Archival Resources

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ArchivesSpace is a web-application database, similar to a library catalog, that contains descriptive information called finding aids about what is in each of the archival collections in our Documents Room.  It does not include digitized material, but serves as a guide to help identify collections that may be useful to you in your research.  The database is completely text searchable, and you can also search by name, subject, or other identifiers.

At this time, we have uploaded descriptions of all of our oral history collections to ArchivesSpace, and we are in the process of uploading descriptions of all of our archival collections to the database.  We will update this site as additional collections descriptions are added.

Archival Box Lists

Please browse the SMSC Box Lists 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 Documents Room. Many of these records include small preview digital images of collection materials. Use the catalog to search for materials by keyword.

Web Resources

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College of Southern Maryland Library Catalog

Search the entire library catalog!  The catalog contains information on reference books and printed materials in the Maryland Collection, which is located in the reference section of the main library. Call numbers with an "Md" in the prefix indicate that the item is part of the Maryland Collection. Maryland Collection 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.

Affiliated Resources

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Local Resources by County

Anne Arundel County

Calvert County

Charles County

Prince George's County

St. Mary's County

Other Regional & State Resources

Southern Maryland


General Resources