The Maryland Room Collection features materials that contribute to the
knowledge of the social, civic, religious, economic and cultural life
of Marylanders both past and present. Within the collection there is a
particular emphasis on material relating to Talbot County and the
Eastern Shore of Maryland.
The collection was started in 1941 through the generosity of
Mr. And Mrs. James Dixon and Mrs. David Lindsay Gillespie with a
donation of 1500 books, pamphlets, periodicals, maps and other
material. In 1966, the library acquired the James Clayland Mullikin
collection of Marylandia which consisted of books, newspapers, maps,
letters and books.
The Maryland collection currently consists of over 4,500 books, 96
reels of microfilm of newspapers; 33 reels of census data (Talbot
County complete, scattered of other counties); 30 reels of microfilm
of church records; 6 reels of microfilm of tax lists; 400 maps; 22
vertical file drawers containing thousands of clippings, pamphlets,
etc., 87 boxes of manuscript material, and numerous journal
The books and pamphlets are currently cataloged and available via
the library's online card catalog. There are finding aids available
for the Manuscript and Ephemera Collections.
Some of the highlights of Maryland Room's Collection are the
manuscripts of James A. Michener's Chesapeake; Dickson
Preston's Young Frederick Douglass and Talbot County: A
History; Nelson Pusey's 1000 photographs of Easton and Talbot
County; Arthur and Mary Louise Gutman Map Collection of 38 rare maps
of Maryland and the Eastern Shore; and numerous post cards and other
The Collection is open to the public for all areas of
research. Prior to visiting you might want to look at our policies governing use of the collection.
The Maryland Room hours of operation vary on a daily basis. Please call or e-mail ahead of time in order to schedule an
appointment to use the Maryland Room.
Becky Riti, Maryland Room Librarian
100 W. Dover Street
Easton, Maryland 21601