The Special Collections Department of the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, serves to collect, house, preserve, and make accessible scholarly collections of materials that are original, rare, unique, fragile, historical, and archival. Topical collecting areas are particularly emphasized within the fields of photography, the history of the biological sciences, the Baltimore Sun newspaper, science fiction literature and popular culture, alternative presses, UMBC history and records, and Maryland manuscript, photograph, and newspaper collections.
Beth Saunders, Curator and Department Head
Emily Hauver, Curator of Exhibitions
Susan Graham, Special Collections Librarian
Lindsey Loeper, Reference and Instruction Archivist
Robin Martin, Library Services Specialist
Laurainne Ojo-Ohikuare, Processing Archivist
Tom Beck, Emeritus Librarian
Jackie Ellis, Graduate assistant
Garrett Freas, Graduate assistant
Ryan Koons, Folklife Specialist
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The Reading Room is currently closed. Please contact Special Collections staff using the methods outlined above.During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Special Collections reading room is open Monday-Wednesday 12-4pm and Thursday 12-8pm. All other times, and during Intersession, Winter, and Summer semesters, researchers should make an appointment in advance. To make an appointment, submit your request using the contact information above. The current listing of Library building and department hours is available on the Hours and Location page.
News, events, workshops, and collection highlights are frequently posted to the Library's myUMBC blog.
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Special Collections gratefully accepts gifts in a variety of ways. Your generosity benefits the entire UMBC community as well as visiting researchers and helps the Library execute its mission to fulfill the information needs of a research university with a distinctive undergraduate and graduate experience and to offer the highest quality resources and services for UMBC's growing and evolving teaching, learning, research, and service environment. You can help the collection reach its full potential by making a gift online, sending a check, and by donating materials (in-kind gifts). Learn more...
Special Collections accepts interns and volunteers year-round, as allowed by staff availability. Possible projects include:
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2019-2020 Annual Report