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Salisbury University Archives

The Salisbury University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available the historical and institutional records of Salisbury University. The collections document the University’s history from its founding as the Maryland State Normal School in 1925 to the present.

Items in the University Archives that have an enduring value to SU’s mission have been selected to be permanently retained for continued access. Collections included in the Salisbury University Archives tell the unique story of our school through yearbooks and publications, photographs and film, departmental records, faculty papers, student theses, and university artifacts. 

Special Collections

The Salisbury University Special Collections offer unique opportunities for historical research and engagement with primary source materials. These rare manuscripts allow students and scholars alike to explore the histories and peoples of the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. While some Special Collections items originate from abroad, the primary focus of the collection is American social history—ranging from a 1797 Shutesbury, Massachusetts general store ledger to a 1979 Gnome Gnotebook travel diary.

The Special Collections items consist of a variety of formats and subjects; the most common format found among the collections are diaries. Handwritten journals, diaries, and scrapbooks lend insight into the world of ordinary (and extraordinary) people who experienced the past, including glimpses of their daily activities, thoughts, and relationships. Similarly, the records of organizations, clubs, or businesses document the different ways in which people interacted and exchanged ideas. All of these Special Collections highlight certain subjects that underlie specific research interests, such as gender and sexuality, urban and rural lifestyles, youth culture, spirituality, wartime, occupations, family life, racism, and health.

The Special Collections also include books and publications that support historical research at Salisbury University. In addition to multiple volume sets about the Union and Confederate Armies during the Civil War, there are historic books that relate to education studies, Congressional proceedings, children’s literature, religion, and world history. These books have been cataloged and can be discovered through the USMAI Online Catalog.

Materials in the Salisbury University Archives and Special Collections are available in the Nabb Center Reading Room at the Guerrieri Academic Commons upon request. For any questions, please contact Ian Post, the University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, at or (410) 677-0020. For more information, visit the Contact Us page.

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