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Agriculture in Maryland: Resources in Special Collections

This guide will recommend rich primary and secondary sources useful to scholars who wish to explore this history in more detail and navigate the rich resources available to study the history of agriculture in Maryland, from early farming activities, to th

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Bibliographies

Bibliography of Maryland Agriculture: 1820-1945

As part of the National Program for the Preservation of Agricultural Literature (NPPAL), staff at the University of Maryland Libraries have compiled a bibliography of the literature of agriculture and rural life in Maryland, published from 1820 through 1945.

Riversdale Bookshelf: Recreating the Library of the Calvert Family, 1803-1838

Riversdale Mansion is an early nineteenth-century house located approximately six miles north of Washington, D.C., between Hyattsville and College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland. Riversdale was home to two generations of Calverts, descendants of Maryland's founding family. George and his Belgian-born wife, Rosalie, moved into the mansion in 1803. Their son, Charles Benedict Calvert, also made Riversdale his home and turned the plantation into an agricultural showcase. 

To compliment the mansion's restored library, this project identifies reading materials that George and Rosalie Calvert may have read while living at Riversdale from 1803 to 1838.

Maryland History and Culture Bibliography

The Maryland History and Culture Bibliography is based on the annual bibliography of Maryand history sources that appears in the Maryland Historical Magazine. Citations in the bibliography largely date from the mid-1970s through 2008; works pre-dating this period were drawn from the first bibliography in the series, which was published in 1973. Some of these articles were published in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but coverage is spotty for these earlier years until citations were gathered more systematically, beginning in 1974.

Agriculture in Maryland subsection of the Maryland History and Culture Bibliography

Photographs

Photographs can be found in the UMD Libraries collections by searching our Archival Collections at the top of this page or by searching the collections listed below. 

National Agriculture Library, US Department of Agriculture

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

Library of Congress