Special Collections Collection and State Library Resources


Looking for a daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe, or other Poe memorabilia, an Aaron Sopher watercolor, a signed book by Sigmund Freud, or a bookplate of Franklin Roosevelt's? These and thousands of other historically significant documents, rare books, and ephemera make up the Special Collections Unit of the State Library Resource Center (SLRC)/Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Special Collections provides access to the Library's unique collections to all Library customers. Reference can be obtained through walk-in, e-mail, and telephone requests. Researchers are encouraged to contact the Special Collections Librarian to arrange assistance or make an appointment to view materials.

Items in Special Collections include:

Featured Collection

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The Jones sisters hand painted photographs

The Jones sisters were Miss Elsie Sluby, Miss Ida Webb and Miss Frances Isabelle.  They were born in the 1870s and 1880s and lived together in and around Sykesville, MD.  Inspired by their love of beauty and history they launched into a career of taking fine photographs of a variety of subjects, many local and handcoloring them with oil paints.  Elsie took the photographs.  Ida hand colored them, and Frances wrote the brief histories which accompanied the photographs.

Click here for the finding aid to the collection.



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