Rare Book Collection

Flora's Dictionary E. W. WirtThe Rare Book Collection

This collection holds nearly 3,000 volumes related to all facets of Maryland history. Researchers have access to uncommon published works on a wide range of topics from fiction by Maryland authors to educational manuals to treatises on politics, religion, and science which date from the early 1600s. Highlights of the collection include almanacs written by Benjamin Banneker, the free African American naturalist, surveyor, and astronomer who helped establish the borders for the District of Columbia, The Analectic Magazine, the first magazine to publish “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a first edition of Newspaper Days: 1899-1906 by H. L. Mencken, the outspoken Baltimore journalist, and The Genius of Universal Emancipation, an abolitionist periodical published in Baltimore. An inventory of the collection can be found here

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