Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture


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Saturday Hours

Feb. 6 - May 7

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Exhibit Gallery Hours

February 5 – April 29

Mon., Wed., Fri. 1-4 p.m.

This Trip Is a Treat:  Looking Back at Steamboating to Salisbury a Century Ago

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Upcoming Closings

March 14-18

May 30

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The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University is a humanities research laboratory for university students that also fulfills the historical resource needs of a variety of community researchers.  Founded in 1982, it was endowed in 1998 by Edward H. Nabb, an attorney and philanthropist from Cambridge, Maryland and renamed in his honor. 

Family and local researchers frequent the Nabb Research Center for its wealth of information on family and cultural history.  Distinctive photograph and artifact collections bring the Eastern Shore of the past 150 years to life, offering insight into its traditions and heritage.  Public presentations on historical topics, educational seminars and exhibits showcase the Shore’s rich history and culture.

Our non-circulating library contains books, serials, archival and artifact collections relating to United States history, the greater Chesapeake region and the Delmarva Peninsula. Our extensive primary and secondary regional archival collection contains family histories, correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, ledgers, diaries, local business and organizational records, maps, newspapers, land surveys, oral histories and rare books.  Included in our microfilm collection are governmental and church records pertaining mainly to Somerset, Worcester, Dorchester and Wicomico counties in Maryland; Accomack and Northampton counties in Virginia; and Sussex County in Delaware. Archaeological materials, furniture, vintage clothing and coverlets, household items, tools, and military memorabilia comprise a portion of our artifact collection and are used for classroom instruction and exhibits.  One of our best resources is the specialized expertise of the Nabb Research Center staff. 

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The Delmarva Peninsula, also known as the Eastern Shore, embraces the state of Delaware and the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland and Virginia. Bounded on the west by the Chesapeake Bay and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, it comprises a distinct geographical region. The peninsula has been inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years and was one of the first places in North America colonized by European and African immigrants. 

Although predominantly rural, its landscape also supports numerous urban and suburban pockets. Its diverse economy includes agricultural, maritime, lumbering, tourism, and industrial sectors.  Its distinct borders, long history, rich ethnic mix, and diverse economy along with an abundance of primary materials to make the Delmarva Peninsula an inviting subject for historical research.  Delmarva is one of the earliest sites of European settlement.  The primary sources that record that history make it a must-see for family history researchers.

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