Archival collections come in many forms - personal diaries and correspondence, institutional records, sketchbooks, original manuscripts of books, audiovisual recordings, and research files are all examples of collections held at UMBC. Our collecting areas include: photography manuscripts, UMBC department records and historical artifacts, the history of biological sciences, local Maryland history and folklife, and science fiction literature.
Use the subject and format specific pages for additional information and searching strategies. To search all of the archival collections, use the Special Collections Search. Search Tip: Enter coll* in the Call Number field in addition to your other search terms. This will limit your search to archival collections only.
A finding aid is a guide that helps researchers use an archival collection.
The mission of the Center for Biological Sciences Archives (CBSA) is to identify, preserve, and provide access to manuscripts, personal papers, and archives generated by individuals and institutions involved in the biological sciences. In addition the CBSA will encourage research, scholarship, and publication of writings on the history, policy implications, and social and cultural impact of the biological sciences. Public programs concerning the archives will be featured in the future as the archives and its activities are developed. Browse finding aids...
The University Archives is a diverse collection of materials documenting the history of the growth and development of our campus, faculty, staff, students, and campus life. Included are departmental publications, the administrative records of the university, faculty papers, photographs, theses and dissertations, and oral histories with former faculty members and staff. Browse finding aids...
These collections include pre-publication materials, such as manuscripts, galley proofs, and correspondence, from authors such as Brian C. Daley, Robert Zelazny, David F. Bischoff, and Thomas F. Monteleone, among many others. Browse finding aids...
These manuscripts and records contain the papers of individuals and organizations connected with Baltimore and the greater Maryland region. Researchers may also consider consulting the Local History research guide. Browse finding aids...
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Papers and records collections that relate to the history of photography. Browse finding aids...
Beginning in 2013, the UMBC Special Collections department began a partnership with Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program that is a part of the Maryland State Arts Council. Part of this partnership has involved bringing the records of Maryland Traditions, and its predecessor the Maryland Folklife Program, and related materials to UMBC. Special Collections staff and volunteers are currently working to process these collections. The collections are open and available to researchers in consultation with Special Collections staff. Learn more at our Research Guide to the Maryland Folklife Program Records.
Maryland Folklife Program records, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 116
Maryland Traditions records, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 120
Dorothy Howard papers, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 121
Ola Belle Reed collection, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 122
Jason Pate collection, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 123
Elaine Eff papers, Maryland Traditions Archives, Collection 146
Collections of the personal papers of writers, photographers and other individuals held at UMBC. Personal papers from local people and families are listed under the Maryland history collections above.
Rita Saltz collection, Collection 3
Mildred Grossman papers, Collection 6
Jule Eisenbud collection on Ted Serios and thoughtographic photography, Collection 23
John Price Bell papers, Collection 29
Mark Rice papers, Collection 41
Dick Higgins collection, Collection 43
Barbara S. Kraft papers, Collection 86, Special Collections
Leonardo J. Sirios papers, Collection 101
Eleanor Hovda collection, Collection 119
Steven Gentry manuscript, Collection 133
Annie Greene manuscript, Collection 151
John Q. Lane sketchbook, Collection 152
J. H. Swartz manuscript, Collection 153
John Dos Passos letter, Collection 154
Lizette Woodworth Reese manuscript, Collection 155
Die-cut scrapbook, Collection 156
Commodore Philip Voorhees log book, Collection 157
Autograph book, Collection 158
Andrew D. Jack journal, Collection 160
Account sheets, Collection 161
Baudour Porcelain records, Collection 162
Chinese paper money, Collection 163
Charles J. Ingersoll papers, Collection 165
Levy Lammott promissory note, Collection 166
Puerto Rico official documents, Collection 168
V. K. Findlay scrapbook, Collection 177
Edward Bafford recordings, Collection 206
American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has lasting value, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records. - Society of American Archivists, www.archivist.org