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Records Management

Guide to records management practices and requirements at the University of Maryland, College Park

Accessing and using university records

Members of the general public can access and use university records by conducting research in University Archives or submitting a Public Information Act request.

Research in University Archives

University Archives is part of Special Collections and University Archives in Hornbake Library. Use these resources to get started with your research.

Introductory resources

Request Onsite Use of Special Collections and University Archives explains how to search archival and other collections; how to sign up for a researcher account; how to make requests; and how to view material in the reading room.

Research Using Primary Sources is a guide to finding, identifying, interpreting, and citing primary sources.

University Archives Digital Collections is a guide to digitized, online content from University Archives.

Finding records

To determine whether a specific campus unit or type of record is represented in University Archives, search Archival Collections for the current and/or historical name of the unit.

Ask an archivist for help with planning research or finding records.

Submit a PIA request

University of Maryland records are subject to the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA), which gives the public the right to review and obtain copies of disclosable public records, except to the extent the records are protected from release because they fall within a recognized exemption to the law.

Public Information Requests are not appropriate for records housed in University Archives. See the Archival Research section of this guide for information on how to find and use archival records.

Learn more about the PIA:

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) manages PIA requests, provides resources for university units and requestors, and links to frequently requested material.