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Project Acknowledgements

The preparation of this resource guide was made possible by assistance of numerous individuals.

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.

Anne Southwell, 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 provided assistance.

Pat McMillan, Maryland State Archives, saved me hours of time with quick and sure answers. Robert Barnes showed me the ropes there.

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 always are.

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.

On 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 Archives.

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 Riversdale history.

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.

Most 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.

Malissa Ruffner
June 2005