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Katherine Salant papers

 Collection 0529-MDHC

This collection documents the professional activities and records of nationally syndicated real estate newspaper columnist and blogger Katherine Salant. Originally from Northern Virginia, Salant studied architecture at Harvard University and was a Fullbright scholar. Her column "Housewatch" was first published in the Washington Post in 1994 and has appeared in multiple newspapers across the United States. Topics in this collection include real estate developments in the Washington, D.C. area, Celebration, Florida, professional home building conventions, and general home improvement.


  • 1991-2018

Conditions Governing Access

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.


79.5 Linear Feet (50 Bankers boxes and 3 Paige boxes)

1.5 Linear Feet (1 Oversize Box) ; 18 x 11.75 x 3

Content Description

Katherine Salant's papers consist of materials documenting her career, her newspaper columns Housewatch and Your New Home, and additional written pieces. These materials include columns, column notes, book reviews, brochures, photographs, negatives, slides, electronic discs, video discs, newspaper clippings, real estate portfolios, floor plans, real estate magazines, business documents, home appliance promotional materials, and books. Newspaper clippings, and the notes and materials they derive from, appear primarily from the Washington Post, other large city newspapers, and syndication through Inman News and others. Many documents relate to real estate developments in the Washington, D.C. area, Celebration, Florida, professional home building conventions, and general home improvement.

Custodial History

This collection was donated to University of Maryland Libraries by Katherine Salant, on May 18, 2018.

Processing Information

These materials were received by the University of Maryland in 2018. No major processing work has been done. These materials mostly remain in their original order and original containers. Some items were relocated to other boxes and recorded in the preliminary inventory.

Guide to the Katherine Salant papers
Finding aid created by Willem Kalbach
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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