Using Special Collections and University Archives

Materials held in the UMD Special Collections and University Archives can be accessed by visiting the Maryland Room in the Hornbake Library. Because these materials are rare and often fragile the Maryland Room has policies about what can be brought in with you when researching. 

Before arriving to the Maryland Room, consider setting up a user account. This will allow you to request materials in advance of your visit so that they are waiting for you upon arrival.

Check out the following pages about what to expect on your first visit  and to get more information on using special collections and archival material.

Welcome HIST 208V

Getting Started

This guide will help you locate primary sources and use them in your research paper. 

The guide for Research Using Primary Sources will help you answer questions such as:

In this guide you will learn about the following resources:

National Trust Library

National Trust Library

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection is the largest and most comprehensive concentration of preservation materials in the United States. The collection covers subjects related to historic preservation such as archaeology, law, public policy, education, planning, landscape architecture, and more.

Click "Classic Catalog"


Select "Advanced Search" 

Change the location to "National Trust Library"

Requesting Material in the National Trust Library

Materials in the NTL collection can only be used in the Maryland Room in the Hornbake Library.

Tip: Sometimes the Architecture Library has copies of material held in the NTL collection. Typically these books in the Architecture Library can be checked out to students 

Click on the title

Click "Request from Special Collections" 

Other useful collections

Sanborn Maps

Maryland Sanborn Fire Insurance maps are available in print in the Maryland Room on the first floor of Hornbake Library. Sanborn maps for Washington, DC (which also include Maryland suburban locations) may also be found there.

Digital Sanborn Maps

The library also has access to digital Sanborn Fire Insurance maps of regions all over the country from 1867-1970.

Collections in the Archives

For any questions or assistance with locating archival materials, contact us.

Electronic Resources


Additional databases in the Maryland and the Environment Guide

Online Resources

Additional resources in the Maryland and the Environment Guide

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