Resources

A variety of archives, collections, and other resources in College Park and in the greater DC area are at the disposal of students in Global Interaction and Exchange.  Near the University is the voluminous National Archives and Records Administration (NARA II).  On campus, the University houses the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive; the Gordon Prange Collection of Japanese print works from the post-World War II years; and excellent holdings in Women’s Studies, Mass Media and Culture, and other areas.  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 Washington DC, students have access to the collections of the non-lending Library of Congress, with over 23 million books; the Smithsonian Institution; the Folger Library; and NARA I, featuring the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence.  Many of the big federal agencies such as Commerce or Treasury have research libraries.  In addition, the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda is an extraordinary resource.  In Baltimore, there is the Museum of Industry, with archives, and in Wilmington, DE, the Hagley Museum and Library of business and technology.