Maryland Department
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The Collection

The Maryland Department book collection is made up of more than 55,000 volumes on all subjects as they relate to the state- past and present. This includes:

  • Family history research at the state and county level.  Genealogical indexes, directories and special files make up a majority of the collection. The Pratt Library does not hold vital records.
  • State, county, municipal and neighborhood history
  • Maryland state documents as a depository of the State Publications Depository & Distribution Program
  • Legal materials that include laws, regulations, legal forms, legislation, court opinions and legislative proceedings
  • City directories and reverse telephone directories for many counties
  • Maryland fiction collection

Research can also be conducted in:

  • Query (subject) and Biography card files that contain more than 300 drawers of entries
  • Vertical files (clipping files) with over 300,000 items on more than 7000 subjects

    State Library Resources

    • Local Maryland newspapers dating from the late 1700s to the present
    • Periodicals collection with more than 3000 titles
    • 2000 maps and atlases
    • Photo collection with over 24,000 black-and-white images, primarily from the 1930s
    • Telephone directories from across the state dating back to the early 1920s
    • Ephemera collection with over 6000 items, including the ephemera of H.L. Mencken
    • Yearbooks from secondary schools and colleges across the state
    • College catalogs collection
    • Annual reports collection
    • Theater, music and opera programs dating from the late 18th century
    • Election/campaign material from local, state and national elections

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