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Historic Preservation

Resources available at the University of Maryland Libraries related to the study of historic preservation and related topics.

Image Databases / Online Collections

Blueprints / Building Plans

Many times, the documentation from a particular architect's office has been lost or is maintained internally or by the family.  Sometimes it will make its way into a library collection.

If you're searching Google, try something like "architectural drawings collection site:.edu" to pick up archival collections at various universities.

Reference Books

  • Kreisel, Martha.  Photography books index III: a subject guide to photo anthologies.  Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006.
    TR199 .M67 2006
    Art Library Reference

Subject Headings

Use these to search the library catalog more efficiently and effectively - enter them in the "Subject beginning with" drop-down in the UMD catalog or the "Subject" field of the advanced search in any library catalog.

Try some of these for images and maps:

Photographs --Catalogs

Photographs -- [any geographic location]

[any geographic location] -- Pictorial works

[any geographic location] -- Maps

Newspaper/Magazine Photos

Although many of these photographs remain under copyright, the "photo morgues" of newspapers and magazine sometimes make their way into libraries and can be a great resource.  Some are online, and some are close by!

UMD's Map Collections

UMD's map collections are in three locations: Hornbake Library/Maryland Room (Maryland maps), McKeldin Library 4th floor (government maps) and online (databases).

Map Databases

Online Map Collections

Reference Books (Cartobibliographies)