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Southern Maryland Studies Center

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The Southern Maryland Studies Center (SMSC), located on the La Plata campus of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM), is an archival repository and research center that seeks to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials that document the history and culture of Southern Maryland, an area encompassing Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's Counties, together with the southern portions of Anne Arundel and Prince George's Counties. The SMSC was founded by the College of Southern Maryland in 1976 in order to provide a central location for research on this historically rich region. It is open to students, historians, genealogists, and all members of the public.

The Archives houses hundreds of unique collections consisting of personal papers, records of local businesses and organizations, manuscript material, photographic material, rare books, maps, architectural drawings, oral history interviews, and other audiovisual material dating from the 18th century to the present. These materials provide valuable insight to the economic, social, and political currents that helped shape this region.

The Maryland Collection contains printed and published materials, including books, newspapers, journals, and periodicals. Visitors can also access state and federal census records, newspapers, colonial records, and church records on microfilm from the 18th century to the early 20th century.

Before your visit please use the quick links to explore the pages “planning your visit” and “resources” in order to become familiar with our collections, policies and procedures, schedule and tips to start a research project.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to contact the Southern Maryland Studies Center at SMSC@csmd.edu providing a brief description of the materials or collection of interest, requested appointment date, name, phone number and email address. This will ensure we can prepare for your visit, especially if you are traveling to use our materials.