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Maryland Folklore collection

 Collection 0064-LIT

The Maryland Folklore collection consist of materials collected and created primarily by students of Maryland institutions of higher education in Salisbury, Frostburg, and College Park. Although the contents of the collection were collected or created by citizens of Maryland or students at Maryland institutions, the subjects of their projects range widely and are not confined to the state of Maryland. The types of materials include student papers; photographic prints, slides, and negatives; audio recordings; notecards; and realia. The collection is unprocessed, but preliminary inventories have been prepared.


  • 1944-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1967-1994

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.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection. A preliminary inventory is available under the Inventories/Additional Information section.

Conditions Governing Use

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.


141.00 Linear Feet

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection is stored offsite. For more information about requesting offsite materials please see our offsite policies:

Custodial History

The Salisbury and Frostburg materials were transferred to the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1976. In 1996, the Archives and Manuscripts Department of the University Libraries assumed physical ownership of 48 linear feet of the Maryland Folklore Archives. A second portion of approximately 74 linear feet was formally transferred from the English Department to the Archives and Manuscripts Department in 2006. A third accession of 8.5 linear feet was received from the English Department and added to the collection in 2008. A fourth accession of 6.00 linear feet was received from the English Department and added to the collection in 2009.

Guide to the Maryland Folklore collection
Minimally Processed
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