Southern Maryland Studies Center

Access to the Southern Maryland Studies Center is currently limited; however, students may get help from a CSM librarian by emailing Members of the public or researchers needing access to the Southern Maryland Studies Center may schedule appointments to use materials by emailing

The SMSC was founded by the College of Southern Maryland on the La Plata Campus 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.

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