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 – Fridays: 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturdays: By Appointment
Sundays: CLOSED

By appointment for group or school tours.

The HCHS Archive follows the closure schedule of the Miller Branch Library of the Howard County Library System, and therefore will be closed most federal holidays. The archive is also closed Christmas Eve through January 2nd.

Fees apply for photo reproductions and photocopies.


Learn More


Learn More


Learn More

Did You Know?
The Glenelg Country School opened using the country estate home built by General and Mrs. Tyson in the 1850s in 1954.