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Archival Research at the University of Maryland
Archives collect, manage, and preserve the records of people and/or organizations. These records are usually, but not always, composed of primary source materials, and are often historic, rare, and valuable. Because of this, materials at archives and special collections are much different than materials at libraries, and can therefore not be checked out. This also means that different rules apply for using archives and special collections.
Researchers of all kinds are welcome at Special Collections and University Archives! Please see our Maryland Room policies and procedures before visiting.
Once at the Maryland Room, you can use many different sources for research. At Special Collections and University Archives these include historical manuscripts, literary manuscripts, Maryland maps, National Trust Library Collection, rare books, and university archives.
Archival and manuscript collections are described using finding aids--these are indexes to the materials within collections, and can contain a listing of folders, biographical information about the collection, and a description of how the collection is arranged.
It may also be helpful to contact us before your visit. We'd love to help you discover more about our collections and aid you in your research!