Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties
Documentation for the sites which make up the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties is maintained for approximately
40,000 architectural resources (individual sites and historic districts), more than 12,600 archaeological sites (prehistoric
and historic), and 26 oral history projects. While archaeological research files are restricted to use
by qualified professionals, the architectural portion of the inventory and the oral history collection is accessible to the
Architectural Survey Files
These typically include summary descriptions of the resource and a statement
of significance, maps, photographs, negatives, and sometimes drawings. Survey files can include documentation
about structures as varied as “houses” of all sizes and types (big houses, little houses, brick
houses, frame houses, lighthouses, school houses, smoke houses, slave houses), towers water towers, fire towers, bell
towers), privies, barns, corn cribs, churches, and a B-29 bomber.
Oral History Collections
The oral history collection includes transcripts and audio and/or
video cassettes of interviews as well as photographs of interviewees. A sampling of oral history projects
includes Baltimore County Historic African American Communities, Berkley Crossroads,Calvert County Tobacco
Culture, Lexington Manor aka “Flat Tops,” Maryland’s Centennial of Flight Celebration, Middle River,
and Smith Island.
- Maps of historic and archaeology resources, using 7.5’ USGS topographic quads;
- Copies of historic maps from throughout Maryland;
- Black-and-white photographs, negatives, and color slides of individual sites and districts;
- Architectural drawings;
- Architectural and archaeological research reports for sites in Maryland and neighboring states;
- Historic structure reports;
- Audio and video cassettes (other than those in the oral history collection) and DVDs;
- Plans (development plans, town plans, etc.); and
- Vertical files.
(Please note: The Maryland Historical Trust Library does not have genealogical
research materials. For genealogical matters, please visit either the Maryland
State Archives or the Maryland Historical Society Library.
Databases and Microform
When visiting the library and archives, one may view the following on microfilm/fiche:
- County inventories for architectural sites;
- HABS Survey: Maryland Collection (photos and text through 1988);
- County tax assessments of 1783;
- Federal Direct Tax 1798;
- Maryland Historical Society 1783 Tax List;
- Maryland Gazette (1728-1888);
- U.S. Census for selected counties;
- Queen Anne’s County Annual Valuations; and
- The Park List (14 reels of the full text of the approximately 120 books referenced in Helen
Park’s A List of Architectural Books Available in America before the Revolution).