The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery will remain closed until further notice. As the response to the Coronavirus continues, updates to library services and hours will be posted on myUMBC and the website.

About Special Collections

Mission

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.




Staff

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

Jessica Riley, Graduate assistant

Jackie Ellis, Graduate assistant

Ben Rybczynski, Gallery assistant

Ryan Koons, Folklife Specialist


Contact

View the telephone and e-mail information for Special Collections staff

You can also send your questions and comments by:

  • chat (select "Ask a Librarian" button on the right side of any webpage),
  • e-mail (speccoll@umbc.edu),
  • phone (410-455-2353),
  • online research consultation with an archivist (schedule a consultation here).
  • or in person when the Reading Room is open (view semester hours).


Hours

The Reading Room will be closed for the Fall 2020 semester. 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.


Blog

News, events, workshops, and collection highlights are frequently posted to the Library's myUMBC blog.


Social media

Click, like, and share!

Follow the UMBC Special Collections on Instagram

Visit the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery on Facebook

Visit the UMBC University Archives on Facebook

Visit the Center for Biological Sciences Archives (CBSA) on Facebook

Follow the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery on Twitter

Follow the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery on Instagram


Donations

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...


Internship and volunteer opportunities

Special Collections accepts interns and volunteers year-round, as allowed by staff availability. Possible projects include:

  • Exhibit assistance: help to curate, install, and promote an original exhibit, either in the Library Rotunda, Special Collections reading room, or online.
  • Provide access to published material: rehouse and learn to create holdings records for the Science Fiction & Fantasy fanzine collection
  • Archives processing: rehouse, arrange, and describe records and multimedia collections
  • Metadata creation: Learn/practice subject analysis, use of controlled vocabularies, CONTENTdm, and PastPerfect as you create item-level descriptions for scanned photography collections
  • Collection-level description: create collection-level records for archival and photography collections
  • Outreach: raise awareness of collections and resources
  • Digitization: prepare, scan, record technical metadata, QC, and upload collection materials to CONTENTdm

Contact Special Collections for more information.


Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2018-19 Annual Report


Return to top

Special Collections Services


Contact

Hours

  • NOTE: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, IN RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. Direct questions to speccoll@umbc.edu.