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The Maryland State Law Library possesses a unique collection of Maryland-based historical materials. The current Library traces its roots to its establishment as the Maryland State Library in 1827. For much of its history, the Library purchased books ranging from family genealogies and compilations of Maryland public records to historical works and popular Maryland newspapers on microfilm. Today, the Library continues to acquire materials relating to Maryland government and law.

Some of the most useful resources for genealogists and historical researchers include the following:

  • Baltimore Sun on microfilm, dating from 1832
  • Annapolis Capital, microfilm and full text online
  • Newspaper Archive database
  • Family genealogies
  • Cemetery records
  • Compilations of court records, such as land records
  • Books about individual Maryland cities and counties
  • State agency publications

Other institutions, such as the Maryland State Archives and the Maryland Historical Society Library and the Maryland Collection at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, may provide additional opportunities for researchers. Of course, the State Law Library welcomes the prospect of assisting customers with its own distinctive materials.

Updated: June 23, 2008

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