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Collections by Geographical Location: Western Maryland (Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington Counties)

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

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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 deal specifically with Western Maryland. This listing is by no means exhaustive. Many other documents in this collection may also contain information regarding Western Maryland. 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 have been italicized and are followed by relevant individual titles within that category.

Agricultural Experiment Station. (University Publications A33) The station publishes scientific articles that may relate to Western Maryland such as “Potential for increased market supply of beef in Western Maryland,” dated 1975, as well as special bulletins, new releases, faculty and staff minutes, and other miscellaneous publications.

Cooperative Extension Service. (University Publications C51) The Service published a wide variety of publications that correspond with its diverse programs. Annual reports, progress reports, press packs, news releases, and news/features describe the Service's activities and projects. Publications sent to farmers, housewives, youths, and other Maryland residents illustrate the kinds of information the Service sought to disseminate.

Environmental and Estuarine Studies, Center for. (University Publications E19) Reference series and study reports describe research conducted at the various labs under the center's direction, including the Appalachian Environmental Laboratory, the Horn Point Laboratory, the Inland Laboratory, and the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. The center published status reports and results of studies on the Power Plant Sitting Program. Forerunners of the center include the Department of Research and Education and the Natural Resources Institute; the center became known as the Center for Environmental Science in 1997.

Center for Environmental Science. (University Publications E19 and E28) Forerunners of the center, which was established in 1997, include the Department of Research and Education, the Natural Resources Institute, and the Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies. The center administers three laboratory sites: the Appalachian Laboratory in western Maryland, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in southern Maryland, and the Horn Point Laboratory on the Delmarva Peninsula. Reference series and study reports describe research primarily on water quality and the Chesapeake Bay. Publications from 1997 to 1998 are located under E19; publications since 1999 are located under E28.

Institute for Governmental Service. (University Publications G9) The Institute produced reports on various economic, political, environmental, social, and other concerns in Maryland. Reports reference Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington County locations.

Maryland Technical Advisory Service. (University Publications M25) Includes various reports on government practices and concerns in counties all over Maryland, including Western Maryland.

Municipal Technical Advisory Service. (University Publications M43) Includes various reports on city and town planning such as "The elements and annexation policy for Frostburg, Maryland."

Natural Resources Institute. (University Publications N6) The institute published a Reference Series and an Educational Series that included reports, meeting proceedings, and plans for Maryland waterways, forests, and fisheries. The institute directed three laboratory sites: the Appalachian Environmental Laboratory in western Maryland, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in southern Maryland, and the Horn Point Environmental Laboratory on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Natural Resources Institute became the Center for Environmental & Estuarine Studies in 1975; it became the Center for Environmental Studies in 1997.

Center for Substance Abuse Research. (University Publications S38) Includes studies on drug use and abuse throughout Maryland, including a report entitled "Maryland Pulse Check: Trends and Patterns of Drug Use: A Pilot Study in Allegany County and Baltimore City."

Maryland Manuscripts

The Maryland Manuscripts Collection consists of a diverse array of materials, including letters, diaries, printed ephemera, and legal records, many of which relate to Western Maryland during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The majority of the materials originate in Frederick and Washington Counties however; there are a few materials from Allegany and Garrett County. The materials consist mainly of land records, court subpoenas and other legal documents, slavery related documents, as well as military and Civil War documents.

The following list is only a brief sample of the rich holdings of the Maryland Manuscripts Collection that pertain to Western Maryland.


The holdings of the Archives and Manuscript Department include numerous images of Western Maryland locations, the bulk of which are from the 20th Century. The following is a list of those collections that significantly feature Western Maryland.


Memorabilia consists of historical artifacts that are housed separately from textual records and photographic materials. The memorabilia collection includes a variety of objects such as badges, ribbons, plaques, trophies, locks of hair, articles of clothing, and souvenirs. There are very few memorabilia items that relate directly to Western Maryland.