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H. Furlong Baldwin Library

***The Library will be closed for the holidays and our annual inventory from December 24 through January 6.***

For an in-depth tutorial on searching the library collections please consult our

Field Guide to Searching the Maryland Historical Society Library Collections

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Library Hours:  Wednesday-Saturday, 10a.m. to 5p.m.

For inquiries contact: 410-685-3750 ext. 359 or email reference@mdhs.org or specialcollections@mdhs.org.

Please Note: As of June 1, 2016, Special Collections will only be open Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. The Library will remain open on Wednesdays.

The Maryland Historical Society’s H. Furlong Baldwin Library enables researchers, students, teachers, and others to have access to the records of Maryland’s past while preserving irreplaceable historical materials for future generations. 

The sizeable collection of books, journals, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, prints, obsolete currency, oral histories, ephemera, and microfilm which the library makes available to the public via the Reference Department and Special Collections is one of the nation’s most extensive and important historical resources.

Among the more than 7 million items at the H. Furlong Baldwin Library are Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner," papers of Maryland’s colonial governors and signers of the Declaration of Independence, including the Carroll Papers, the Lloyd Papers, Tilghman Family Papers, over 900,000 photographs, and considerable genealogical resources.

MdHS strives to make its collections even more accessible through the Collections Online database.  

Before planning your visit, please view the Library User Information. View the Collections Overview page to read about the Library's collections. For an in-depth tutorial on searching the library collections, please read our Field Guide to Searching the Maryland Historical Society Library Collections.

Library collections on MdHS social media sites: 

MdHS Library blog, "Underbelly"

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