Montgomery County Archives

Montgomery County Archives The County Archives is the official repository for the permanently valuable records of the Executive and Legislative branches of Montgomery County Government.

The Montgomery County Archives is the official repository for the permanently valuable records of the Executive and Legislative branches of the Montgomery County government. Pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulations 14:18:03, the Montgomery County Archives collects, preserves, and makes available, the records of the: (1) County executive’s office and its departments; (2) County Council and its departments; (3) County Boards and Commissions; (4) County administrative offices; and (5) Municipal government offices.

The Archives is temporarily open by appointment only. Please call 301-340-2974 if you wish to visit!
11/01/2018

The Archives is temporarily open by appointment only. Please call 301-340-2974 if you wish to visit!

Residents of Montgomery County have always cared about voting! The Archives has many collections related to voting issue...
09/04/2018

Residents of Montgomery County have always cared about voting! The Archives has many collections related to voting issues, political campaigns, and organizations that were invested in civic activism, especially in the decades following WWII. See the following collections related to elections and voting history in Montgomery County:
League of Women Voters
Charter Review Commission
Montgomery County Charter Committee
Stella Werner Papers
James Gleason Papers
Finding aids can be viewed here:
http://montgomeryhistory.org/montgomery-county-archives/record-groups-finding-aids/

08/09/2018
"Montgomery County Cemetery Inventory Revisited" by Glenn Wallace

This is an important project, supported by a literal army of volunteers, many of whom are also volunteers for Montgomery History.

On May 5, 2018, at the annual conference of the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, Vice President, Glenn Wallace describes the on-going Montgomery C...

07/31/2018

Nice to have some folks from the Boyds Historical Society here at the Archives yesterday, working on organizing their records: continuing to preserve their own history as well as the history of their community.

Leading up to the Montgomery County elections, we'll be featuring the MoCo Councilmembers from the past whose papers are...
06/18/2018

Leading up to the Montgomery County elections, we'll be featuring the MoCo Councilmembers from the past whose papers are in our collections.

Today's councilmember is Neal Potter, who served six terms on the MoCo County Council (1970-1986 and 1994-1998), including three terms as president, and one term as County Executive, 1990-1994.

During his tenure as Councilmember, Potter played a leading role in Council actions on controlling development, fiscal affairs, tax legislation, sewage and transportation issues, and assessment inequities. While on the Council, he sponsored bills to establish the Office of Public Advocate for Assessments and Taxation, and the Montgomery County Conservation Corps. In addition, he authored Council-sponsored State legislation on taxation, farmland preservation, and farmland assessment. Potter was also instrumental in the formation of the Home Purchase Cost Investigation Committee.

The Archives has an extensive collection of Neal Potter's papers that are currently undergoing an update. Check back soon for the complete Papers of Neal Potter, a collection that spans his entire career and more, from 1948-2008.

Leading up to the Montgomery County elections, we'll be featuring the MoCo Councilmembers from the past whose papers are...
06/13/2018

Leading up to the Montgomery County elections, we'll be featuring the MoCo Councilmembers from the past whose papers are in our collections.

Today's councilmember is Esther Gelman, who served from 1974-1984, as well as maintaining a socially and politically active career across many organizations, including the MNCPPC, the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), the MetropolitanWashington Council of Governments (COG), and the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Read more about her career and her materials in our collection here:
http://montgomeryhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/gelman.pdf

Welcome to summer! The Archives will be closed for the next three weeks (May 21-June 10). Come on in for summer research...
05/19/2018

Welcome to summer! The Archives will be closed for the next three weeks (May 21-June 10). Come on in for summer research projects starting Monday, June 11 at 10:00 am.

04/24/2018
Community Action Agency (5 min.)

The Montgomery County Community Action Agency is celebrating 50 years of outstanding community service and advocacy on behalf of lower-income families in our communities. The Archives was pleased to provide their staff with historical documents from our Community Action Committee and League of Women Voters collections for their anniversary events and retrospectives, including an awards ceremony on May 22.

Watch a short video on their history and programs here-- many of the historical documents shown are straight out of the Archives!
#historymatters #everydayarchives

Montgomery County Community Action Agency celebrates more than 50 years of service.

Did you know that the central business district of Silver Spring was almost an entirely enclosed retail shopping and din...
02/05/2018

Did you know that the central business district of Silver Spring was almost an entirely enclosed retail shopping and dining center with a water park, family entertainment center, and ice palace? For 6 months in 1996, after several years of plans, committee meetings, feasibility studies, and developer plans/bids, the "American Dream" plan for Silver Spring was moving forward... until it didn't. Find out how Silver Spring was transformed, over more than a decade, as the 20th century came to a close.
Here's our newest finding aid: Records of the Silver Spring Regional Services Center, 1979-2000.http://montgomeryhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mca_RG01_fa_silver-spring-regional-services-center.pdf

Did you know the Archives has one of the oldest sets of aerial photos taken of Montgomery County, dating from 1937-1943?...
01/22/2018

Did you know the Archives has one of the oldest sets of aerial photos taken of Montgomery County, dating from 1937-1943? Taken originally by the Soil Conservation District, images like this one have been invaluable to architects, developers, property owners and historians alike. Want to know what was on your property 75 years ago? Come find out!

11/21/2017
montgomeryhistory.org

It's finally here! The completed and updated finding aid for the Montgomery County Department of Libraries collection is now available on our website. Fourteen series and 40+ cubic feet of material provides all you ever wanted to know (and more) about the history of the public library system. check it out here:

11/05/2017

The Archives will be closed on Tuesday, November 7.

Montgomery History--along with dozens of other fascinating specialized repositories-- will be at the Archives Fair this ...
10/18/2017

Montgomery History--along with dozens of other fascinating specialized repositories-- will be at the Archives Fair this Saturday, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Panel discussions and performances too-- check out the full schedule and participants here: https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/events/archives-fair/2017

The 1950s exhibit is open! Visit the Beall-Dawson museum at 103 W. Montgomery Ave. in Rockville Thursday-Sunday: http://...
10/18/2017

The 1950s exhibit is open!

Visit the Beall-Dawson museum at 103 W. Montgomery Ave. in Rockville Thursday-Sunday:
http://montgomeryhistory.org/boom-the-1950s-in-montgomery-county/

Check out the first community speaker's event supporting the exhibit:
http://montgomeryhistory.org/travel-and-leisure-in-maryland-during-jim-crow/

Take a look at the new online exhibit of the experience of desegregation in Montgomery County, using oral history interviews for a first-person account of this monumental time in history:
http://montgomeryhistory.org/online-exhibit-desegregation/

Ghosts of DC covers the history of Richard Montgomery, namesake of Montgomery County. Check out the blog post for a hist...
10/01/2017
Why Is It Named Montgomery County? - Ghosts of DC

Ghosts of DC covers the history of Richard Montgomery, namesake of Montgomery County. Check out the blog post for a history refresher!

Some GoDCers (probably quite a few) live just across the District line in Montgomery County. But, how many of you know the etymology of the county? We should probably do one of these for every county in the area, just like we did a while ago for Arlington. So, why is it named Montgomery County? …

The 1950s were a monumental time for schools in Montgomery County: the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision made se...
09/27/2017

The 1950s were a monumental time for schools in Montgomery County: the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision made segregation illegal, and Montgomery was the first county in Maryland to begin the integration process, from 1955-1961.
Look for a dedicated online exhibit on desegregation associated with Montgomery History's new exhibit: BOOM!: the 1950s in Montgomery County, opening in the Beall-Dawson House on October 14:
http://montgomeryhistory.org/boom-the-1950s-in-montgomery-county/

NEW EXTENDED HOURS! Archivist Sarah Hedlund has taken on additional responsibilities as the Librarian for the Jane Sween...
09/06/2017

NEW EXTENDED HOURS!
Archivist Sarah Hedlund has taken on additional responsibilities as the Librarian for the Jane Sween Research Library at Montgomery History, which keeps open hours Wednesdays through Saturdays. To alleviate conflicts, the Montgomery County Archives will adjust its operation days to Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:00-4:00, starting next week September 11 and 12.
Always feel free to call for an appointment or request remote research services if our hours do not fit your schedule.

Honoring workers, generations before as well as those today, fighting for fair wages and reasonable working hours/condit...
08/28/2017

Honoring workers, generations before as well as those today, fighting for fair wages and reasonable working hours/conditions.
The Archives will be closed Thursday, August 31-Monday September 4.
Happy Labor Day! 🇺🇲️

How much do you know about your county libraries? Coming soon: a newly processed collection of the administrative histor...
08/09/2017

How much do you know about your county libraries? Coming soon: a newly processed collection of the administrative history of the Department of Public Libraries, from Library Director and Board management to branch development, to budget and financing, all in the name of bringing you quality library services for more than 75 years. Updated finding aid will be posted soon!

06/22/2017

The Archives will be CLOSED for two weeks starting June 26. We will reopen on Monday, July 10 for normal business hours. Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇲️🎉

The records of Steve Silverman, County Council member and chair of the Planning, Housing and Economic Development commit...
06/19/2017

The records of Steve Silverman, County Council member and chair of the Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee from 1999-2006, are now available for research at the Archives. Finding aid is available here:
http://montgomeryhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mca_rg17-fa_silverman_steve.pdf

The Archives recently acquired several fascinating archaeological reports from the ICC MD-200 project, conducted in 2011...
05/22/2017

The Archives recently acquired several fascinating archaeological reports from the ICC MD-200 project, conducted in 2011 and 2014. The reports contain photos and records of artifacts collected from an African-American homestead owned by Malinda Jackson and her family circa 1870-1917. There are also reports from two other sites noted for their connection to African-American history in Montgomery County, as well as a complete account of the area going back to 16,000 B.C.
A more detailed description of the reports can be found in the new finding aid for this collection:
http://montgomeryhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mca_RG06_fa_AR-ICC-1.pdf

Montgomery County Archives
05/11/2017

Montgomery County Archives

05/04/2017

Montgomery County Archives has completely updated the descriptions of our Oral History collection! Each person interviewed now has biographical profile, as well as a list of subjects addressed and people discussed in each interview.

Check out the new page here:
http://montgomeryhistory.org/montgomery-county-archives/oral-history-finding-aids/

Thanks to volunteer Claire McDonald for researching our Oral History transcripts and preparing the individual finding aids.

The Archives has  over 50 oral histories from Montgomery County leaders, history makers and residents, like this one fro...
04/17/2017

The Archives has over 50 oral histories from Montgomery County leaders, history makers and residents, like this one from Kensington native Mary Hall. Her unique oral history, recorded in 1975, refers to a collection of 32 mounted photographs of early-1900s Kensington taken by photographer Frank T. Chapman, as well as featuring sketches done in real time by artist Judith Simmons.
Brand-new finding aids will be posted soon to our website to make our oral histories more searchable.

03/16/2017
» Preserving Your Family Papers and Photos

Join Montgomery History for a FREE lecture on preserving those precious family memories!

Rockville Memorial Library (Meeting Room #1)
Saturday, March 18, 2017
4:30-6:00
FREE

Let Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., Archives Specialist at National Museum of American History, show you how to preserve your family papers and photographs! This FREE workshop gives a brief and basic overview of how anyone can take steps to preserve important family papers and photographs for the long term.

See event details here:

Let Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., Archives Specialist at National Museum of American History, show you how to preserve your family papers and photographs! This FREE workshop gives a brief and basic overview of how

1987 development concept for Silver Spring, published by the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. Av...
02/28/2017

1987 development concept for Silver Spring, published by the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. Available for research! Consult the finding aid here:
http://montgomeryhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mca_RG15_fa_maryland_national_capital_parks_planning_commission_with_index.pdf

Montgomery County Archives's cover photo
02/24/2017

Montgomery County Archives's cover photo

Montgomery County homestead from Jonesville, ca.1880, as featured in the National Museum of African American History and...
02/23/2017

Montgomery County homestead from Jonesville, ca.1880, as featured in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

02/12/2017

The Archives will be closed on Thursday, February 16 and Monday, February 20. Call for available appointments, if needed.

Richard Montgomery, Revolutionary War General and namesake of Maryland's Montgomery County, is buried at St. Paul's Chap...
01/23/2017

Richard Montgomery, Revolutionary War General and namesake of Maryland's Montgomery County, is buried at St. Paul's Chapel in New York. It is the only Colonial-era church still in Manhattan. Built in 1766, it is the site where George Washington prayed immediately after his inauguration as our first president. The monument honoring Richard Montgomery is displayed on the front of the building, and a narrative about the monument is part of the museum exhibit inside.

Happy Holidays! The archives will be open tomorrow, December 22, and will then be closed until Thursday, January 5.In th...
12/21/2016

Happy Holidays! The archives will be open tomorrow, December 22, and will then be closed until Thursday, January 5.

In the meantime, help us out! What is the collection of buildings in this photo? It is unmarked and was found in a book with no accompanying information. It may be a Montgomery County facility; it may not-- help us solve the mystery!

Are you interested in the development of Montgomery County as it appears today? Are you curious about how regional distr...
12/15/2016

Are you interested in the development of Montgomery County as it appears today? Are you curious about how regional districts, downtown cityscapes, parks, recreation facilities and suburban growth are planned and implemented all around you? Come peruse our newly expanded collection from the Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, with documents, statistics, growth forecasting, master plans and environmental reports spanning more than 50 years, from the 1950s to the early 2000s.

Fun photos from the SAM tour of the Archives a few weeks ago!
11/17/2016

Fun photos from the SAM tour of the Archives a few weeks ago!

Thank you again, Montgomery County Archives for hosting us on October 28th! We love field trips! Members, comment below if you want to visit another archive this semester! Stay tuned for Jen's blog post about our field trip.

MoCo Archives will be at MARAC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference) in Annapolis, Thursday-Saturday! Looking forw...
10/31/2016

MoCo Archives will be at MARAC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference) in Annapolis, Thursday-Saturday! Looking forward to meeting fellow archivists, catching up with colleagues and learning about exciting new projects in the archives world!

*Note: the Archives will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 3 for the conference. Normal operating hours resume Monday, November 7.

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8540 Anniversary Cir
Gaithersburg, MD
20877

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(301) 926-5002

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