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.
- Browse and search all finding aids
- Learn more about the different parts of a finding aid (PDF)
- Learn about UMBC’s use of EAD-XML finding aids
Center for Biological Sciences Archives
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…
Science Fiction Literary Manuscripts
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…
Maryland History Collections
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…
Photography Historical Manuscripts
Papers and records collections that relate to the history of photography. Browse finding aids…
Housed in Special Collections at the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery since 2014, the Maryland Traditions Archives (MTA) is a partnership with Maryland Traditions, the state folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council. The collections are administered using a “shared stewardship” model, in which MTA staff collaborate with members of the communities represented within the collections (“source communities”) to share curatorial authority. Learn more…
Related Resources and Guides
- Arnold book collection: The Marylandia book collection in Special Collections, named after Dr. Joseph Arnold, contains over 3,000 local history texts. The collection is included in the main Library catalog.
- Visual Art research guide
- Music research guide
- Local history research guide
- American Folklore Society (AFS) Folklore Collection database
- Maryland Traditions
- American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
- Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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.
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