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The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announced Sept. 22, 2020 that it will remain in Restricted or Reduced Operations for the remainder of 2020-2021 academic year. Physical access to the campuses will remain limited and strict health precautions will continue to be rigorously enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at all of its campuses.

In addition, and in light of the ongoing pandemic, onsite library services at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses—including the Southern Maryland Studies Center—will remain virtual. These facilities will reopen when the college determines it is viable to do so.

Who We Are

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