The preparation of this resource guide was made possible by assistance of
At the Riversdale Historic House Museum, Edward
Day, Director, and Jill St. John, Registrar, shared their enthusiasm and
materials on Charles Benedict Calvert.
Thomas Mann, Reference Librarian
at the Library of Congress, provided an excellent introduction to its vast
holdings and mapped out a plan for my work at LOC.
Manuscripts Cataloger in the Special Collections Department of the University of
Virginia Library, provided copies of documents relevant to Calvert’s study there
and background information on the early history of that institution. James
Cross, Special Collections Librarian at Clemson University, not only identified
and sent copies of previously undiscovered letters from Charlotte Calvert; he
helped decipher them as well.
Susan Pearl, Historian, made significant
contributions to complete the document. It would have been a much lesser work
without her help.
At the National Agricultural Library, Rebecca Mazur,
Reference Librarian, escorted me into the stacks and enjoyed the agricultural
journal hunt as much as I did. Sara Lee, Librarian, Special Collections, also
Pat McMillan, Maryland State Archives, saved me
hours of time with quick and sure answers. Robert Barnes showed me the ropes
On my numerous visits to the Enoch Pratt Free Library Maryland
Room in Baltimore, Jeff Korman and his staff were helpful and thorough — as they
Beatriz Hardy, Director of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library at
the Maryland Historical Society, provided an orientation to its holdings and
Elisabeth Proffen, Special Collections librarian, aided my research.
the College Park campus, Whitman H. Ridgway, Associate Professor, pointed me in
the direction of the Freedmen & Southern Society Project, and Leslie S.
Rowland allowed me to review the project’s index of materials from the National
Dr. George H. Callcott, Professor Emeritus, provided me with
many fruits of his previous research labor on Calvert and identified several
important directions for future research.
Leigh Ryan, Director of the
Writing Project, graciously shared her work and resources on many aspects of
At the University of Maryland Archives &
Manuscripts Department, Jennifer Evans got me started nearly two years ago.
Elizabeth McAllister kept her eye open for treasures in the archives. The
editing team of Ruth Alvarez, Jennie Levine, and Suzanne Linebaugh kept me
honest and consistent. Ann Hudak helped me figure out where we might put some of
the documents; Doug McElrath straightened out the newspapers. And Ann Hanlon
gracefully met the challenge of preparing the document for the web.
of all, I’d like to thank Anne Turkos, University Archivist, who guided and
encouraged me even as she wielded her mighty red pen. Her love for the
University of Maryland is truly infectious! I am grateful for the opportunity to
make a contribution to the recognition of the university's 150th Anniversary and
of Charles Benedict Calvert’s role in its history.