Research Programs & Resources
The Maryland Historical Trust’s Research and Survey unit conducts and sponsors fundamental research into the historical, architectural and archaeological heritage of Maryland. Research focuses on those themes and resources identified as priorities by MHT, and may be carried out by MHT staff or its partners in local governments and non-profit agencies throughout the state. Typical projects might develop statewide historic or archeological contexts, investigate specific property types, or synthesize data related to broad themes in Maryland history.
Doing Research at MHT
MHT maintains a variety of resources that offer researchers both primary and secondary information on architectural and historical subjects. The Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties, National Register, and Determination of Eligibility files housed in our archives compile essential documentation on tens of thousands of historic properties throughout the state.
Our library contains unpublished research material such as surveys, historic contexts, field and research reports, and compliance documentation, in addition to an extensive collection of books and other media relevant to Maryland history, architecture, archeology, and culture.
MHT works in partnership with local governments, nonprofit organizations, museums and educational institutions to conduct a wide variety of research projects. State and Federal grants, administered by MHT, assist in funding these activities. Examples include a diverse array of themes across the state including tobacco farming, aviation-related resources, mid-19th century African-American resources, contexts on agriculture, industry and transportation in Mid-Maryland, modern architecture, and a synopsis of Middle Woodland archeological sites in Central Maryland.
Synthesis of Research in Maryland
MHT also engages directly in research on topics of broad statewide significance. Projects recently undertaken by MHT staff include:
- the development of historic context documents on various issues in Maryland history and architecture;
- synthesis of archeological data from field reports to make it more readily accessible to researchers;
- preparation of a comprehensive Historic Structure Report on Maryland’s State House, the earliest seat of state government in the Nation which has remained in continuous use.
This page updated: May 27, 2009
- National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service
- National Historic Landmarks Program, National Park Service
- Historic American Buldings Survey
- Historic American Engineering Record
- Historic American Landscape Survey
- Maryland State Archives
- Maryland Historical Society
- Vernacular Architecture Forum
Forms & Documents
Standards & Guidelines
Survey Forms & Instructions
Determinations of Eligiblity