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Hold History in Your Hands

Dive into a book or an archival box within the vast collections at the H. Furlong Baldwin Library. Turn the pages of time and make your own discoveries about Maryland and American history using five centuries of resource material collected and preserved here.

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The H. Furlong Baldwin Library holds more than 7 million items spanning five centuries, from early colonial and Revolutionary War records to 21st century materials that encompass arts and culture, politics, and local and national issues, including the struggle for civil rights.

Our unparalleled collection of books and journals, manuscripts, maps, photographs, oral histories, ephemera, and other archival materials is one of the most extensive in the nation.

Some of our most well-known items include the Calvert Papers and Carroll Papers, documentation about social justice efforts in the McKeldin-Jackson Oral History Collection and Paul Henderson Photograph Collection, and considerable genealogical resources. The library’s collections encompass the papers of prominent political figures and Maryland families, as well as the oral history recordings of residents across MCHC’s hometown of Baltimore.


The Maryland Center for History and Culture collections include more than 350,000 objects and 7 million books and documents, ranging […]

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Plan Your Visit

**Please Note: The Library will be closed Wednesday, July 28th for the MCHC’s Summer Teacher Institute.** Welcome to the H. […]

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Search our online resources for the answers to your research questions from the comfort of your home.

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Research & Remote Services

If you can’t make it in for a visit to the H. Furlong Baldwin Library or are simply seeking further […]

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Reproductions & Permissions

The Imaging Services Department provides digital reproductions and usage permissions for items in the Maryland Center for History and Culture’s […]

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Item Donations

We strive to share stories of Marylanders through art, objects, and archival material at the Maryland Center of History and Culture. Community generosity helps us achieve that goal.

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Fellowships & Prizes

The Maryland Center for History and Culture is a proud supporter of ongoing academic research. Our organization offers fellowships and […]

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Maryland history is full of exciting details and little known coincidences. New things are ready to be discovered every day!

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Claire McCardell, a fashion designer from Frederick, Maryland, is credited with creating the “American Look” of sportswear and the Popover dress.
Photograph of designer Claire McCardell.

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Shaping the Future of History

With funding and support from this campaign, we are seeking to shape the future of how history is presented, connect with new audiences, and expand our national presence.

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