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Blake, Allison. The Chesapeake Bay Book: A Complete Guide. 3rd edition. Lee, MA: Berkshire House Publishers, 1997.
Annotation / Notes: A well researched tour guide for the general population.
Brooklyn-Curtis Bay Historical Committee. A History of Brooklyn-Curtis Bay, 1776-1976. Baltimore: The Committee, 1976.
Earle, Swepson. The Chesapeake Bay Country. Baltimore: Thomsen-Ellis Company, 1923.
Annotation / Notes: Divided into three regions -- southeastern Maryland, Upper Bay, and the Eastern Shore, this work includes a history for each, written by five noted authors, followed by a description of the counties in each, along with places of interest and the people of these places. The histories of the areas places special emphasis on major houses and genealogy of the owners. It is nicely illustrated with contemporary photographs, which nearly 80 years later serve as historic images. There are four pages of interesting photos of African Americans.
Grimes, Michael A. "Sources for Documenting Baltimore's Suburban Landscape." Maryland Historical Magazine 84 (1989): 163-68.
Annotation / Notes: Grimes discusses a variety of sources useful for studying Baltimore's expansion -- maps, deeds, tax assessments, newspapers, building permits, and photographs. He describes where to find them and how to use them.
Jones, Carleton. Streetwise Baltimore: The Story Behind Baltimore Street Names. [Baltimore?]: Bonus Books, 1991.
Annotation / Notes: Brief, quick descriptions of street and neighborhoods names, including some surrounding communities in other counties. Includes a history of the city's development.
Reps, John. Tidewater Towns: City Planning in Colonial Virginia and Maryland. Williamsburg, VA: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1972.
Annotation / Notes: Early towns did not generally spring out of nowhere. Town planning was common and an important part of Chesapeake Maryland's colonial history. The government played an active role in the founding and formation of towns. Annapolis and the District of Columbia were unique in that their plans did not resemble those common amongst other English colonies.
Smith, Bert. Down the Ocean: Postcards from Maryland and Delaware Beaches. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
Annotation / Notes: Arranged by theme and subject -- famous housing, boardwalk, on the beach, life saving. It presents a vivid picture of life at the shore as interpreted through postcards. Includes some illustration on spots on the way -- diners, bridges, etc. Information on the cards themselves is included and adds to the work's usefulness.
Wilstach, Paul. Tidewater Maryland. Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1931.
Annotation / Notes: A narrative history of those Maryland counties, all but seven of the twenty-three, touched by saltwater, arranged by theme and locale. There is a great deal of emphasis on the founding of towns and important personages, a wide variety of subjects are covered.
Shields, Sara Sue. A Mirror for Society: The Theater in Annapolis and Baltimore, 1752-1800. M.A. thesis, Georgetown University, 1975.
Adams, Cheryl, and Art Emerson. Religion Collections in Libraries and Archives: A Guide to Resources in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Washington: Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Library of Congress, 1998.
Annotation / Notes: Institutional level descriptions for nineteen Maryland libraries and archives holding significant religious collections. A tremendous level of detail is given. Subject headings are assigned to each institution. This guide is also available online at https://www.loc.gov/rr/main/religion/.
Baltimore Archives Network, comp. Baltimore's Past: A Directory of Historical Sources. Baltimore: History Press, 1995.
Annotation / Notes: Much of the contact information is outdated, but it is still the best quick tool for determining who collects what in the Baltimore area.
Baltimore History Network. Baltimore's Past: A Directory of Historical Sources. Baltimore: Baltimore History Group, 1989.
Cox, Richard J. The Origins of Archival Development in Maryland, 1634-1934. M.A. thesis, University of Maryland, 1978.
Annotation / Notes: Cox presents the development of what he argued were Maryland's three most important archival institutions -- the Maryland Historical Society, the Maryland State Archives, and the Baltimore City Archives. Some discussion is also given to the development of the history profession in Maryland.
Papenfuse, Edward C., Susan A. Collins, and Christopher N. Allan. A Guide to the Maryland Hall of Records: Local Judicial and Administrative Records in Microform. Vol. 1. Annapolis: Hall of Records Commission, 1978.
Annotation / Notes: Records of Allegany County through Baltimore County and City.
Arnold, Joseph L. "Suburban Growth and Municipal Annexation in Baltimore, 1745-1918." Maryland Historical Magazine 73 (June 1978): 109-28.
Annotation / Notes: The battles between Baltimore City and Baltimore County over the suburban territory spanning a century and a half. This fight was for a larger tax base and the promise of better services providing an important historical perspective on current city-suburban problems.