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National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection


National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection
National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection
Collection number:
approximately 20,000 items
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Inclusive dates:
Collection Area:
State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

The National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection contains approximately 20,000 postcards dating from 1893 to the 1970s with the bulk of the cards from the years 1900 to 1920. The collection represents over 3,000 locations in the United States, as well as a small number of foreign countries. There is a particular strength in cards from the New England states although all 50 states are documented. Most of the cards were commercially produced and depict early 20th century scenes from small towns to large cities. There is also a group of about 900 cards for which location could not be determined. These are arranged by subject. Researchers may also want to consult a related postcard collection at the National Trust Library, the Institute for American Deltiology Collection.

Important Information for Users of the Collection


This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Publication rights:

Photocopies and digital copies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Alternate formats:

Digital copies of select postcards in this collection are available at in the University of Maryland's Digital Collections.


This collection is PROCESSED.A full finding aid is available.