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  Maryland State Law Library
361 Rowe Blvd. Annapolis, MD. 21401
Phone: 410.260.1430 | Fax 410.260.1572
Public Hours: M,W,F 8AM - 4:30PM | Tu,Th 8AM - 9PM | Sat 9AM - 4PM

Historical Researchers & Genealogists

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 related to Maryland government and law.

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

  • Historical newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun (microform from 1832, online from 1837) and the Annapolis Capital (microfilm and 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.