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Collections by Geographical Location: Eastern Shore, Maryland (Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties)

A Selected List of Holdings in Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries

For more information about how to access materials in this guide, please visit the Maryland Room web page or fill out an information request.

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Maryland Manuscripts

The Maryland Manuscripts grouping consists of a diverse array of materials, including letters, printed ephemera, and legal records, many of which relate to the Eastern Shore during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Several examples of items in the Maryland Manuscripts Collection relating to the Eastern Shore include:

University Publications

The university publications collection consists of a wide variety of printed materials produced by and about the various administrative units, academic departments, and student groups on the College Park campus. The listing below includes those publications that are related to the Eastern Shore and the Chesapeake Bay. Many other documents in this periodically contain material related to the Eastern Shore. The university's many departments and divisions continue to create publications, which are added to this collection.

In the listing below, headings under which items may be located are underlined followed by related individual titles within that category.

Bureau of Government Research . The Bureau of Governmental Research published a series called Maryland Policy Studies , including Chesapeake Bay Policy in 1988.

Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies . The Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies published several books, such as MEES at CEES , about its program in environmental science and estuarine ecology at the University of Maryland. It also publishes and annual report and in 1975 a University of Maryland Chesapeake Roster .

Coastal and Environmental Policy Program . The Coastal and Environmental Policy Program publishes a semiannual periodical called Watershed: Science & Policy in the Chesapeake Region .

Maryland Marine Advisory Program . In 1980 the Maryland Marine Advisory Program issued sixteen reports that have been collected in the single volume Bay/Shore Report.

Maryland Technical Advisory Service . The Maryland Technical Advisory Service published the Report of the Caroline County Governmental Study Commission in 1981. In 1968 the service published the Proposed Classification Plan for Kent County . A bibliography of its research and reports was published in 1980.

Sea Grant . The Maryland Sea Grant College publishes a quarterly periodical called Chesapeake Quarterly . It has published a number of studies and reports including Recreational Boating in Maryland: An Economic Impact Study in 1995 and Working the Chesapeake: Watermen of the Bay circa 1991.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore . The University president published under various titles an annual report that included information about the Eastern Shore campus. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore published annually the Faculty and staff campus directory and Catalog .


The holdings of the Archives and Manuscript Department include numerous images of the Eastern Shore. In particular, photographs of WPA projects depict parks, playground and the Johnson Pond Dam in Salisbury, reclaiming swamps in Caroline, sidewalk and road projects in Cecil, Easton waterworks, tax ditches in Wicomico, schools in Ocean City, and clearing the Pocomoke River. An inventory of theses photographs is available in the Maryland Room. Unprocessed photographs in the WPA collection contain images of community house, reservoir, street, and sewer construction as well as an image of a WPA sign at Elton.

As mentioned above in the section on Historical Manuscripts, several collections include photographs of the Eastern Shore that were transferred to the photograph collection. For example, the Papers of Henry Powell Hopkins contain photographs of Eastern Shore projects including residences, educational institutions and medical institutions. The Papers of William Preston Lane include photographs of the Eastern Shore, and the Papers of Theodore R. McKeldin include a photograph of the opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 1952. In addition, the Assateague Island Collection (72-127) includes contact sheets, prints, and negatives of landscape and shoreline. The Caroline County Collection (72-131) includes an image of the Independence Cannery in Greensboro around the turn of the century, and the R.J. Jarrell Collection includes an image of R.J. Jarrell's Cannery around 1940, also in Goldsboro. The Papers of Celia Holland contain slides and photographs of historic buildings and sites in Maryland counties including Worcester and Caroline.

Several record groups in the University Archives also contain Eastern Shore photographs that have been transferred to the photograph collection. Records from the Department of the Physical Plant include photographs of the girls' dormitories at the Princess Anne campus. An unprocessed accession to the Records of the Agricultural Experiment Station (92-18) includes photographs, use of which requires a pre-screening. An unprocessed accession (72-73) to the Records of the Cooperative Extension Service includes miscellaneous items from the Agricultural Experiment Station in the Eastern Shore and photographs depicting statewide activities. The unprocessed Papers of Dr. Leland Scott contains photographs depicting campus life and buildings, the Ridgely sub-station, farming in Maryland, and the Horticultural Department staff, students, and activities. A preliminary inventory is available. The University of Maryland, College Park Slide Collection includes color and black and white slides of life at the University of Maryland at College Park and University College, but it also includes slides taken in the Eastern Shore. Subjects include sports, faculty members, campus buildings, commencement, research activities, and student groups. This collection is unprocessed but a preliminary inventory is available.