Our location at the doorway of the nation’s capital provides graduate students with unparalleled opportunities to conduct primary research.  The George Meany AFL-CIO Archives, one of the nation’s largest archival collections in U.S. labor history, is now housed at the University of Maryland, as is the Library of American Broadcasting.  The National Archives is located adjacent to the Maryland campus and in downtown Washington, D.C., while the Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress are also a short metro ride away. The National Institutes of Health, the Department of Agriculture, various units of the National Park Service, and other government agencies offer our students additional libraries with rich artifactual and manuscript collections.  Other local institutions, both public and private, make the University of Maryland an ideal place to exercise a passion for understanding the American past.