Featured Collections

Richard TilghmanLloyd Papers and Tilghman Family Papers

These collections traces the evolution of two major American families, the Lloyds and the Tilghmans, and offers valuable insights into the early history of Maryland's Eastern Shore. The Lloyd Papers, MS 2001, contain more than thirty thousand items, which span two hundred and fifty years. The Tilghman Family Papers, MS 2600, spans five generations of the Richard Tilghman family of Grosses, Talbot Co. MD. A guide to searching the collection can be found here

Hildenberf Volumes

The Charles Edward Hilgenberg Archive 

Once complete, the Hilgenberg Archive will consist of approximately 84,000 digital images of the German-language, Baltimore-based newspaper Der Deutsche Correspondent (1880-1918). Read about how the Archive is being brought to fruition, goals of the project, and partnerships MdHS has made in order to bring this important piece of history to researchers.

The Paul Henderson Photograph Collection Henderson Photograph Collection, Morgan Basketball Team, MDHS

Photojournalist for the Afro-American newspaper Paul Henderson (1899-1988) left behind over 7,000 photographs depicting Maryland's African American community during the Civil Rights Era (ca. 1935-1965). Henderson photographed NAACP activities, including the seven year protest at Ford's Theatre in Baltimore, Morgan State University (then College) graduations and sports events, businesses along and near Pennsylvania Avenue, church groups and congregations, and much more. The collection is mostly unidentified portraits and has a strong focus on Baltimore City. Note: Original negatives are restricted from public use; see the reference photographs available in the library. See also: Paul Henderson Photographs blog; Paul Henderson Manuscript and Ephemera Collection

Governor McKeldin, PVF, MdHSMcKeldin-Jackson Project, 1969-1977 

This collection of 92 oral histories documents the civil-rights movement in Maryland from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. Centered around the lives and contributions of civil rights pioneer Lillie May Jackson and Maryland Governor Theodore McKeldin, the interviews provide a rich and varied look into this important period in Maryland history. Interviewees include Theodore McKeldin Jr, Clarence Mitchell Jr., Juanita Jackson Mitchell, J. Millard Tawes, and more.

Charles Carroll of Annapolis

The Carroll Papers 

 The Charles Carroll of Carrollton Papers project is preparing a six-volume, letter-press edition of the papers of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1832), a leader of the American Revolution in Maryland and only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. The editorial offices of the project are located at the Maryland Historical Society, which houses the most extensive collection of Carroll manuscripts in the world. The project’s published volumes make this wonderful collection accessible both to the general public and to serious scholars of the Revolutionary and Early National periods.

Flora's Dictionary E. W. WirtThe Rare Book Collection

This collection holds nearly 3,000 volumes related to all facets of Maryland history. Researchers have access to uncommon published works on a wide range of topics from fiction by Maryland authors to educational manuals to treatises on politics, religion, and science which date from the early 1600s. Highlights of the collection include almanacs written by Benjamin Banneker, the free African American naturalist, surveyor, and astronomer who helped establish the borders for the District of Columbia, The Analectic Magazine, the first magazine to publish “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a first edition of Newspaper Days: 1899-1906 by H. L. Mencken, the outspoken Baltimore journalist, and The Genius of Universal Emancipation, an abolitionist periodical published in Baltimore. An inventory of the collection can be found here.

ms174-38_calvert_papersThe Calvert Papers

Acquired by the Maryland Historical Society in 1888, the Calvert Papers consist of 1300 documents related to the Calverts, Maryland’s founding family, and their colonial venture in America. The documents “on paper and parchment . . . ranging from the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth,” down to the second half of the eighteenth century, are a varied assortment of materials including council books, journals of the Colonial Houses of Assembly, rent rolls, grants of land, heraldic and genealogical parchments and scrolls, and hundreds of pieces of correspondence of the Lords Baltimore, governors, and private citizens. Highlights include Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon’s  A Plan of the Boundary lines between the Province of Maryland and the Three Lower Counties of Delaware, 1768; The “Patent of Nobility” - King James I to George Calvert, Patent under the Great Seal creating Calvert Baron Baltimore of Baltimore in Ireland, 1624; and Father Andrew White’s 1634 A Brief Relation of the Voyage unto Maryland.

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