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Want to learn more about Early America? Start your research here!

Updated: Mar 21

From time to time, we get asked for help with homework, research problems, and burning questions from the public. So, we thought we’d share some of our go-to resources for doing research! This post will be updated as we find new resources. Make sure to check out our YouTube page and other blogs as well!

Other Museums, Historic Sites and Living History Organizations

Colonial Williamsburg

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Historic Annapolis

Historic St. Mary's City

Historic Sotterly

Historic London Town and Gardens

Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Maryland Center for History and Culture

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Mount Calvert Historical and Archeological Park

Smithsonian Geneaology Research Guide

Smithsonian Institution Collections

Smithsonian Environmental Archaeology Laboratory

Primary Sources

Digital Maryland

Library of Congress

National Archives

The Geography of Slavery in Virginia - a database of primary sources on enslaved and indentured freedom seekers from Maryland and Virginia

The Maryland Gazette Collection - Microfilm of Maryland Gazette between 1728 and 1839 held by the Maryland State Archives

Virginia Gazette Collections

Eighteenth Century Maryland Newspapers (Library of Congress)

1670 Herrman/Withinbrook Map of Maryland and Virginia (Library of Congress)

1752 Bowen “A new and accurate map of Virginia & Maryland” (Library of Congress)

Indigenous History and Culture

Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians

Piscataway Conoy

National Museum of the American Indian

Smithsonian Environmental Archaeology Laboratory

The Flickering Flame - The Life and Legacy of Chief Turkey Tayac (Film)

Spirits in the River: A Report on the Piscataway People (Dr. Gabrielle Tayac for NMAI)

Piscataway Park and Local History

NPS Piscataway Park History

Piscataway Park NPS Collections

Piscataway Park Ethnographic Overview and Assessment

Ethnographic Resource Study - Subsistence Fishing in the Lower Potomac and Anacostia Rivers

The James Wilfong Architectural Photographs Collection - Prince George’s County Historical Society

MEDUSA – Maryland Historical Trust’s Online Database (buildings and archaeological sites)

Southern Maryland Studies Center Digital Collections

Food and Foodways


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