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Colonial period in Maryland collection

Identifier: MS 2018


This is an artificial collection consisting of over 600 items, dating from the 1620s to 1775. The collection contains the following types of material: financial and business records (invoices, receipts, accounts, bonds, etc.); land records (deeds, surveys, rent rolls, leases, etc.); military records (commissions, military correspondence, etc.); official and government documents (court proceedings, warrants for arrests, etc.); personal and family documents (correspondence, inventories of estates, wills, etc.); and miscellaneous general documents, such as memoranda and notes of different kinds. Although many of these documents deal with the Calverts and other wealthy or influential personalities of the period, there are also records concerning slaves, convicts, and anonymous persons. In addition to original documents and copies, this collection also includes extracts of and indexes to original records. A few items are secondary materials dealing with the Colonial Period.


  • circa 1616-1893
  • Majority of material found in 1616-1788

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.


6.5 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Custodial History

All items were originally part of the Manuscript Vertical File.

Guide to the Colonial period in Maryland collection
Under Revision
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2020-08-25: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Sandra Glascock

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States