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Southern Maryland Studies Center

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Southern Maryland Studies Center
College of Southern Maryland 
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Available Resources

Celebrating the Past, Preserving it for the Future

Archival Resources

Archival Finding Aids - A finding aid is a descriptive guide to an archival collection. The finding aid typically provides a summary and inventory of each collection's contents. Please browse the SMSC Finding Aids for descriptions of the Archival & Manuscript Collections, Genealogical Research Collections, Oral History Collections, and Photographic Collections. Archival materials are non-circulating and must be viewed onsite. 

Online Collections Catalog - SMSC's Online Collections Catalog contains thousands of searchable records relating to the materials housed in the SMSC Archives. Many of these records include digital images of collection material. Use the catalog to search for materials by keyword. New records added periodically.




Web Resources

CSM Library Catalog - Search the entire library catalog!  The catalog contains information on books and printed materials located in the SMSC Reading Room. Call numbers with an "Md" in the prefix indicate that the item is located in the SMSC Reading Room. Reading Room materials are non-circulating and must be viewed onsite.

Ancestry Library Edition - With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. Must be accessed within the college's computer network.

HeritageQuest Online Database - A unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Must be accessed within the college's computer network.


Resource Guide by Topic