Monday, May 31, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Maryland

This is the 21st post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.

Archives of Maryland Online - - broken down in to the following categories: City Directories (Annapolis and Baltimore); Codes, Compilations of Laws, Rules and Regulations; Constitutional Records; Early State Records; Executive Records; Fiscal Records; Judicial Records; Land Records; Legislative Records; Maryland Manual (Archives of Maryland publication); Military Records; Probate Records; Session Laws; Slavery Commission; and newspapers, maps, history, and more. This site is difficult to search and scroll through records, so much patience is required!

Maryland Digital Cultural Heritage - - a collaborative effort between libraries, academic institutions, genealogical and historical societies, and museums highlighting photos, maps, documents, diaries, letters, and other items of Maryland History

Maryland Historic Trust - - from the Maryland Department of Planning; check out the Maryland inventory of Historic Properties, and explore local historic districts, historical markers, cemeteries and monuments, and living tradtions and oral history from your ancestors' communities.

Maryland Historical Society - - Eubie Black Collection, Star-Spangled Banner Sheet Music Collection, Obsolete Currency, Cross Section of Photograph Collection (a selection from the 800,000 photos owned by MHS and sorted by subject), Painting collection (more than 1,500 images dating from the 17th century to the present), Maryland Historical Magazine tables of contents (or access to online editions for MHS members).  It is recommended that you click on the Library link and then explore the following Collections Overview and Digital Resources links. You can also check out the Maryland Memory Project here (

Maryland State Archives - - while this site has some overlap with the Archives of Maryland Online (access to Maryland Manual, for instance), from this web page, one can access Maryland death records, land records, the state museum, (must subscribe via e-mail), the Special Collections, order digital images from the Archives, and search the Underground Railroad Database.

SAILOR - Maryland's Public Information Network; Maryland Digital Collections - - a search engine of a wide variety of digital collections from various institutions


College of Southern Maryland - Southern Maryland Studies Center - - although there is not a lot of resources online, there are some photos from the Headen Collection available for viewing, as well as lists of finding aids.

Johns Hopkins University Digital Projects - - from the Sheridan Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Collections; includes the Baltimore Architecture Project, the James Birney Anti-Slavery Collection, Laurence Hall Fowler's Lost Baltimore, and more

Towson University Digital Collections - - photos and student newspapers; you can also access a chronology of the university and the biographies of the university presidents here (

University of Maryland, Baltimore County - - Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery Digital Collections - - photos, newpapers, Civil War Collection, theses and dissertations

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore - Frederick Douglass Library - - historic images of UMES

University of Maryland University Libraries Digital Collections - - from the University archives to  the National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection to the Sterling Family Papers to the Jim Henson Collection, there is something here for everyone!


Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Historical Society Archives and Web Exhibitions - - if your ancestors lived in an area that was served by the B&O, you may want to check out these online documents and maps to see how the railroad affected their lives

Baltimore County Public Library - Baltimore County History - - This page has a number of great history and genealogy links for anyone with Baltimore County roots. Be sure to check out the Baltimore County Legacy Web (, where you can do a search of the collection of digitized images.

Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture - - Delmarva stands for the area where DELaware, MARyland and VirginiA come together. This site features student research, local heritage, and family history highlighting the Delmarva history and culture. Included are digital collections.

Enoch Pratt Free Library Digital Collections - - a variety of collections; of particular interest to historians and genealogists are the Burnt District Reports, the Baltimore Fire of 1904, Mapping Maryland's Counties, Prominent Marylanders, Slave Documents Collections, Views of African American Life in Maryland, and the Works Progress Administration of Maryland.

Howard County Marriage Records Index -

Jewish Museum of Maryland Collections & Research - - in the Family History & Genealogy section of this website, there is access to "Maryland's most extensive listing of Jewish cemetery burials and other on-line resources". You can also search the collections as well as browse random images and online exhibitions, and visit the Timeline of Baltimore Jewry.

Montgomery County Historical Society - - genealogy club newsletter, links to digital images of aerial photos of Montgomery County, history, and online exhibits

Talbot County Free Library's Local and Genealogical Special Collections (Maryland Room) - - a nice small online collection of photos, documents, postcards, maps, historic sites, local history narratives, plus a description of genealogical holdings

Washington County Free Library Genealogy Databases - - obituary locator (1790-2007), historic Newspaper Index, marriage, school, church, and cemetery records, plus links to other sites with area records

WHILBR - Western Maryland's Historical Library - - featuring images, documents, newspaper articles, books (city/county directories) and more from Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties

Check out my Maryland Online Historical Directories and Maryland Online Historical Newspapers pages.

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