Wednesday through Friday: 9:30am - 4:00pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9:00am - 12:00 (noon)
Closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday
Contact the Research Library: 410-848-6494 x204 or Library@HSCCmd.org
Since the organization of the Historical Society in 1939, generous donors have helped HSCC gather and preserve many records, documents, pamphlets, clippings, pictures and books relating to the history of Carroll County. The purpose of this collection is to promote the research and study of Carroll County history. Articles written by HSCC for The Baltimore Sun and The Carroll County Times highlight moments in Carroll County History. Unique collections such as the Dr. Arthur Tracey Papers (which includes drawings, surveyors' books, maps and file cards for eighteenth century Western Maryland land tracts and families) and the Basil Crapster papers (which chronicle Taneytown history) can aid researchers interested in the history of their Carroll ancestors.
Following are collection descriptions and availability.
The public uses the library for a wide range of research topics. Visitors come expressing an interest in subjects such as grist mills, abandoned towns, Civil War history, one-room schools and oldest trees in the county -- the list is endless.
A wealth of useful information is available for the visitor interested in family history and local genealogical research.
Primary documents such as journals, ledgers, maps, scrapbooks, family papers are stored in the Manuscript Room. Manuscripts are available on Tuesday – Friday (9:30 - 4:00). An appointment with the Curator is required for access to any materials in the Manuscript Collection.
The Historical Society owns an extensive collection of local newspapers, including the most complete set of The Democratic Advocate (1842-1972). Other major collections include: The Carrolltonian (18331844), Union Bridge Pilot (1899-1972), American Sentinel (1855-1928) and Carroll County Times (1911-1973).
An extensive collection of photographs is organized by subject (i.e. Architecture, Westminster Businesses) and by family name. Photographs are available on Tuesday – Friday (9:30 - 4:00). An appointment with the Curator is required for access to any materials in the Photograph Collection.
The Historical Society encourages the use of its collections for research in the preparation of academic and scholarly publications.
The library maintains reading materials on special topics relevant to local history. There are general texts and local reports on archaeology; files on the history of local churches; duplicate materials compiled by the Maryland Historical Trust on the architecture of Carroll County; and sources to aid the home-owner engaged in restoration projects.
The Historical Society has the privilege of owning a unique collection of research materials including file cards, drawings, surveyors' books and maps of early land patents and settlement patterns in Western Maryland (Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties). This collection represents the lifetime work of Dr. Arthur G. Tracey and Dr. Grace Tracey. Pioneers of Old Monocacy is one publication that was produced from these research materials.
The online resources can aid you in planning your research before visiting the HSCC Library. While HSCC encourages researchers to visit the HSCC to conduct their research, HSCC offers research services for a fee for patrons who are unable to visit the Library.
The Historical Society of Carroll County (HSCC) encourages researchers to visit the Society to conduct research. For patrons who cannot visit the Library, the Society will conduct research for a fee in the following categories.
A reasonable effort will be made to answer fee-based requests, however, HSCC cannot guarantee research results.
A library volunteer will conduct a basic search of up to one hour in response to a clearly written request about a person, family, community, etc. Research is limited to resources in the direct custody of the Society. Examples include a request to locate and copy an obituary, a search of a family history, cemetery or church record, or to prepare a research proposal for a visit or for an extended search by Society staff. The Society does not have governmental records such as deeds, wills, birth certificates and marriage licenses in its collection. The fee for a basic search is $25 for non-members and $16 for Society members and includes up to 10 photocopies. If research reveals that additional photocopies of materials may be of interest, the research results will describe the items and provide the cost for copies. Payment and a Research Request Form must accompany the research request. Research requests are handled in the order in which they are received; results are usually mailed in 10 to 12 weeks.
If the HSCC staff determines that a request will require more than an hour to complete, the staff will prepare a proposal outlining a suggested research plan. Examples include using a wide variety of sources in an attempt to compile a family tree or transcribing fragile records that cannot be photocopied, etc. The fee for extended search is $20 per hour for non-members and $12 per hour for Society members and includes up to 10 copies per hour of research. If research reveals that additional photocopies of materials may be of interest, the research results will describe the items and provide the cost for copies. Copies can be requested using the fee structure below. Research results are usually mailed in 6 to 8 weeks.
HSCC will consider research requests for a search of records not in the custody of the Society on a case-by-case basis. Examples include requesting photocopies of wills, estate records, deeds, marriage licenses, and church records that are held by other repositories within Carroll County. In most cases, the hourly fee structure will be the same as for a Basic or an Extended Search, however, any mileage, parking fees, and the fees charged by another agency for photocopies, etc., will be added.
The HSCC charges the following for copies:
Some materials in the Society collection may not be photocopied due to the fragile nature of the material. Materials that cannot be copied may be transcribed upon request, if the item is of reasonable length.
The Society complies with U.S. Copyright laws and will not knowingly provide copies in violation of said laws.
The Society can furnish copies of many of the photographs in its collection:
Many of our photographs can be found in our shop or online here. If you would like to purchase a photograph in a size not listed, contact us directly and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
The Historical Society of Carroll County, Maryland, Inc.
210 East Main Street, Westminster MD 21157
Phone: (410) 848-6494 Email: Info@HSCCmd.org
HSCC Website: www.HSCCmd.org