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Tips for locating materials in Special Collections and University Archives. Contact us at any point in your research process for help finding the right resource for you.

Books/periodicals/magazines

The vast majority of our books, periodicals and magazines can be found by searching the catalog. Collections of books may also be found in ArchivesUM, along with periodicals and magazines that are part of archival and manuscript collections.

Some of our books, periodicals and magazines have been digitized and can be found in one of the following databases:

  • Internet Archive - We contribute our unique and rare materials to this "Internet library." In addition to the material we contribute, you can find other institutions' digitized materials in this huge repository.
  • Digital Collections - These collections include original photographs, correspondence, publications, literary manuscripts, digital videos, and other formats, as well as theme-based bibliographies.
  • HathiTrust - A partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Archives/manuscripts

Most of our archives and manuscripts are described in ArchivesUM. Because this is not a complete list of our holdings, please contact us even after you feel you have exhausted your search. You never know what our subject experts might be able to find to suit your research needs. Many resources can also be found in Research Port where you can find databases to search historic newspapers and other primary sources.

Some of our archives, manuscripts and oral histories have been digitized and can be found using one of the following databases:

  • Internet Archive - We contribute our unique and rare materials to this "Internet library." In addition to the material we contribute, you can find other institutions' digitized materials in this huge repository.
  • Digital Collections - These collections include original photographs, correspondence, publications, literary manuscripts, digital videos, and other formats, as well as theme-based bibliographies.
  • Archive-It - The leading web archiving service for collecting and accessing cultural heritage on the web.

Maps

Most maps can be found using the Map Database but a few are also findable within the catalog. Use the following links to browse map holdings and contact us with any questions.

  • Map database - A comprehensive collection of more than 2,500 maps depicting Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay, and the surrounding region from 1590 to the present.
  • Sanborn maps of Maryland and Washington, D.C. - These maps provide us with a detailed understanding of the physical make up of these cities and towns, and give us insight into the existing social, political, and economic conditions in specific places and times.
  • Research guide - A guide to the variety of map holdings within Special Collections and University Archives.

Photographs

Many of our photographs can be found by searching ArchivesUM. A small portion of our photographs have been digitized and deposited within Digital Collections. Because not all photograph holdings are described using these tools, please contact us to learn more about how our photographs might meet your research needs.

Audiovisual

Audiovisual holdings can be found by searching ArchivesUM. A small portion of our audiovisual materials have been digitized and deposited within Digital Collections. Because not all audiovisual materials are described using these tools, please contact us to learn more about how our photographs might meet your research needs.