About the Society’s Collection
HSCC works with objects relating to the history and culture of Carroll County, MD, a region settled in the early 18th-century by Pennsylvania Germans and Tidewater English emigrants. The collection is somewhat richer in material relating to Westminster, the largest town and the county seat, but the collection includes significant objects from throughout the County. The combined collection contains approximately 40,000 items dating from the settlement period to the present. These include almost 25,000 documents in the manuscript collection and over 5,000 photographs. Of the Society’s 9,000 three-dimensional holdings, the greatest numbers are in the textile category (3,000 artifacts), including clothing dating to the 1830s and quilts; ceramics and glass (1,000 artifacts), including a collection of locally-produced redware; furniture (500 artifacts), including examples of Baltimore furniture; and eleven tall clocks made in Carroll County and southern Pennsylvania. The collection includes objects that document local businesses and institutions.
Six (6) distinct bodies of artifacts and documents comprise ‘the Collection’. These components are:
- Permanent: Items of historical and educational significance that are preserved in perpetuity, including the three historic houses owned and operated by HSCC.
- Library/Reference: Materials acquired by HSCC for use in its Library, especially family history items.
- Historical Society Archives: Records and publications generated by HSCC in its daily activities.
- Architectural & Archaeological Artifacts: Whole or in fragments recovered by HSCC while working on HSCC historic structures or sites.
- Study: Original or reproduced objects intended for research or educational programming.
- Education: Objects acquired by HSCC for use in educational programming.