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About Special Collections


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

Garrett Freas, Graduate assistant

Ryan Koons, Folklife Specialist

Alieh Rezaei, Graduate assistant

Nikki Vietz, Graduate assistant


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 (,
  • 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).


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...

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.

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