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Researching Historic Houses

A guide to the process and resources for researching historic properties in Maryland.

Resources for getting started

There are numerous books and pamphlets that explain the process of historic house research, the particulars of architecture and style, and how to understand the documents used in this research. This page provides a guide to some of the best resources out there, as well as sources specifically related to the architecture of Maryland.


Sources about the Research Process

Other Helpful Publications

Researching a Historic Property.
O'Donnell, Eleanor.
Washington, D.C.: National Register Bulletin #39, 1991.
Location: UMCP McKeldin Library Government Documents
UMCP HBK Maryland Room National Trust Library Folio
Call Number: E159.N25 no. 39
Online:Researching A Historic Property

Piecing Together Your House's History.
Washington, D.C.: Preservation News, February 1989, pp. 16, 24
Location: UMCP HBK Maryland Room National Trust Library Periodicals Stacks
Tracing the Origin of Spaces: Owner Sleuths Uncover the History Behind Their Homes
Rupar, Terri.
Washington Post, pg. F01, Saturday, November 19, 2005.
Online: Tracing the Origin of Spaces