Historic Contexts

Hirsch Residence (HA-2290), Harford County. Photo by Sarah Vonesh, EHT Traceries Hirsch Residence (HA-2290), Harford County. Photo by Sarah Vonesh, EHT Traceries.

A historic context is a format or method of organizing information about related historic properties into manageable units based on a theme, geographical limits, or chronological period. A historic context might encompass the development of an area, taking into account its history, architecture, archaeology, engineering, and culture. It also might identify associated property types that relate to the context. Establishing a historic context increases the reliability of decisions made concerning the identification, evaluation, registration, and treatment of historic properties. More information about the role of historic contexts in the research and survey of cultural resources can be found in our Standards and Guidelines for Architectural and Historical Investigations in Maryland.

All historic contexts held by MHT are available in the library and can be searched in our online library catalog. The library is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by appointment only. For further information or to schedule an appointment, contact Lara Westwood by email at lara.westwood@maryland.gov, or by phone at (410) 697-9546.

A National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Submission is a type of historic context document that serves as the basis for evaluating the eligibility of related properties. All completed Maryland Multiple Property Submissions can be accessed on our National Register search page.

The following is a select list of historic contexts that are available in digital format. We hope to have all contexts available online in the near future.

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