Resources

Student and faculty working in the Global Interaction and Exchange Program at the University of Maryland have a vast array of archives, collections, and other resources easily accessible to them, both on campus and nearby. The University of Maryland possesses one of the best collections in the United States related to labor and working-class history, including the voluminous George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive. Also housed on campus is the remarkable Gordon Prange Collection of Japanese printed works from the post-World War II years, and excellent holdings in Women’s Studies, Mass Media and Culture, and other areas.

Meanwhile, the largest and most important archive in the United States, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA II) is just one mile from campus. As part of the Big Ten Conference, we participate in a library program that vastly increases our resources, allowing students to easily obtain books from the libraries of the other universities. In nearby Washington D.C., students have access to the collections of the Library of Congress, with over 23 million books; the Smithsonian Institution; the Folger Library; two major archives of religious material at the American Catholic History Research Center and the Georgetown University Archives; and National Archives and Record Administration I which holds extensive military and genealogical records. Many of the big federal agencies such as Commerce, Labor, and Treasury have research libraries which can support specific research projects. In addition, the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda is an extraordinary resource. The Baltimore Museum of Industry includes archival holdings, and the Hagley Museum and Library near Wilmington, Delaware, which its Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, is one of the nation’s leading research facilities in those fields.