Special Collections Collection and State Library Resources

Maps, Ephemera, and Sheet Music

European Map from 1716Maps

  • Antiquarian European Maps This small collection of maps is an excellent example of 17th and 18th century mapmaking in Europe. Many used to be in atlases, but were separated and sold individually.


  • Greeting Card Collection Over 7,100 cards dating from 1870. Most are Christmas greetings though many other holidays are represented.
  • Post Card Collection This collection is made up of 33 boxes of postcards organized by subject from Airplanes through Travel (by country) to Woodwork. They date from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century.
  • Broadside Verses Collection Broadsides are single sheets that  were often used for verses, advertisements, love songs, temperance songs, or and ballads. This collection houses more than 130, largely from the Civil War period and many with a political message.
  • Bookplate Collection (Collection Dates approx. 1900 – 1960) This collection contains more than 7000 items, including catalogs, trade correspondence, news clippings along with the bookplates. There is a special section in the collection devoted to Maryland bookplates.
  • Almanacs Collection The Almanacs Collection consists of general almanacs and  health almanacs from the 19th-20thc. as well as the series, Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Men, which provides an account of the lives of notable men of notable men, such as Andrew Carnegie, Robert Owen, and others. 

Sheet Music

  • African American Sheet Music This collection consists of 131 pieces of sheet music dating from 1835-1944, including songs from the heyday of the black face minstrely in the 1850s through the show tunes of the 1930s and ‘40s.
  • Maryland Sheet Music This collection includes 927 pieces of music published locally in Baltimore from the 19th and 20th centuries. It is organized alphabetically by song title in 27 boxes.
  • Saturday Night Club Sheet Music  The club was founded by H.L. Mencken and he and his friends gathered for an evening of food, drink and music for over 40 years. This is the actual sheet music used by the club, numbering almost 700 pieces. (MSS under publisher means manuscript, many of which were written by members of the club; Ctrl + F to search).
  • Music Collection The Music Collection dates from the late 19th-20th c., and consists of sheet music, song books and music scores as well as music programs for performances.