HCHS Research & Archive Overview

The Howard County Historical Society’s library and archive contains thousands of documents, photographs, slides, maps, books, and other materials that can help your search for genealogical and historical information.

As of 2014, The Howard County Historical Society is nationally registered as a historic “stop” on the Underground Railroad. Researchers can obtain copies of original manumission documents, slave ledgers, court records, marriage certificates, historic plantation information and photographs.

Archive & Research Library Location & Hours

Location: The Charles E. Miller Branch and Historical Center
9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
(The Historical Society is located on the second floor of the Charles E. Miller Branch Library)

Mondays & Tuesdays: 1:00PM-8:00PM
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 1:00PM-5:00PM
Saturdays: 1:00PM-5:00PM
Sundays: CLOSED

By appointment for group or school tours.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas day, New Year’s day, and on holidays observed by the public library.

Fees apply for photo reproductions and photocopies.


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Did You Know?
Lord Baltimore made the first land grant to Adam Shipley in what was then known as Upper Anne Arundel County in 1687.