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Aubrey Land papers

 Collection 0093-MDHC

Dr. Aubrey Land, a member of the History Department at the University of Maryland at College Park from 1958 to 1968, authored several books on colonial Maryland, including The Dulanys of Maryland and Bases of the Plantation Society. His papers contain extensive late colonial and early federal documentation on various shipping companies.


  • 1755-1881
  • Majority of material found within 1785-1810

Language of Materials

Materials in this collection appear in four language: English, French, German, and Spanish.

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


2.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Aubrey Land papers cover the years 1759 to 1881 with the bulk of the collection ranging from 1785 to 1810. The Papers contain bookkeeping records, invoices, legal statements, and correspondence of various American and European shipping companies, mainly based in Philadelphia, PA.

This collection is minimally processed. For a complete inventory of folders in the collection, see the "Inventories/Additional Information" section of this finding aid.

Biographical / Historical

Aubrey Christian Land was a professor of history at the University of Maryland from 1958-1968; he also served as head of the department during that period. He was born September 2, 1912 in Panola County, Mississippi and died January 14, 1993 in Athens, Georgia. Following his tenure at the University of Maryland, he was a research professor at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. He was married to Helen Augusta Larabee (1911-1947) and following her death married Anne W. (1920-1998), a librarian.

Dr. Land received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Southern Illinois Teachers College in 1934 and a M.A. in 1938 and a Ph.D. in 1948 from the University of Iowa. Prior to his tenure at the University of Maryland, he served as an assistant professor of history at the Carnegie Institute of Technology from 1946-1949, associate professor at Vanderbilt University from 1950-1955, and full professor at the University of Nebraska from 1955-1957. In 1957-1958, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the London (England) School of Economics.

Dr. Land authored several books including Colonial Maryland (1981), a history, Bases of the Plantation Society (1969) and The Dulanys of Maryland (1955).


This collection is arranged as four series.

Series 1
English Documents
Series 2
French Documents
Series 3
German Documents
Series 4
Spanish Documents

Custodial History

The Aubrey Land papers were donated to the University of Maryland Libraries in September 1972.

Related Materials

Land, Aubrey C., Bases of the plantation society. Columbia, University of South Carolina Press, 1969. (UMCP Off-Site Shelving, HN79.A13L35)

Land, Aubrey C., Colonial Maryland, a history. Millwood, NY, KTO Press, 1981. (UMP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Stacks F184.L34)

Land, Aubrey C., The Dulanys of Maryland; a biographical study of Daniel Dulany, the elder (1685-1753) and Daniel Dulany, the younger (1722-1797), Baltimore, Maryland Historical Society, 1955. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Stacks F184.D8L3)

Processing Information

The materials have been placed in acid-free folders in acid-free boxes and arranged into four series.

Guide to the Aubrey Land papers
Minimally Processed
Processed by H (1975) and Terry Ann Sayler (2015)
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742